Not everything the MAVBBL does is on the field. Besides showing the public what base ball was really like in the mid 19th century, member clubs also educate the public about the history of the game and its evolution. Teaching 2,000 school children on a weekday in May is no exception and that’s just what the Brooklyn Atlantics, Brooklyn Eckfords, Hoboken Nine, Flemington Neshanock, and Providence Grays did.
The Atlantic Base Ball Club headed back to their roots in Brooklyn to show over 2000 school children what baseball was like in the 19th century at MCU Park. With the help of other teams in the New York City area, the Atlantics put on a presentation demonstrating how the game evolved, which was followed by three exhibition matches. Students learned how the rules and game changed by seeing what baseball was like in 1864, 1873 and 1884. “
Also, check out two of our Southern clubs, the Potomac Nine and the Talbot Fair Plays as they show off for some modern invention called television…
The Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball Club is pleased to announce the addition of 2 more clubs to the Federal (Eastern) Conference. The Minerva Base Ball Club of Bridgeton, New Jeresey actually started playing a couple of games at the end of the 2013 season and is all set to compete in 2014. The Minerva is a re-start of the actual club that played in the 1860s and competed against first class clubs in Philadelphia. It was started by an insurance group in the 1860s and the same company has restarted the 21st century edition. The Mohican Base Ball Club of Kennett Square is already to compete in the League as well in 2014. The Mohican Club will be the 2nd Club in Chester County and like the Brandyines, they are modeled after one of the most successful amateur clubs in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Mohicans had several players play in the Major Leagues including Herb Pennock, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the famous 1927 Yankees and General Manager of the Phillies.
Both clubs are now available for scheduling and look forward to a very successful 2014 campaign. They join the Providence Grays from Rhode Island as new entries in to the MAVBBL for 2014. Stay tuned for even more announcements about future clubs right here!