Home Sweet Home

Over a month since our last match, the Eclipse found themselves elated to once again take to the field in the game we all love. Convening with the Union Base Ball Club of Dexter, the Eclipse prepared Ford Field for the first time the season in hopes of being gracious hosts. Once again the fielding of the horsehide in the early innings for the home club set the tone for another well played match. The Eclipse tallied the first two runs in the first inning aided in large part to a triple by TinMan, who continues to show reckless behavior towards well-hurled pitches. TinMan followed up his first plate appearance with 5 more consecutive safe passages to first base while tallying three runs and assisting in two others. It was during the second frame of the match that resulted in the Eclipse bats producing tally after tally. Used to signify that a runner had safely traversed the diamond and returned home, the Eclipse bell echoed throughout the lush green field ten times in that inning. After TinMan, offensive production from the Eclipse once again came from Jaundice who collected 5 hits, 3 aces and 2 runs batted in. Bender, who also scored 3 times, teamed up with Frisco and Rev to assist in 3 runs apiece en route to totaling 21 tallies to Dexter’s 6. However as impressive as the Eclipse were while swinging the willow, it was their ability to field that drew most of the attention. Holding their opponent for the third straight match to six aces, the Eclipse proved that enjoyment can be found while retrieving the apple, whether hit hard or not. Jaundice demonstrated his ability as an artist in the second inning with a pluck of a falling ball off the bat of Legs to right and Rev followed that with his own feat at third on a stinger from Stats in the sixth inning that required a finger adjustment. However this match’s defensive highlight came as a result of the hustle and arm of Chip in the garden. Playing midfielder in the eighth inning and reacting quickly to another hard strike from Swede to the gap in deep right center, the sensational young ballist legged it to retrieve the two run-scoring hit and proceeded to throw a strike to Bender at second base and retire the advancing runner and the inning. Huzzah, Chip!
The Eclipse once again travel east into Canada this time for a match against the Woodstock Actives. It would be nice if the weather would cooperate since an earlier meeting this season had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Monitoring the Heat

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The only thing more sweltering than the heat on Sunday was the sheer athleticism on display from both teams.  On a day when Monitors captain, Honest Jon, deemed “slightly less humid than normal”, the Eclipse traveled west to take on the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea in their home opener in front of another large contingency.  The Monitors tallied first with the aid of a one-out double from Moonlight and then proceeded to shut down the mighty Eclipse bats in the bottom half of the inning.  It was only an inning later that Jaundice continued his assault with the lumber that normally takes two people to lift.  His scorching single to right gave the Eclipse their first lead on the day that they would not relinquish.  A tally in the bottom of third from the Eclipse’s newest member, Louie, allowed a little breathing room only to see it choked down to one run again with the meat of the Monitors lineup in the top of the fourth.  Frisco opened the Eclipse half of the fourth inning with a double and would eventually score on Mac’s first RBI of the season.  A batter later, in what probably was the hardest hit ball of the afternoon, TinMan launched a searing drive to center that was eventually apprehended by the centerfielder while evading a tree, some may credit to Moonlight, but in reality was a ghost.  As disappointing as that was for TinMan to not record a hit on that plate appearance, he nobly shrugged it off and proceeded to record the VBBA’s web gem of the week.  Deke’s rocket towards third in the top of the sixth inning was plucked from the air faster than green grass goes through a goose.  And he did so with one hand in a game we still play bare-handed!  Huzzah!  Because Crusher isn’t one to let the limelight shine away from him with a crowd on hand, he also demonstrated his ability to play defense with his very own one-handed grab in the 8th with a sinking liner off the bat of Gearhead.  A remarkable defensive effort by both teams kept the game close.  Offensively the Eclipse were paced by Cuppa, who went 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs scored.  Also contributing with the hardwood with 2 for 3 performances were Louie, Bender and Jaundice.  Stitch managed 2 RBIs and a solid combined pitching effort with TinMan.  Next up for the Eclipse is a May 31 showdown with the Woodstock Actives who continue their annual meeting for the thirteenth consecutive year.  This will be the home opener for the 2015 season at Ford Field, next to Mill Race Village in downtown Northville.

Opening Day 2015

IMG_2207 Memorial Tecumseh Bat 050215 Actives Group Photo 050215 Eight long months and another cold, blustery winter finally gave way to the true indoctrination of Spring … base ball.

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.

Eclipse in Canada

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Lining up for the match with the Woodstock Actives.

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.

An Active strike!
An Active strike!

 

HIt it comes against the great blue Canadian sky.
Here it comes against the great blue Canadian sky.
Cuppa Joe legs in a tally, while the Actives work the other bags.
Cuppa Joe legs in a tally, while the Actives work the other bags.

 

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.