Membership

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.

Here are some descriptions of the ways in which you can participate in the mighty Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club:

Players: Yes, you can play Vintage Base Ball. The learning curve for vintage skills is a great equalizer: You don't have to have been a varsity player in college to become a good vintage ballist. What you do need is an interest in baseball history, a good attitude, and a little bit of moxie. For the mighty Chesapeake and Potomac, Vintage Base Ball is about camaraderie, fair play, and most of all fun.

We play or practice up to two weekends a month, and ask that players try to make an effort to play or practice once a month. Players wear vintage-style uniforms and work to learn authentic styles of fielding, batting, and baserunning, all while demonstrating the gentlemanly sportsmanship that characterized baseball in its earliest years.

As our growing membership allows, we plan to divide for practices, scrimmages, and even some tournament games into Potomac and Chesapeake squads, respectively representing the Washington and Baltimore sides of the area. We are particularly seeking players from Washington, DC, and Virginia to round out our region-wide Club.

Umpires: Want to experience the old-time bustle of Vintage Base Ball, but not sure that your knees can take nine innings in the garden? Then you can join us as an umpire. Our umpires put Club loyalty aside during the game to call 'em like they see 'em. Dressed in vintage-style civilian clothing -- shirt, vest or jacket, and top hat or bowler -- umpires stand well to the side to chasten the hurler for avoiding the striker or the striker for letting well-hurled balls pass. Don't worry if you can't see a close play: In the old days, an umpire could ask the players involved in a play and expect them to give him an honest answer about safe or out.

And if you enjoy hamming it up a bit, all the better! We encourage umpires to get into the act, to fine players 10¢ or a quarter for cussing or displays of excessive egoism (no trotting down the basepath admiring your own hit in Vintage Base Ball!), and to interact with the "cranks" by explaining the game or asking for their input on plays.

Historical Interpreters: Interested in baseball history, but not in taking the field? The mighty Chesapeake and Potomac has a non-playing corps of members who support the club with their knowledge and enthusiasm. Historians, scorekeepers, costumed historical interpreters for the "cranks" -- whatever your interest, we have a way for you to get involved.

Enthusiasts: The Chesapeake and Potomac has attracted a growing band of enthusiasts -- "cranks" -- who follow us from match to match to show their support for the team from the charm and capital cities. Our "cranks" shout their huzzahs, such as "Well struck, sir!" or "That's the ginger!" and get to enjoy an exciting game of baseball the way it was meant to be played.