One Club in Action for Memorial Day Weekend

One club was playing this weekend in the MAVBBL and it was the Brooklyn Atlantics.  The Atlantic have become quite acustomed to New England this year, and this weekend was no exception.  Because there were not a lot of games this weekend, make sure you check out the all new updated Festivals and Tournaments section for 2011.  If you know of a festival or tournament featuring one or more of our MAVBBL clubs, let us know so we can publicize your event!

The Atlantics celebrated Decoration Day by traveling to Hartford, Connecticut for the Colt Meadows Invitational.  In a time-limited first match, the Atlantics went eight strong innings against the Whately Pioneers in a 1886 match.  Up against former Major League Pitcher and World Series Champion Jim Bouton, the Atlantics fell to the score of 7-5.  Shakespeare, Dreambucket, Willy Mo and Butcher all collected singles while Captain Pigtail showed how its done with a deep double to leftfield.  TC did not chase Bouton’s infamous knuckleball and amassed 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and 2 aces. 

As the temperatures rose in Hartford, the Atlantics joined the New London Thames for a friendly 1864 match.  The Atlantics have not seen New London since 2005, and quickly reminded them of our famed Atlantic Defense taking a 9-1 lead.  Dreambucket, Toothpick and Flash (double, triple) all had two hits and Pigtail picked up the victory with a 10-4 win.

 The Atlantics next play an underhand/overhand doubleheader (1864/1886) to celebrate Old Dutch Day on Saturday June 4th vs the Newtown Sandy Hooks at home in Smithtown, NY.


Atlantic Takes 2 From Fair Plays-Splits with Essex

The Talbot Fair Plays ventured to Smithtown, New York for the first time for a first class match featuring two of the league’s historically best clubs.  The Atlantic offense started off strong with 5 aces tallied in the top half of the first capped by a Flash homerun over the centerfield fence.  From there on out the Fairplays and Atlantics played a balanced game with the Atlantics taking the 10-4 victory.  TC, Shakespeare, Toothpick, Wildhorse, Hammy and Flash all contributed two hits to the Atlantic offense.  The Atlantic defense in keeping with our mission statement of teaching vintage base ball supplied Talbot leftfielder Moonlight with a first hand lesson on the intricacies of the Hidden Ball Trick.  Atlantic Captain Hammy was on a similar train of thought as he provided a tutorial on the incorrect method of sliding into third that required the local ambulatory wagon.

The second match, also an 1864 event, featured the Wildhorse show, as George Ferchland compiled 4 hits, 3 aces and pitched a complete game 18-10 victory.  TC and Butcher were right behind him with 3 hits and 2 aces a piece.

The Atlantics and Fairplays will meet again July 9th in Easton, Maryland.
Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn vs Essex Base Ball Club
On Sunday, the Essex Base Ball Club traveled to the Islip Grange in Sayville, New York to play the Atlantics in a rematch from the week before.  With both teams taking advantage of the short rightfield treeline, this back and forth contest concluded in the Atlantics favor to the score of 18-13.  Tree pitched the first 8 innings with vintage closer Mickey The Lip throwing a 10 pitch, 1-2-3 ninth inning.  Tree avenged his loss from last weekend and the Atlantic offense swatted 7 doubles into the trees.  Shakespeare had a day going 4 for 4, with Toothpick, TC and Hawk each muscling 3 hits a piece. 

The 1861 match went back and forth through 5 innings, but the Essex club took a 14-7 lead into the ninth.  The Atlantics made a match of it with a four run rally but fell short 14-11.  Dreambucket and Butcher contributed 3 hits each and the Atlantics sent five more doubles into the woods. 

The Essex Base Ball Club took the season series from the Atlantics 3 games to 1.

Eclipse BBC of Elkton 9  Diamond State BBC of Delaware 8

In what was one of the finest matches played involving the Eclipse Club, the Diamond States gave the visitors all they could handle and more.   For the first time in the Eclipse’s history, not only were they white washed for the first 3 innings, but held hittless as well.  The First Staters didn’t fare much better as they could muster only 2 hits through the first 4 innings.  The game was very well played in the field by both clubs as both showed off their defensive prowess.  Not a muff was to be made until the 4th inning by either side.  Hitting was at a premium as well.  Finally, the willows woke up for both clubs after a time around the line up.  Delaware struck first with an ace in the 4th and then the Eclipse came back with a pair in its half of the inning.  The timely hitting of Dubs, Hammer, and Cowboy kept the visitors in the match all day.  Small ball was the order of the day as both clubs traded the lead back and forth each inning, until the Diamond States struck with 4 runs in the top of the 8th inning to take an 8-5 lead.   In the bottom of the eighth, the Eclipse’s relaibles rallied to pull the score to 8-7 going in to the 9th.  The hosts from Delaware were held scoreless in their frame and faced the lower half of the Eclipse order.  Early got on base first and was moved over to second on a clutch ground out by Taco.  Ones, who had not seen a base all day then hit the ball to right promting Early to steam around third without looking and slid in to home under the tag and drop from the catcher.  Ones then advanced to 2nd on the play.  A long drive and hit by Dubs fittingly brought Ones home for the 9-8 win at Hagley in North Wilmington for the Eclipse’s 8th win of the season.

Gotham Sweeps Athletic- Moves to 5-1

The Athletic of Philadelphia traveled up to New York for its first ever meeting with the Gothams this past weekend.  To help the Gotham BBC inaugurate its home field, the Philadelphia Athletics swaggered into town pontificating that the Athletics are known to dominate lowly New York City teams. Hah! the Gotham team exclaimed.

 In its first match for the first time ever, Bugs took the mound to pitch. Through 9 frames, Bugs pitched a masterpiece by walking no one, and demonstrated an amazing confidence in his defense by pitching the ball before most of them were ready. In the top half of the first frame, the Athletics drew first aces with 2. In the bottom of the 1st frame, the offensive horse carriage, Keystone hit a 3 base hit, but his Gotham BBC teammates failed to bring him home. In the 2nd frame, the Gotham BBC held the Athletics scoreless and the Gotham BBC scored two on well struck 1 base hits and steals by Monk, Bugs and Stacks.

In the top half of the 3rd frame, the Athletics scored 2 more aces. In the bottom half of the 3rd frame, Flytrap scored an ace on a 1 base hit, 2 stolen bases and a 3 base hit by Wickets. Huzzah? With Collector umpiring the frame, 1 hand and Wickets on 3rd base, Wickets started reading from his well known how-to-run-the-bases book “Wickets and the Art of Running.” Monk hit a beautiful fly ball to left field; Wickets seizing the opportunity ran home; and the the left fielder proceeded to catch the ball and through to 3rd. Unfortunately for the Gotham BBC Wickets got doubled up. Collector with his usual enthusiasm, screamed him out!

 In the 4th frame, the Athletics scored 1 ace and the Gotham BBC batted more than around scoring 9 aces with Monk and Bugs scoring twice that frame. In the 5th frame, the Athletics scored 1 and the Gotham BBC followed with 3. The 6th frame, the Athletics scored for the last time that game and the Gotham BBC scored 8 more aces, with 4-pack getting his first stolen base as a Gotham. In the top of the 9th with 1 hand down and one Athletic on 1st base, Stacks took the cue from Bugs and believed in the Gotham BBC superior defense. He allowed a towering fly ball to drop through his hands, picked it up, threw to 2nd base getting the runner; and Keystone threw to 1st base getting the striker. Double play, end of game. Gotham BBC 21 Athletics 8.

In the 2nd match,  the Gotham BBC began the match with Collector, Flytrap and Bugs scoring aces. Hanky hit a 2 base hit but was stranded there. The Athletics matched the Gotham aces by tallying 3 of their own. Wickets stymied the Athletic offense by picking off an errant Athletic. In the top of the 2nd frame, Stacks, Mouth (Athletic), Collector, Flytrap and Wickets scored aces. In the bottom of the 2nd frame, the Athletics scored 1 ace. In the 3rd frame, the Athletics held the Gotham BBC to 0 aces and the Athletics scored 1 ace. In the top of the 4th frame, Wickets and Monk scored two aces. In the bottom of the 4th frame, the Athletics did not score thanks to an amazing foul ball, 1 bound out, slam into the fence, catch by Wickets.

 In the 5th frame, Collector, Wickets and Monk struck well, stole bases and scored aces! The Athletics scored 0 aces. In the top half of the 6th frame, the Gotham BBC did not score. In the bottom half of the 6th frame, Weed participated in all 3 hands holding the Athletics to 0 aces. In the 7th frame, Flytrap, Wickets and Monk hit 1 base hits, stole a few more and scored aces. Of course, Wickets kept his Gotham BBC teammates in conimption fits by almost getting picked off at 2nd base. In the the bottom of the 7th frame, Wickets picked off another Athletic. Apparently, the Athletics have studied Wickets’ 842 page tome “How to run bases AND get picked off.”

 In the 8th frame, Wickets was picked off at 2nd. However, Collector, Flytrap, Monk and Stacks scored aces, with Stacks stealing his way to 4th base. In the bottom 8th with an Athletic on 1st and 2nd bases, the Athletic struck the ball high to left field, the 2nd base base runner ran, Collector made a great catch, threw the ball perfectly to Hanky waiting at 2nd base to make the 2 handed play. No one scored in the 9th frame and the Gotham BBC won 20 Athletics 7.


In an important southern division match, the Fair Plays from Talbot kept up their winning ways by defeating the Potomac Nine from Washington 14-4 in the first game and squeeking by the club from our Nation’s Capital 6-5 in the night cap.  The Fair Plays improve to 5-1 in the Maryland Series and 4-0 in the southern division.


The Dauntless scored the first ace of the day in the first game, but then where white washed the rest of the way out as the Eclipse scored 22 unanswered runs to win the first game 22-1.  The second game was much more of a contest.  The Dauntless scored early and often to jump out to a good sized lead.  The Eclipse wittled their way back and facing a 13-12 deficit going in to the bottom of the 9th frame, the visitors from Elkton tallied 2 aces to win 14-13 in a very spirited match on what turned out to be a fine day for base ball.


On Sunday, May 15th, under bright skies and on a miraculously dry field at Jerusalem Mill, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore won both ends of a doubleheader from the Arundel Excelsior, 10-5 and 14-7.  Commodore and Scoop shared the hurling duties, which were made easier by great defensive play in the field.  It’s hay season at the Jerusalem village farms and the outfield grass was very tall but the Chesapeake scouts had no trouble chasing down the balls hit their way.  The hitting star of game one was Spider, who had several multiple base hits, and was wearing out a path between first and third.  In game two, Shooter hit what we all thought was an inside the park homerun, a majestic fly straight down the right field line, but after much discussion and a Solomonaic ruling on the part of the arbiter it was ruled a double.  It looked great nonetheless.  Huzza to both clubs for two very well-played and sportsmanlike contests.
Flemington squeeked by Elizabeth 13-12 on Saturday while Mechanicsburg and Delaware were rained out.  Mechanicsburg has been on the wrong side of rain outs and postponements all year and is still yet to get a match in.  Brooklyn had a tough time in New England dropping both games to the Essex BBC and then spliting on Sunday with the Providence Grays.

Brooklyn Wins In RI; Rest Take Week Off

Mothers Day is generally considered a National Holiday in the vintage world as no captain would daringly think of scheduling matches on this Sunday.  Some clubs do take advantage of the Saturday before and that is exactly what Brooklyn did as it traveled to Rhode Island to take on Olneyville, a club they hadn’t seen since 2008.

Atlantic traveled up the coast to Rhode Island to challenge the Olneyville Temperance Cadets, a team they haven’t seen since 2008.
Although the day started off slowly with a Stagecoach fire detaining some of the traveling Atlantics, once the games ensued the Atlantics scored early and often.

The first match of the day, an 1886 contest, pitted the Atlantics knuckleballer Shakespeare against Olneyville’s Captain Blue.  Shakespeare’s superb pitching effort and a relentless Atlantic offense led to a 24-5 victory.  Shakespeare compiled 10 strikeouts, while Willy Mo and Flash had 4 hits each to go with Dean’s 2 homeruns.

The second match, an 1864 contest, went back and forth between the teams. The dark base ball used made fielding difficult, and offense ruled the beginning of this match as Toothpick, Dean and Flash combined for four homeruns.
The mutual decision by both teams to change from a dark base ball to a white base ball at the start of the 6th inning had a significant effect on both teams defenses. By allowing the outfielders to better see the ball the scoring became less frequent over the last few innings. From there the Atlantic Defense tightened its grip on the game and held on for the 13-10 victory.
On the day, both Shakespeare and Pigtail picked up their first victories of the season and the Atlantics improved their record to 4-0.

Lewes Plays First Match Ever; Talbot-Elkton Split

It was quite a weekend for 19th century base ball along the east coast this past week.  The Lewes BBC played its first game ever against what will be its instate rival the Diamond State BBC of Delaware. 

May 2, 2011 – Diamond State BBC traveled to southern Delaware on Saturday to face off against the new Lewes BBC in what was the Sussex nine’s first match ever.  The Lewes club proved to be fine hosts and demonstrated an ample amount of ginger for first-time challengers.   The match, played under cloudy skies, took place at the Virden Center ball field on the University of Delaware’s Lewes Campus.

 The Blue and Black put up 4 aces in both the first and second frames, matched by the Lewes club’s two scores.  Not to be daunted, Lewes charged back with 3 aces in the third inning and held the Diamond States scoreless to make the score a close 8-5 after three innings.  The more experienced Delaware nine put the game away in the latter innings with 5 aces in the 4th, 9 more in the 5th, and 4 more in the final 4 innings, while holding the Lewes nine to a single score.  The final tally showed Diamond State’s 25 aces to Lewes’ 6.

 This was an encouraging start to what is hoped will be a long-standing Delaware base ball rivalry.  The two clubs hope to meet later in season to determine Delaware’s base ball champion.

 There were several players with noteworthy performances for the Diamond State nine.  In his first game, rookie Andy ‘Lightning’ Lynch was a gaudy 4-5 at the plate, tallying 2 triples and 4 aces.  Greg ‘Memphis’ Boulden also scored 4 aces in a 4-6 performance, while also pitching 3 scoreless innings to finish the match with a save.  Captain Garrett ‘Steady’ Perdick and Ken ‘Buzzsaw’ Bonsall both collected 3 aces, while going 4-6 with a double each.  Jake ‘Snake’ Bockman mashed 2 doubles and tallied 2 aces in a 4-6 effort.  Doug ‘One Finger’ Brown returned to form going 4-5 with 2 aces.  Earl ‘Stones’ Benningfield and starting pitcher Dan ‘Mini’ Minutola each logged 3 hits in 6 appearances, gathering 2 and 3 aces respectively.  Frank ‘Mr. B’ Brevoort, II also tallied 2 aces while going 3-5 at the bat.

 After playing their first 3 matches on the road, Diamond State returns to the friendly confines of Fort DuPont State Park in Delaware City for their May 15 home opener against the Mechanicsburg Nine of Pennsylvania.  Pre-game festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. with the match scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start time.


On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Elkton at the Terrapin Station Winery, 256 people including the Phillie Phanatic witnessed one of the best matches of 19th century base ball played around these parts in a long time.  In a game that took over 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete, it was so entertaining, that both clubs and fans wanted to see more so both clubs obliged by taking a tie game in to 11 innings before a victor was found.  The entire game was close as each side would go up before the other would tie it.  Elkton found itself ahead after 8 frames 13-12.  Talbot came back though in the bottom of the 9th scoring an ace and threatening to win the game in the 9th, but left a runner on 3rd with the third hand dead.  After a scoreless 10th, the Eclipse scored 2 runs and looked like they had nailed down the victory.  Talbot though pushed ahead two runsin the bottom of the 11th and then loaded the bases with just 1 hand dead.  A deep fly ball to center ended the contest with a win by the visiting club.  In the second game, the Eclipse jumped out to an early lead and never looked back and knocked the wind out of the sails of the Fair Plays and won the nightcap 14-4.

Also playing at the Terrapin Station Winery at Elkton was the Flemington Neshanock and the Potomac Nine from Washington.  The travelers from the south were no match from the New Jersey club in either match as Flemington brought a fine group of ballists.  The final scores were 21-7 and 24-9 as Flemington took both games.