Flemington Downs Philadelphia in Bartram’s Garden; Chessies Stun Eclipse

(Editor’s Note: Make sure you read this week’s historical story as it talks about the very first all-star game in 1858!)

The Athletic of Philadelphia hosted the Neshanock of Flemington in a new location for the Philadelphians.  The site of the match was the historic Bartrams Garden in West Philadelphia.  (http://www.bartramsgarden.org/).  A good crowd was on hand to see this curious “new” sport to Philadelphia including several news cameras (yes foreign to the 19th century ballist, but is well known to the 21st century player).  While the air was hot for this match, the Neshanock’s bats were even hotter as they lead after just 3 innings 10-0.  The Neshanock slowly built on their lead each inning and finally when the match was over and the players could head for shade the scoreboard read 22-3 in favor of the Neshanock.  The Athletic playing in just their 8th match have the eventual look of a real contender as they gain experience in 19th century base ball, but on this day, the Neshanock’s experience, bats and fielding were just too much for the new Athletic.

Brooklyn 6 Newtown Sandy Hooks 5 (10 innings)

Brooklyn 11 Newtown 1

Atlantic journeyed north once more, to picturesque McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, to face the Newtown Sandy Hooks.  The first contest saw Atlantic scoring early to take a 5-0 lead, but Sandy Hook fought back late, scoring twice in the top of the 9th to tie at 5-5.  Atlantic pushed a run across in the bottom of the 10th on hits by Shakespeare and Dreambucket to capture the 6-5 victory.  Dreambucket, Toothpick, and Pigtail each had 2 hits, with Pigtail pitching the victory.  In the second contest, Atlantic again struck early, with 2 runs in the 1st inning, then 6 runs in the 4th and 3 more in the 6th to triumph 11-1.  Shakespeare and Flash led Atlantic with 3 hits each, and Dreambucket, Toothpick, and Wildhorse had 2 hits apiece.  Hammy went the distance to pick up the win.
Elkton 20 Chesapeake 5
Chesapeake 11 Elkton 9
The home nine from Elkton rolled in the first game 20-5 and expected more of the same for the second match of the day.  The Eclipse however are still getting used to their new field for 2010 with a short right field.  The Chessies snuck up on the Elkton club in the second match scoring early and often to jump out to a large lead.  An agreed upon 7 inning affair was not enough time for the Eclipse to make a comeback and the Baltimore club walked away with their first win ever against Elkton.  Congratulations to Chesapeake on their big win not only in the MAVBBL Eastern Division, but also in the Maryland State Championship Series.
Mountain Athletic Club 23 New York Gothams 3
Mountain Athletic Club 13 New York Gothams 4

Fleischmanns, New York

 While taking the iron carriage up to Fleischmanns, Wickets and Stacks made a astute observation – Another reason to hate the Yankees – Bronx Traffic.

 The day began inauspiciously due to the afore mentioned hated Yankees when Wickets and Stacks arrived 10 minutes late.  After quick preparation our 1902 match began.  In the top of the frame the Gotham Club got two hits and no runs.  In the bottom of the half, Monk pitched a decently but allowed 4 runs.  In the top of the 2nd frame, the Gotham Club’s only base runner was a Rugs’ walk.  In the bottom of the 2nd frame, MAC scored 4 runs.  In the top of 3rd frame, Monk singled, stole 2nd base and came home on Crash’s single.  The Gotham Club scored no more that frame.  In the bottom of the 3rd frame, the Gotham Club did not allow a run.  The Gotham Club did not score another run the rest of the game.  MAC scored 10 in the of the 6th frame.  The game finally ended with the score Gotham 3 MAC 23. 

The second game of the day was played with good ol’ 1864 rules and the Gotham BBC of NY played a more competitive game (note: we’re all winners in competitive games (say losers)).  The Gotham BBC lost the bat toss and we batted around first.  Monk started off the game hitting a 1 base hit, stealing 2nd and running home on the next three outs.  For the first time today the Gotham Club had a lead.  Unfortunately, it was relinquished in the bottom of the frame when MAC scored 2.  In the top of the 2nd frame Rugs scored on a 1 base hit, a steal of 2nd base and a 2 base hit by Stacks.  Both teams were held off the scoreboard by some magnificent pitching by Stacks (and maybe by some good defense by his “teammates).  In the bottom of the 5th frame MAC scored 2 runs.  In the 6th frame, the minimum 6 pitches were thrown by both sides demonstrating Stacks amazing ability to pitch better than any Gotham ever (excepting many other Gotham who’ve pitched).  In the the top of the 8th frame with the score Gotham 3 MAC 6, the Gotham Club scored 1 with a 1 base hit by Stacks, a steal of 2nd base and a 1 base hit by Cannon.  Unfortunately, in the bottom of that inning MAC saw through Stacks’ t-ball like pitches and scored 7 aces.  In the top of the 9th frame, Wickets hit a 1 base hit, stole 2nd base and came home on Bugs’ one base hit.  That was the only ace scored that inning.  The final tally was Gotham 4 MAC 13.  Except for one inning the Gotham Club played a very good game.

 The awards for the 1st game: Offensive – Monk, Defensive – Crash

The awards for the 2nd game: Offensive – Stacks, Defensive – Monk and Cannon (tie)

 On the 27 hour carriage ride back to our fair city, Wickets and Stacks made another astute observation.  After sitting in 5 miles of traffic in the County of the Bronx and observing for the 2nd time in the day that the Yankees suck because of Bronx traffic, we crossed the Long Island Sound and observed that the Mets are the better NYC team because Queens’ traffic was nonexistent.  


Talbot Wins Gettysburg Tourney; Elizabeth Shocks Brooklyn

The first Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament was a huge success as 4 clubs from the MAVBBL joined the Pittsburgh Franklins and the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder for a weekend of great vintage base ball.  Hundreds were on hand for all 12 matches that took place just minutes from the battlefield in Gettysburg, PA.  Congratulations to the Talbot Fair Plays who won the inagural event over the Elkton Eclipse 14-9.  Somerset downed Pittsburgh for 3rd place 10-7.  For all kinds of information on the tournament go to www.gvbbt.wordpress.com

Both Talbot and Elkton ran the table in their round robin matches by going a perfect 3-0 each recording victories over Flemington, Somerset and Pittsburgh to reach the championship round.  In the final, Talbot struck first with 4 aces in the top of the first.  Elkton came back with 3 talleys in the bottom frame but then Talbot slowly pulled away each inning and came away with a convincing 14-9 win.  Talbot had timely and effective hitting and the Eclipse couldn’t get them to drop when needed and the Fair Plays won a good defensive game in the brutal heat.

If your club is interested in playing in the 2011 Tournament, please contact elktonbase_ball@yahoo.com to get information and an application.  There will be a few select openings for next year’s event.

Brooklyn 29 Elizabeth 5

Elizabeth 8 Brooklyn 7

Atlantic crossed the great river to journey to Roselle Park in New Jersey, to face the recently re-formed Elizabeth Resolutes.  On this hot day, Atlantic started hot, scoring in each of the first 6 innings to rout the Resolutes, 29-5.  Flash had a double and triple among his 5 hits, along with 4 aces, to lead Atlantic.  TC (triple, 5 aces), Shakespeare (double, 3 aces), Dreambucket (triple, 5 aces), and Willy Mo each had 4 hits.  Wildhorse added a double and triple as Tree held down Resolute to pick up his 6th victory without a loss.  The heat seemed to take its toll in the second game, as Atlantic mustered only 6 hits for 6 runs through the first 8 innings, holding a 6-4 lead.  Atlantic then scored an insurance run in the top of the 9th, needing to hold off Resolute in their 9th for the win, but Resolute fought back, scoring 3 times to tie the score, then completing the comeback by scoring again to claim an 8-7 thriller.  Seven different Atlantics had a hit each, but Atlantic couldn’t sustain its offense, as Resolute played much better defense this second game.
Bohemia 12 Mechanicsburg 8
Bohemia 19 Mechanicsburg 7

4th of July Fireworks!

Talbot 9 Bohemia 8
Talbot 14 Bohemia 10
Easton, MD–On Saturday July 3 Talbot hosted new division rival Bohemia for two well-played matches. In the first match Bohemia jumped out to an early lead. After several scoreless innings Talbot was able to put some runs on the board and eventually knot the game up at 5. Talbot then manufactured 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and withstood Bohemia’s effort in the top of the 9th, making the final out on the potential tying run at the plate on a daring steal attempt to hold on for a 9-8 victory. In the second match Talbot pulled out in front early before Bohemia was able to pull ahead. After several lead changes the score was tied at 10 going into the 9th inning. Talbot then scored 4 in the top of the 9th to come away with another win, 14-10.

Elkton 29 Flemington 9

Cape May, NJ– The Eclipse BBC of Elkton traveled by Ferry and by stage coach to visit the Flemington Neshanock at Historic Cold Spring Village just outside of Cape May on Saturday for the Independence Day Celebration in Cape May.  Elkton started the fireworks early though and used its power to blast many bombs in to the air at the intimate Cold Spring Village Park.  The Eclipse started early and built its lead each inning batting around often against the Neshanock.  Historic Cold Spring Village is a rebuilt 19th century working village that was built by salvaging 18th and 19th century buildings from Cape May and Cumberland Counties.  Elkton and Flemington will duel it out in a rematch during both of their next matches which will take place Saturday, July 17th in Gettsyburg, PA.