Laying dormant beneath the snow for far too many days, Labatt Memorial Park came to life on Saturday, May 2nd with the setting of old, but congenial rivals … the London Tecumsehs and the Northville Eclipse. Blessed on this beautiful day, the spectators came to support the match and a benefit for the oldest building in London, Ontario. The Eldon House, which was celebrating its 180th year, was part of a scenic backdrop to the city nestled among trees and the Thames River. After a brief ceremony and winning the inaugural bat toss, the newly appointed captain for the Eclipse, Stitch, instructed his club of nine to strike first. His tactics worked as Frisco, leading off the season, started the game with a single. Three runs would tally in the inning, followed by three more in the second and the Eclipse’s bats started the season off quickly. Leading 10-0 in the sixth, the Tecumsehs scratched a run across and followed that effort two frames later with five runs to close the gap. It seemed as though the long journey had begun to settle in on the black and orange, but starting hurler, Tin Man, reached back in his closet of tricks and closed the door after 119 offerings. Aided by two aces tallied apiece from Chip, Tin Man and Doc, the Eclipse totaled 11 to London’s 6. All Eclipse Nine contributed in the scoring, including two runs batted in by the ballist formerly known as Whiskers. The Eclipse look to continue their good fortune when they travel to Timbertown to meet with the challenging Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.
Thank you to the La-De-Dahs for a fine match of vintage base ball. Congratulations to our hosts for their victory. The fine day all started with a parade. Enjoy.
Some shots of the Eclipse and the Woodstock Actives on July 13, 2013 in Canada. The team also played the London Tecumsehs. Thank you to both teams for fine matches.
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.
Here are some highlights from the games on Mackinac Island June 15, 2013. At least the highlights we got on camera.