“The Chopper” Is Coming

*** UPDATE***  8:00am

The Matches for Sunday are on!  A couple of scheduling changes though…

Flemington is scratched so Arundel will play Potomac at 11:15 and Potomac vs Flemington is canceled. Stay tuned here for more updates throughout the day if weather turns bad. 

The 4th Annual “Chopper” Base Ball Festival is coming to Elk Landing in Elkton, MD on April 24 and 25, 2010.  This event which formerly featured Maryland Clubs vs New Jersey Clubs and then Maryland Clubs vs Other States Clubs has grown to 12 participants in 2010.

On Saturday, some of the most veteran clubs in vintage base ball will be playing along side of some of the newest.  The Elizabeth Resolutes, the Elkton Eclipse and the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder will join the Diamond State BBC of Delaware, the Athletic BBC of Philadelphia and the Eureka BBC of Bohemia for an action packed day of 19th century base ball.

On Sunday, 9 clubs will be take the apple starting at 9:30am as clubs from Potomac, Chesapeake, Arundel, Bohemia, Flemington, Talbot, Elkton, Havre de Grace and Somerset play matches just the way they would have in 1864.  Stay tuned to this site next week for all the scores and recaps!

On April 17th the Annual New York/New Jersey Cup took place at Old Bethpage.  The Flemington Neshanock dropped two matches to the locals 24-12 to the Brooklyn Excelsiors from Old Bethpage and they took it on the chin 13-2 against the New York Mutuals.

The Neshanock’s fortunes turned around on Sunday though as they won a division match against their rival from Elizabeth as they downed the Resolutes 9-6 to pick up an all important divisional win.

On April 18th we saw a brand new club play its inagural matches against the defending league champion Elkton Eclipse.  The Bohemia Eurkeas will be an excellent club as they move from muffin status to veterans but the Eclipse on the 18th were too much for the upstarts as the Eclipse won both matches. (See match of the week for more details). 

In other match action this past weekend, Potomac increased its overall record to 3-1 with a split of matches between itself and the Diamond States from Delaware.  Potomac won the first match 28-5 and Delaware came away with the nightcap 8-4.

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  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 23, 2010)

    PHILADELPHIA’S FIRST VINTAGE BASE BALL CLUB READY TO MAKE HISTORY

    PHILADELPHIA – The reincarnated Athletic Base Ball Club will open its inaugural season with a doubleheader in the 4th Annual Chopper Baseball Festival in Elkton, Maryland on Saturday.

    Based on the amateur club of the same name that called Philadelphia home during the 19th century, Athletic is Philadelphia’s only vintage base ball club and plays the sport using the rules and customs of the 1860s.

    The club aims to educate fans and children about Philadelphia’s storied baseball past.

    “I was excited about turning people on to what I think was an exciting era in both the history of base ball as well as the history of Philadelphia,” said Athletic founder and manager Scott Alberts. “Forming a team to play actual games seemed like a particularly fun way to do that.”

    Athletic will face the Elizabeth Resolutes Saturday morning with the first pitch scheduled for 11AM. The club will then face the Bohemia Eurekas in the afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for approximately 3PM.

    Founded in the early 1980s, vintage base ball is baseball played by the rules and customs of the 19th century complete with period reproduction uniforms and equipment. Currently there are over 400 vintage base ball clubs across the nation.

    Athletic will play 14 games this season, including six home games in Fairmount Park. The club opens the home portion of the schedule on May 2 against the Diamond State Base Ball Club.

    For more information about Athletic visit http://www.philadelphiabaseballreview.com/pvbbc

    Media inquiries should contact:
    Patrick Gordon pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com
    http://www.philadelphiabaseballreview.com/pvbbc
    215-776-6695

    Scott Alberts
    Athletic B.B.C. Manager
    phillyvintagebbc@gmail.com

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