October 2006 Archives
|October 26, 2006
Baseball in 1864
by Clay Davenport
|The e-mail was innocent enough.
I'd been interested in seeing one of these for a while, in part to get a better feel for how the different rules of the past (the e-mail said they would be using 1864 rules) would make for different statistics. After my wife (a Baltimore native) let me know that Carroll Park was on the "near" side of Baltimore for us, meaning that it would only be a 30-minute or so trip, I was pretty well set to go.
BALTIMORE (October 22, 20006) -- The Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club ended its inaugural 2006 season with a doubleheader sweep against the visiting Elkton Eclipse at Carroll Park in Baltimore.
Unfortunately, the C&P was on the losing end of the sweep, losing both the opening match and the seven-inning second game. Scores and highlights to follow. Special thanks to SABR member "Specs" Davenport, a crank who graciously stepped forward to officiate as umpire in the second frame. Though it was his first encounter with the 1864 rules, Mr. Davenport did his duty well and called a fair game. Both clubs joined to offer three cheers to Mr. Davenport at the conclusion of the match.
Rules of the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club
From the rules adopted by the National Association of Base-Ball Players Convention held in New York on Wednesday, December 9, 1863.
These explanations are offered as a categorized version of the 1864 Rules adopted by the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club for all home games. They are the rules followed by the Chesapeake and Potomac and many other Vintage Base Ball clubs who reenact 1860s baseball. It is the custom to play by the rules of the home team and its chosen time period. This summary is intended as an aid to new and visiting players and to spectators of the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club.
A glossary of Vintage Base Ball terms:
Ace or Tally - run; crossing home base
Apple, pill, horsehide, onion - the ball
Artist - proficient player
Baller, Ballist - player
Basetender - an infielder
Bench - manager or coach
Blind - no score
Blooper, banjo hit - weak fly ball, "Texas leaguer"
This page will probably not exist; rather, the nav-bar link will direct to our CafePress.com shop, where we have a wide variety of attractive clothing and dry goods for sale.
A list of our sponsors will go here, with promotional copy on each, as well as information on sponsorship opportunities.
This will be the master page for our Sponsors and Merchandise section.
This will be the master page for information about the great game of Vintage Base Ball.
Like the Results and Photos links, this should also probably be a category link, not a single page.
Updates about match results may or may not go here. Actually, we should probably use a category listing so that the link to "Results" is dynamic.
This will be the master page for game information.
We welcome new players from Washington, Virginia, and Maryland to join our Club. You don’t have to be an all-star softball player or your old high school's star infielder to play -- our only requirement is that you love base ball and love the history of it. If you are 18-88, we are looking for you to participate! If you don't think you can take the field in uniform, you can still participate as an umpire, scorekeeper, historian, costumed interpreter, or behind the scenes to help make the Club a success.
The Chesapeake and Potomac welcomes everyone, without regard to race, sex, or where you stood on the late unpleasantness between the states. If you have an interest, we want you to join us!
If you're interested in joining us, you can play for either our Baltimore club (Chesapeakes) or our Washington, D.C. club (Potomacs), or BOTH! For the Chesapeakes, contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at (410) 409-4671. For the Potomacs, conatct us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 585-259-5150.
Game photos will go here.
Here are some cartes-de-vista of our ballists. Collect them all!
The Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club was established in spring 2006 with an initial meeting of Jeffrey "Bucket" Turner, Scott "Rhubarb" Rogers, and Ben "Moon" Pauwels at Centennial High School in Columbia, Maryland. Further organizational meetings and an intensive recruitment drive allowed the Club to field nine players for the inaugural Chesapeake Cup at Historic Elk Landing in Elkton, Maryland in July. Invitational matches followed throughout summer, culminating with near victories at Easton, Maryland, in October and a final series in Baltimore against the Elkton Eclipse.
All told, sixteen Club members played in games in 2006, and three nonplaying members also participated in bringing nineteenth century base ball back to life for spectators at Club matches.
Though the Club did not record any wins in its first season, the standard of play improved tremendously in just a few short months. Players who were the rawest, bumbling "muffins" in spring formed a seasoned "first nine" by fall. By October, the Club was able to keep most games competitive, and even took a three-run lead into the ninth at Easton.
During the 2006 season, the Club researched local nineteenth century base ball and chose permanent uniforms, to be worn starting in 2007, to honor leading Baltimore and Washington amateur clubs. With reversible shield fronts, the official Club uniform will allow members to play split-squad games against one another and even to field two squads, representing Washington and Baltimore individually, at tournaments.
As the offseason began, Club members turned to planning for a successful 2007 campaign. Efforts include creating this website, organizing the Winter Banquet, scheduling next year's matches, and inviting new members to join us as players, umpires, and "cranks."
Information about the Chesapeake and Potomac will go here.
Primary Position: Right Scout
Resides: Westminster, Maryland
C & P Debut: