Season's end also means it's time to thank those who made another season of vintage base ball possible beginning with team founder and president Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw. From scheduling matches to chasing down 20 or so players every week by social media, it takes a lot of work to make things happen from early April through mid October. That "Brooklyn's" been doing this since 2001 provides all the evidence needed of his commitment to recreating the game the way it was played back in the 19th century. Thanks also to everyone who played for the Neshanock at least once during 2018 - there have been a number of additions to the roster over the past few years giving the team a good blend of youth and experience. A special thank you to "Gaslight" for resuming his official blog photographer position in July since without question the pictures that supplement game accounts had fallen off in his absence.
Photo by Mark Granieri
It's also important to remember two groups without whom no matches would ever take place - opponents and umpires. Whether it's renewing old rivalries and friendships or meeting and competing with new friends, vintage base ball is at its best when its competitive, but also with the highest standards of sportsmanship. Umpires also play a vital role so thanks to all those who officiated at Neshanock matches, especially Sam "It ain't nothing' till I say" Bernstein, our "regular" umpire who objectively calls them as he sees them, but always with a sense of humor. Finally, but certainly not least are the spouses, partners, significant others, parents and children who support the Neshanock in so many different ways particularly tolerating the time commitment almost every week for seven months. The reality is that being part of the Neshanock means more than being on a team, it also means being part of a community. All the cancellations in 2018 should remind us how much vintage base ball means to us and what we miss when it's not there. Let's hope for better weather in five months time when once again the Neshanock take the field for another season of this great game.