Sunday, September 26, 2010

Three Hands Down, 24 to Go; Vintage Baseball Returns to Brooklyn

Back in Brooklyn; Where Baseball Grew-Up...

The gentlemen from the Vintage Base Ball Association came back to Washington Park this year for a doubleheader featuring the New York Gothams Baseball Club and the Flemington Neshanock Baseball Club.

If you remember last year (2009), The New York Gothams participated in a three team round-robin along with the Brooklyn Atlantics and Newark Eurekas.  And while Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw was on hand representing the Flemington Neshanock BBC, the team itself did not play.  The Flemington Club made their way to Brooklyn this time for a two game match against the returning Gothams.

On the left is Gotham's Rafael "Wickets" Garcia
and on the right is Flemington's 3rd baseman Jon"Hammer" Hepner

That would be Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw on the left.
There's no smiling allowed, remember?

The Neshanock Club was kind enough to pose for a team picture.

The Gotham's John "Stacks" Hyslop on the left;
Matt "Monk" Gebhart on the right.... 

They were absent from last year's team pic. (2009)

Once again these "Jolly-Young" skilled gamesmen graced us with their displays of vintage athletics; being steady at bat, accurate and strong with arm, resolved, quick and swift of feet in the field of play and ever the Gentleman.

Game Action.

"Wickets" at the bat

A developing play at home.

Game Action

In this video please take notice to the fine hand work by the Catcher.  His hands were like magnets.  Think about this/his smoothness without a glove, then take some time to envision how good players were and how excellent the brand of Ball would have been, back 150+ years ago.

Game Action

"Stacks" reminded everyone why third base is referred to as
the Hot Corner.

Closing Ceremonies, Appreciation for those in attendance and a Gentleman's Salute.

And now I'd like to introduce to you the Official of today's match, former Vintage Player and co-author of the vast amount of research done concerning Baseball History
and with particular regard to Brooklyn's Baseball History;
his site is:

He is,
Mr. David Dyte

It's some-what of a sacrifice for these gentlemen to play here in the modern version of Washington Park.  It is after all, a public city park, with a newly installed artificial surface.  These players are accustomed to playing on real dirt and grass surfaces with more conducive dimensions and conditions than this location can afford.
So for my part, I thank you sincerely, as a Baseball Fan and a native Brooklynite passionate about his Borough's role in the game's history..., For coming out and sharing this brand of Baseball, your enthusiasm, not to mention all your hospitality and affable personalities; again, I thank you.

It is my sincerest hope not only to take in a tournament next season, but that you fine gentlemen return to Brooklyn and continue these "Manly Displays" of Base Ball.

"Any Un-Manly Behavior will be made to pay a fine to The House"

No Rounders !
No Rounders !

My original post:
Read about the history of Washington Park in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Federal League and the Brooklyn Tip Tops; concerns about preserving Brooklyn's Baseball History, and pictures capturing last year's visit by the Vintage Base Ball Association's 2009 to the Borough of


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