Sunday, September 30, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Capitoline Grounds in Brooklyn
A possible explanation may lie in the Atlantics activities just prior to the match at their home field, Capitoline Grounds. Just three days earlier, the Atlantics followed an August 28th rout of the Eagle Club with a 10 hour, overnight train trip to Washington, D.C. Over the next two days, the champions sandwiched tours of the nation's capital around a 32-19 victory over the National Club of Washington. In a somewhat sensationalistic twist the first day's itinerary focused on the sites related to the relatively recent assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A highlight of the second day was a meeting with President Andrew Johnson at the White House. Accompanying the Atlantics was legendary sportswriter, Henry Chadwick, who lobbied the new President to attend a base ball game in person.
The match now went to the top of the eighth inning with the Atlantics trying to hold on to a 28-23 advantage. With their backs to the wall, the Newarkers responded with a vengeance scoring 10 times for a 33-28 lead, their first of the contest. As the Atlantics came to bat in the bottom of the inning some of them had to be wondering about the wisdom of their schedule in Washington. Tired or not, however, the Atlantics responded with a six run rally and took the field for the ninth literally clinging to a one run lead. By this point, probably few of the Atlantic fans in the crowd estimated at 5-6000 expected the Eureka to go quietly so they were not surprised when the visitors scored four times and led by three as the Atlantics came in for their last chance.
Amazingly Chadwick described the match as “uninteresting,” apparently because as a purist he was displeased with the bad play and poor judgment in the field. He had a point about the sloppy play as the two teams combined for sixteen fly ball muffs. But even amidst this criticism, Chadwick had to admit that when Pratt scored the winning run, “the scene was dramatic in the extreme.” While the Atlantics and their fans celebrated in the gathering dark, the Eureka must have been bitterly disappointed as their thoughts turned to the long trip back to Newark. Twice they had a great victory in their grasp, only to come up just short.
|Calloway, l.f.||2||7||Pearce, ss.||3||5|
|Thomas, ss.||4||4||C. J. Smith, 3b.||1||7|
|Littlewood, c.f.||5||2||Start, 1b.||4||4|
|Breintnall, c.||3||4||Chapman, lf.||3||5|
|Collins, 3b.||1||6||Crane, 2b.||2||6|
|Faitoute, p.||3||4||Pratt, p.||4||3|
|Northrop, rf.||1||4||Sid Smith, rf.||4||3|
|Bomeisler, 2b.||3||4||Galvin, 3b||3||2|
|Mills, 1b.||5||2||P. O'Brien, cf.||3||3|
Monday, September 17, 2012
Photo by Mark Granieri
Most of us, I think, have had enough boat travel for one season, so this past Saturday, it was nice to see the boats preserved at the Philadelphia Navy Yard without having to sail on them. The occasion was the Philadelphia 19th Century Base Ball and Exhibition Fair hosted admirably the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia on the parade ground at the Naval Yard. It was a wonderful venue, large enough for three games to be going on simultaneously.
Photo by Mark Granieri
In the first match, the Neshanock took on their long time rivals, the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Eltkon, Maryland. It was a back and forth affair that went 12 innings before Elkton emerged the victors by a 13-12 count. It was a tough loss, but after a short respite, it was time for the second match originally against the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club. However there were only two members of this team present so the Neshanock ended up facing a team made up of the two Chesapeake players as well as members of the Talbot Fair Plays, the Arundel Excelsiors, the host Athletics and probably another team I'm missing.
Photo by Mark Granieri
Thanks again to the Athletic Club and everyone who made the weekend possible.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time was running out on the Eureka and they responded in manly, if not championship style, scoring four times to cut the margin to three runs. Unfortunately for the Newark club however, Charles Thomas was thrown out at the plate, the second Eureka put out trying to score, both of which would prove to be costly, very costly.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Flemington 12 - Elizabeth 5
Flemington 14 - Elizabeth 4 (4 innings due to rain)
Next Saturday, the Neshanock will be back in action at the Philadelphia Vintage Base Ball Festival on the parade grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Second part of the story of the Atlantic-Eureka game will be up on Wednesday morning.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
R. Heber Breintnall
If the Eureka’s 9-1 lead now seemed short lived, the one run Atlantic lead disappeared even more quickly as a good hit by Pennington keyed a two run rally and the Eureka regained the lead 11-10 after five innings and 1 hour and 15 minutes of play. However, no lead was safe in this game and the Atlantics quickly returned serve as Start followed Smith’s “fine hit” with his own “splendid hit,” a two run home run to center giving the lead back to the Atlantics at 12-11. Even better for the Brooklyn club this time they made the lead stand up, stopping a budding Eureka rally in its tracks by “easily” putting out three straight strikers after the first two got on base. Although it had taken a while with six innings complete the Atlantic had finally taken control of the match or so it seemed.
To Be Continued