4th of July 2013

The Northville Eclipse Base Ball Club Plays America’s Favorite Game on 4th of July

Northville, Michigan — The Northville Eclipse Base Ball Club, a Metro Detroit vintage base ball team, will play during the 4th of July holiday at Noon against the Chelsea Monitors. The playing field is at Ford Field, adjacent to historic Mill Race Village at 215 Griswold St. in Northville.

The Northville Eclipse members include Len “Dutch” Baron, Larry “LoneStar” Bird, Chuck “Paddy” Burke, Dennis “Stitch” Haggerty, Jim Haggerty, Ron “Crusher” Klein, Dan “Mac” McEvill, Jason “Tex” Miller, Sue “Goose” Miller, David “Bender” Newhouse, Keith Polakowski, Natalie Polakowski, Al “Toes” Smitley, Carl “Doc” Szumlanski, Joe “Cuppa Joe” Tomassi, Greg “TinMan” Weidenbach and Julian “Frisco” Zendejas.

Vintage base ball is not only a competitive game; it’s a tribute to the sport and similar to an American Civil War reenactment. This version of the sport is considered a true gentlemen’s game without swearing, sliding, spitting or any sort of playing gloves.

The team also will be part of the Northville community parade. The Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at the foot of Griswold and Main Street in Downtown Northville. St. Mary Mercy Hospital will be among the dozens of floats entered in this year’s Parade. Festivities begin with the playing the National Anthem while the Color Guard stands at attention.

The Northville Community Foundation will host the Parade for the 14th year and, once again, everyone is so very grateful to St. Mary Mercy Hospital for being the Event Sponsor.