October 2006 Archives

October 26, 2006
Baseball in 1864
by Clay Davenport
The e-mail was innocent enough.

16-Oct-06- Fall base ball returns to Baltimore this weekend with vintage base ball matches taking place this Saturday, October 21st on the fields at Carroll Park. The hometown Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club, representing Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia (and founded by SABR members), takes on one of the finest new vintage base ball clubs in America in the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton.

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.

Chesapeakes (Baltimore, MD) Jerusalem Mill


Potomacs (Washington, D.C.) Bohrer Park

From the North
95 South
495 West DC Beltway
270 North
370 East
355 North (Frederick Road)
Bohrer Park is on the left less than a mile from 370

From the South
95 North
495 West
270 North
Same Directions as above

This will be the master page for game information.

You can reach our Baltimore club (Chesapeakes) captain, Jeff "Bucket" Turner, at turnerstorm@verizon.net or by phone at (410) 409-4671.

You can reach our Washington, D.C. club (Potomacs) captain, Howard "Ivy" Berkof at hberkof@yahoo.com or by phone at 585-259-5150.

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 turnerstorm@verizon.net or by phone at (410) 409-4671. For the Potomacs, conatct us by email at hberkof@yahoo.com or by phone at 585-259-5150.

Game photos will go here.

Here are some cartes-de-vista of our ballists. Collect them all!

Scott "Rhubarb" Rogers Mark "Zag" Kubofcik
Chuck "Surf" Zink Wayne "Professor" Hsieh
Moon.jpg Bucket.JPG
Ben "Moon" Pauwels Jeff "Bucket" Turner
Joe "Commodore" Stanik Mike "Shazam" Stanik
Russ "Curmudgeon" Fritz Ryan "Wings" Millett
Luis "Telegraph" Salazar Steve "Monitor" Swiech
"Irish" Andy McDonald Rich "Winfield Saylor
Richard "Pastime" D'Ambrisi

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.


Trotter at the Dish
Trotter hits one to the long garden
Zag in the Field
Zag throws the ball back in after a hit
Bucket and Iron
Bucket and Iron make a play against Flemington
Buckeye after his 3 base hit
Buckeye rounds third after his bases clearing triple
Rock Leaps
Rock leaps to make a grab against Flemington
Cobb readies himself
Cobb prepares to hit in his debut
Chesapeake and Potomac and FLEMINGTON NESHANOCK in Central Park
Chesapaeake and Potomac and Flemington Neshanocck
Flemington wins 20-9
Gothams' Tournament, New York, NY
Chesapeake and Potomac and the New York Gothams
Chesapaeake and Potomac and New York Gothams
Chesapeake and Potomac wins 16-14
Gothams' Tournament, New York, NY
Bucket in Central Park Buckeye in Central Park
"Bucket" at the dish "Buckeye" strokes one into the right garden
Rock in Central Park Professor in Central Park
"Rock" up to bat Professor prepares to strike
Hawk in Central Park Bull in Central Park
"Hawk" rounds first "Bull" ready to unload
Bull and Moon in Central Park
"Bull" and "Moon"
   

Cobb.JPG Primary Position: Right Scout
Resides: Westminster, Maryland
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Strikes: Right
Throws: Right
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C & P Debut:

2008
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
Almond, JD 24 6 14 0 2 0 5 18 1 0 2 0 0.600 0.750 0.583
Bafford, J 22 4 7 0 1 0 3 9 1 0 3 0 0.348 0.409 0.318
Baford, K 10 1 6 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0.600 0.600 0.600
Berkof, H 27 8 16 0 1 0 11 18 1 0 11 0 0.607 0.667 0.593
Bowles, G 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0.286 0.286 0.286
Bullet 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0.375 0.375 0.375
Buddy 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.100 0.100 0.100
Bobby 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667
Champney, D 14 3 4 0 0 0 4 4 2 0 2 0 0.375 0.286 0.286
Fairson, R 14 4 7 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 7 0 0.500 0.500 0.500
Guevara, S 23 5 6 1 0 0 6 7 1 0 2 0 0.292 0.304 0.261
Hanson, E 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Heutte, J 13 2 7 3 0 0 8 10 1 0 0 0 0.571 0.769 0.538
Hornberger, J 25 9 13 4 2 0 8 21 4 0 4 0 0.586 0.840 0.520
Kahl, S 21 7 11 2 0 0 8 13 3 0 3 0 0.583 0.619 0.524
Kubofcik, J 34 10 20 3 0 0 7 23 1 0 7 0.600 0.676 0.588
Kubofcik, M 25 6 12 2 1 0 4 16 0 0 7 0 0.480 0.640 0.480
Leiling, J 25 7 13 2 0 0 3 15 0 0 7 0 0.520 0.600 0.520
Marshall, M 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333
McGery, M 17 4 11 0 0 0 3 11 1 0 2 0 0.647 0.647 0.647
Moore, R 22 8 13 4 0 0 7 17 0 0 6 0 0.591 0.772 0.591
Pauwels, B 20 9 12 3 0 0 10 15 2 0 10 0 0.637 0.750 0.600
Perry, J 20 3 9 1 0 0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0.450 0.500 0.450
Saylor, R 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0.600 0.600 0.600
Somers, H 14 3 7 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500
Stanik, J 23 3 6 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0.261 0.261 0.261
Turner, J 20 5 8 0 0 0 4 8 1 0 1 0 0.429 0.400 0.400
2007
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
Almond, JD 29 9 18 6 0 0 8 24 6 0 5 1 0.686 0.828 0.621
McDonald, A 10 4 6 1 1 0 4 9 0 0 0 0 0.600 0.900 0.600
Pauwels, B 36 13 20 5 0 0 18 25 8 0 17 2 0.637 0.694 0.556
Searle, R 20 4 11 4 0 0 4 15 0 0 3 2 0.550 0.750 0.550
Kubofcik, M 31 11 17 1 5 0 3 28 0 0 9 0 0.548 0.903 0.548
Pauwels, D 24 7 13 4 1 0 11 19 0 0 8 0 0.542 0.792 0.542
Kahl, S 15 4 7 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0.467 0.533 0.467
Fairson, R 13 2 6 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 1 0.462 0.462 0.462
McGery, M 18 8 8 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 8 0 0.444 0.444 0.444
Turner, J 32 9 14 2 0 0 7 16 6 1 12 0 0.527 .0500 0.438
Saylor, R 14 4 6 0 0 0 2 6 1 0 3 1 0.467 0.429 0.429
Kubofcik, J 33 12 14 4 2 0 6 22 3 0 19 0 0.472 0.667 0.424
Heutte, J 43 10 18 4 0 0 16 22 6 0 8 1 0.490 0.512 0.418
Berkof, H 8 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.375 0.375 0.375
Stanik, M 24 3 8 2 0 0 8 10 0 0 2 0 0.333 0.417 0.333
Reifler, J 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.667 0.333
Rogers, S 13 0 4 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 2 0 0.400 0.308 0.308
Swiech, S 10 0 3 0 0 0 4 3 2 1 1 1 0.417 0.300 0.300
Hsieh, W 27 3 6 0 0 0 2 6 1 2 3 1 0.250 0.222 0.222
Fritz, R 18 4 4 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 0.222 0.222 0.222
Santiago, R 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.167
Stanik, J 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Others 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB K SB CS OBP SLG AVE
Kubofcik, M 2 11 3 9 0 4 0 3 17 0 0 3 0 0.818 1.545 0.818
Almond, JD 4 18 4 11 3 0 0 6 14 4 0 3 0 0.650 0.779 0.611
Pauwels, B 4 15 5 9 3 0 0 9 12 2 0 5 2 0.647 0.800 0.600
Pauwels, D 2 9 3 6 2 0 0 6 8 0 0 3 0 0.600 0.889 0.600
Searle, R 2 9 2 5 2 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 0 0.556 0.778 0.556
Heutte, J 4 20 5 11 3 0 0 6 14 1 0 2 0 0.571 0.700 0.550
Rogers, S 2 6 0 3 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 2 0 0.625 0.500 0.500
Saylor, R 2 9 3 4 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0.444 0.444 0.444
Kubofcik, J 2 7 4 3 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 3 0 0.500 0.714 0.428
Turner, J 4 12 4 5 0 0 0 0 5 4 1 4 0 0.563 0.417 0.417
Hsieh, W 4 13 3 5 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 3 1 0.429 0.385 0.385
Fairson, R 2 8 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.375 0.375 0.375
Stanik, M 2 9 1 3 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 2 0 0.333 0.333 0.333
Fritz, R 4 16 4 4 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 0.250 0.250 0.250
Stanik, J 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000