Ft. Mott, NJ— After a long season of play which started at the beginning of April, the six best clubs from the Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League will compete for the league championship on October 3 at Ft Mott State Park in Pennsville, New Jersey. The six clubs include the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton, the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn(NY), the Elizabeth Resolutes (NJ), the Talbot Fair Play Base Ball Club (MD), the Potomac Nine of Washington DC, and the Eureka Base Ball Club of Bohemia (MD).
The Mid Atlantic League is made up of 14 clubs from New York to Virginia, that like over 250 clubs across North America, play base ball (two words) the same way it was played in 1864. Each club uses replica equipment and uniforms while playing by the same rules and customs as the mid 19th century teams would have. As of September 20, the seedings are as follows: 1- Elkton, 2- Brooklyn, 3- Talbot, 4-Elizabeth 5-Potomac 6- Bohemia.
The first matches start at 10am with the #3 seed playing the #6 seed while the #4 seed takes on the #5 seed. At Noon, the #1 seed and the #2 seeds will play the winners of the 10am games. At 2 pm there will be consolation matches and then at 4:05 the championship will take place to crown this years champion. The Elkton Eclipse won last year’s MAVBBL championship, but in the past year, the league has over doubled in size and stretches up and down the Mid Atlantic Coast.
The whole day is free for everyone (donations accepted), just bring your own lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket and see how base ball was played before televisions, cars…and gloves! Fun for the entire family. “The Championship Tournament is a great way for the public to see the best that vintage base ball has to offer in the region. People will get to see how baseball used to be played when it was a simpler time. Fans will get to see what the game has evolved from and will find it to be very entertaining” says Bruce Leith who is the coordinator of the MAVBBL as well as president of the Elkton club.
For more information on the tournament or vintage base ball, fans can go to www.mavbbl.com.