Saturday, March 31, 2012

Vintage Baseball 2012 ~ Keepers of Our Pastime

From the desk of:  THREE HANDS DOWN

April 7, 2012


Smithtown, Long Island

VINTAGE BASE BALL ASSOCIATION:  The Players and Member Clubs Honoring 19th Century Baseball,  Are Back.

New York City's lone member club in the Vintage Baseball Association kicks off the 2012 season on April 7th, when the New York Gothams visit the Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Club of Long Island.

Wickets, Stacks, and the rest of the Gotham Club play their home games at Hellgate/Whitey Ford Park; Astoria, Queens.  Entering their eleventh season of competition, the Gothams posted the club's highest winning percentage last season (.529) while matching their season high for wins with eighteen.  They have now posted double-digit wins in three of the last four seasons while averaging roughly thirty-four contests per season.

The Gothams' 2012 schedule includes a return appearance to the Old Stone House Field at Washington Park, Brooklyn, on April 29, for a game against the Flemington Neshanock Base Ball Club.

The Gothams' Opening Day opponent will be their long fabled rival; the Brooklyn Atlantics BBC; who begin their sixteenth season in the circuit and are the defending Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League Champions.  Last season they defeated the Elkton Eclipse BBC of Maryland to win their second consecutive title.

The Atlantics have been VBBA members since 1997, and play their games at Atlantic Park, in Smithtown, Long Island.  Some of the fine gentlemen returning for another season I assume will be TC, Hammy, Toothpick, and Shakespeare.  While averaging roughly fifty-four contests over the last three seasons, the Atlantics have topped forty wins in each year.

Their 2012 schedule also includes a stop in Brooklyn on August 8th, for a game against the Essex Base Ball Club, to be played at MCU Park in Coney Island.




Vintage Baseball Member Links:

Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia
Brooklyn Eckfords Base Ball Club
Brooklyn Stars BBC
Chesapeake and Potomac Nine of Baltimore
Cincinnati Red Stockings
Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club
Columbus Capitals Base Ball Club, Ohio
Diamond State Base Ball Club, Delaware
Dirigo Base Ball Club, Maine
Elkton Eclipse Base Ball Club, Maryland
Essex Base Ball Organization, MA
Excelsior Base Ball Club of Arundel, MD
Fair Play Base Ball Club, Easton
Frosty Son's of Thunder, Western PA.
Hancock Nine Base Ball Club
Havre de Grace Dauntless Base Ball Club, MD
Hingham Derbies and Hingham Coopers, MA
Indianapolis Blues Base Ball Club
Jersey City Skeeters Base Ball Club
Lyme Taverners BBC, CT
Mechanicsburgh Nine Base Ball Club, PA.
Melrose Pondfeilders BBC, MA
Mudville Base Ball Club, MA
Newark Eureka Base Ball Club
New London Thames BBC, CT
Newtown Sandy Hook Baseball Club, CT
Olneyville Cadets Base Ball Club, R.I.
Pittsburgh Franklins Base Ball Club

Providence Grays Base Ball Club
Roxbury Nine Base Ball Club
Saginaw Old Golds, Michigan
Springfield Long Nine Base Ball Club, IL
Talbot Fair Play Base Ball Club, Easton

Good Luck To All This Season.


UPDATE ~ A/O Monday April 2nd:
The New York Gothams have informed me they will be playing their home games on Governors Island this season.  Such a setting can only enhance the experience.  Can't wait.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:44 PM

    This Saturdays games are taking place at the Smithtown Historical Society Grounds at 239 Middle Country Road (Rt-25) in Smithtown NY starting at 10am until 3pm.

    A vintage team from New Jersey will be there as well, the Flemington Neshanock. There will be a triple-header of vintage base ball in round robin fashion.

    The Atlantics game at MCU park against Essex will be before the Cyclones match. The Cyclones match starts at 5pm, and I believe the Atlantics-Essex game starts at 3:30pm

    -Flash of the ABBC


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