MAVBBL Blacken Your Shoe Weekend

As we wish one of our clubs safe travels on their way to St. Louis this weekend, the MAVBBL can take the time to follow one of St Louis’s traditions and that is blacken your shoe out Weekend.  As the MAVBBL strives to be as authentic as possible, one of the things a spectator will notice is that we wear modern cleats or spikes for safety reasons.   One thing we all can do though with our black shoes is to darken out any logos that may appear on the shoe.  Just take 5 seconds to erase the modern logo off of your shoe and go out there and have fun.  Most clubs are in the middle of festivals over the next 2 months.  Each player wants to put their best foot forward and try to look as authentic as possible.  On a related note, best of luck and safe travels to the Brandywine Club as they head out to St Louis for a festival out there!


MAVBBL Grabs Top Spots in VBBA Election

Chicago, IL– The MAVBBL is proud to announce that several of its club executives were elected to the top posts of the Vintage Base Ball Association.  Brad “Brooklyn” Shaw from the Neshanock was voted in as President and is the first sitting member of a MAVBBL club to be elected to such a high position.  In addition, Matt Bartnicki from the Diamond State BBC of Delaware was named Vice President.  Eric Micklich from the Eckford Club of Brooklyn was re-elected as historian.  Brian Travers from the Providence Grays and Bruce Leith from the Eclipse BBC of Elkton still have 1 more year left on their terms as trustees.


Play Ball!


The 8th season of the MAVBBL kicks off this weekend with the Brooklyn Atlantics traveling to the Garden State to take on the Flemington Neshanock at the Somerset Patriots Fan Fest in Somerset, New Jersey.  Meanwhile in Easton, Maryland 4 of the states finest clubs will get together for the first Maryland State Festival.  Talbot, Elkton, Arundel and Chesapeake will be enjoying their first matches of the season on Sunday.

The first game of the season took place on April 2nd as the highly skilled veteran Delaware Diamond States introduced the Ellicott’s Mills club to the league with a 68-7 victory.  Flemington and Furnace Mills were rained out.

Make your plans now to attend as many 19th century games as you can.  This year, the clubs are entered in to many tournaments and festivals including the Silver Ball, the World Tournament, the Gettysburg Festival, the Old Time Base Ball Festival and of course the League Championships.  Check back often for scores, highlights and a lot of information.  See you at the ball yards!

2016 Kickoff

The 2016 season is still 4 months away, but on January 16, the MAVBBL will hold its annual President’s and Scheduling Meeting.  The 2016 edition of the League looks to feature up to 24 clubs from Rhode Island to Washington DC and as far west as Harrisburg, PA.

Each year, the club presidents gather to discuss the previous season and look ahead to what can be done to improve the play of member clubs for the upcoming year.  Loop holes are discussed as well as new research in to the history of the game that could alter the way member clubs have played.  Each year, new language is found from the 1860s that member clubs didn’t know about.  Sometimes, even new ways of play from pitching to hitting stance is introduced to make our game more authentic to spectators who come out and watch us in the upcoming year.  For example, up until just a couple of years ago, clubs would exclaim “Huzzah” after matches.  After research it was found that the correct language should be “Hurrah”.  Words like “hurler”, “behind” and “cranks” have been eliminated from our vocabulary and replaced with “pitcher”, “catcher” and “spectators”.  (Words that are common today and were actually used in the 1860s as well!).  At the end of the meeting, in a scene that looks like its straight off the trading floors of Wall Street, everyone takes about a half hour to meet with other presidents to fill out their 2016 schedules.

If you are interested in playing for one of our clubs or if you have an interest in starting your own club for the future, please contact us.  We have a strong interest in placing clubs in Richmond and Fredericksburg, Virginia as well as Scranton, Allentown, Reading, Lancaster, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Mid-Atlantic BBC claims the 2015 National Silver Ball Tournament

Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 and is filed under WNY Sports.

Photo by SUE KANE @skane51


MUMFORD, N.Y. — Run differential determined the contestants. Defense decided the outcome.

“Black Bart” made a sliding catch in foul territory to secure the final hand down as the Mid-Atlantic BBC defeated the Cleveland Blues, 4-3 in the finals of the 2015 National Silver Ball Tournament played on the Silver Base Ball Park at Genesee-Country Museum, Sunday afternoon.

Mid-Atlantic took the lead in top half of the inning when the club nine’s hurler, “Sledge” tallied the winning ace. With one hand down, “Sledge” made his first on a hit up the middle. After a stolen base, “Dream Bucket” made his first with a hit to right center allowing “Sledge” to cross the dish.

But this game was a battle of two teams intending to show a little a ginger in the field.

“Black Bart” made four straight put outs and six of seven between the second and fourth innings.  The Mid-Atlantic left fielder made three consecutive catches in left field after Cleveland’s first two striker’s in the third made their first.

“Moonlight” added to the Mid-Atlantic defensive display with a spectacular catch in center field for the first hand down on the fifth.

Photo by SUE KANE @skane51

The Blues were not to be outdone in the field. Trailing 2-0 with the sacks loaded, Cleveland’s hurler, “Plow,” delighted the cranks when he snared a stinger at the mound and threw to first for an inning-ending double play.

Mid-Atlantic took an early lead. “Sledge” made his first and stole second and third before tallying the match’s first ace when “Dream Bucket” reached. After “Moonlight” made his first, “Dream Bucket” tallied the second ace when “Doc” made his first.

Both teams were whitewashed until the bottom of the fifth.

With one hand down, “Duke” made his first. The left-handed hitting “Plow” used an inside-out swing to make his first on a hit down the third-base line. “Meal Ticket” reached and “Duke” tallied on a muff. “Plow” tied the game at two, but the inning ended when “Moonlight” made a throw from center field to get “Meal Ticket” at the dish.

“Pins” gave Mid Atlantic a 3-2 lead when he tallied an ace in the seventh.

“Stump” tallied as Cleveland knotted the score at three in the eighth.

Photo by SUE KANE @skane51

Cleveland and Mid Atlantic were two of four teams to finish the round-robin portion of the tournament without a loss. Cleveland tallied 68 aces in their first four matches. Mid Atlantic had 70.

The Mid-Atlantic team was assembled just weeks prior to the tournament when another organization withdrew from the competition. Mid-Atlantic consisted of players from several different clubs along the east coast.

Friday’s results:

Flower City 16 Woodstock 2

Spring Creek 18 Melrose 10

Live Oak 11 Rochester 6

Saturday’s results:

Mid-Atlantic 15  Hill Toppers 0

Victory 24 Swamp Frogs 8

Melrose 12 Akron 6

Live Oak 9 Hill Toppers 6

Cleveland Blues 11 Flower City 2

Spring Creek 24 Woodstock 16

Victory 8 Akron 5

Mid-Atlantic 17 Rochester 3

Melrose 21 Swamp Frogs 15

Akron 9 Flower City 7

“One Side” made his first as four of the first five Akron strikers reached in a decisive five-ace seventh.

Spring Creek 8 Hill Toppers 6

Spring Creek tallied five aces in the eighth and three in the ninth for the come-from-behind win.

Cleveland Blues 14 Live Oak 5

Victory 16 Melrose 7

Mid-Atlantic 24 Swamp Frogs 4

Woodstock 14 Rochester 6

Woodstock erased a two-run deficit with five aces in the sixth. Rochester took a 5-1 lead in the third. “Meat Cleaver” made his third to start the stanza. “Piano Man” and Angel made first to bring home aces, but Woodstock stopped the rally with a double play.

Sunday’s results:

Spring Creek 7 Swamp Frogs 6

Cleveland 26 Woodstock 3

Victory 21 Hill Toppers 4

Cleveland Blues 17 Rochester 3

Cleveland put crooked numbers on the board in three of the first four innings to take a 15-0 lead. Rochester showed a little ginger in the eighth. “Stubby” made his second to start the inning and scored the club nine’s first ace of the game when “Meat Cleaver” made his first.

Akron 26 Live Oak 8

Mid-Atlantic 14 Flower City 4

6th Annual Gettysburg Festival in the Books

Gettysburg, PA– A driving thunderstorm right before the 6th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival nor the searing heat could keep the thousands of fans away  as 18 clubs converged on Gettysburg on July 18 and 19.  The setting was once again at the Schroeders Farm just minutes from the Peach Orchard and the day 2 battlefields.  Fans were not disappointed as some of the best matches in the history of the festival took place.  Many clubs from the MAVBBL joined the Tennessee Hog and Hominy Club, the Columbus Capitals, the Spring Creek Nine and the Maine Dirigo club for an epic weekend of base ball and friendship.

Some of the highlighted games included a 1-1 11 inning battle between the Eckfords and the Fair Plays.  The Eckfords also lost a 8-7 squeeker at the end to the Elkton Eclipse.  The Eclipse also gave up 2 runs in the top on the 9th but scored 3 in the bottom frame to down the Dirigo Club from Maine.  Maine also lost a heartbreaker to the Atlantics 11-10  in the same fashion.

It was once again a great event and look for the 7th one to take place the 3rd weekend in July.  We hope to see you there!

Elkton Barn Storms Through Tennessee

Nashville, TN– The Eclipse BBC of Elkton made a 12 hour trip down to middle Tennessee to take on 4 clubs from the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball Association this past weekend.  The Elkton club went down as the first representatives from the MAVBBL to meet up with the TVBBA and came away with 4 victories in 4 games.  The trip was a learning experience for both organizations as the Eclipse came away with several new ideas to introduce to the MAVBBL and Tennessee picked up a few pointers as they get ready to come up to Gettysburg in a few weeks to take on some of the fine MAVBBL clubs.

On Saturday, the games took place at the Hermitage which was Andrew Jackson’s birthplace.  The Eclipse came away with a 20-4 win over the Tennessee Hog and Hominy Club.  In the second game of the day, Elkton beat the Tennessee Rag Tags 9-5 which was made up of select players from 5 of Tennessee’s clubs.  A great tour of the 7th President’s Home and grounds followed.

On Sunday morning the Eclipse converged on Bicentennial Mall which was in the shadows of the state capital building.  It was also the site of the occupation of the town by the Union troops in 1862 and the first place base ball was introduced to the town.  In the first game, the Eclipse downed the Highland Rim Distillers 13-1 and in the second match after going up 12-2, the Eclipse held on for a 12-11 victory over another set of the Hog and Hominy Club of Tennessee.  Overall it was a great learning experience and bonding weekend for the Eclipse.  The Eclipse strongly encourage other clubs to make the trek down to Tennessee in the future.