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May 15, 2010


Game 1 - Mudvile Nine 18 - Gothams 10

Game 2 - Essex 33 - Gothams 7

Game 3 - Brooklyn Atlantics 17 - Gothams 5

Game 4 - Saginaw Old Gold 15 Gothams 6 


Cooperstown, NY-The mighty New York Gothams Base Ball Club traveled North to the Village of Cooperstown On May 15 and 16 to take part in the 1st John Clarkson Vintage Base Ball Tournament. The venues, the famous Doubleday Field and the infamous Farmer's Field.  The victors, the Brooklyn Athletics.
 
The tournament featured five teams including the Saginaw Old Golds of Michigan, the fine sponsors and organizers of the event, the rival Atlantic Base Ball Club, now better known as the Brooklyn Athletics, the Mudville team from Holliston, Massachusetts, and the Essex BBC of Danvers MA, which included a squad of gents wearing Boston Beaneater sweaters to commemorate their games with the late Mr. Clarkson.
 
The tournament was named after John Clarkson, a Michigan native who won 328 games in his major league career thus earning him entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963. Mr. Clarkson perished at the relatively young age of 47.
 
The New York Club at 0-4 was hoping to break its winless streak by means of 'Hall of Fame" caliber hitting and defense, were whispered by some of the ruder cranks to be possible inductees into the hall of shame instead. But great fun, camaraderie and revelry were had nonetheless! And the club's former captain Trolley Car traveled all the way by air coach from the western state of California to partake.
 
Alas, the Gotham nine were to be foiled and frustrated in four consecutive contests by a combined score of 83-28 aces. The Gothams were playing under 1865 rules throughout the weekend which in effect eliminated the one-bound rule, a staple of Gotham defensive play. The referees would not permit sliding.
 
A tip of the old cap to Mr. Richard "the Professor" Curry and the lads of the fine Saginaw squad for their tireless efforts (and generous expenditures!)
 
The Gotham squad started Saturday morning against the Mudville ballists in what would be its closest contest of the tourney, a 18-10 defeat.
 
Although the Gothams would advance to an early 2-0 lead on doubles by Collector and Flytrap, the lead was short-lived.
It was much the same in the next two games, where the Gothams would score runs early and perhaps take small short-lived leads.
 
The field of play at the Farmer's Field was resplendent with soft green grass and a beautiful bucolic view of the grand Lake Otesaga. But it was an odd landscape with a pregnant plateau of a center field which no doubt gave the finest fielders fits. A striker's run to first base was an uphill journey.
 
The field of play at the Doubleday Field was as perfect as a baseball diamond could be, and the tourney had fine weather.
 
The Gotham squad is still adjusting to its ever-changing roster, and despite the outcome and some judgmental errors in the field, there was no shortage of fine play. There was a consensus that a return trip to the tourney is worth considering.
 
Until the tilts in Jersey City against the Skeeters, a rousing huzzah!
 
The statistics…
 
Sat 5/15/2010 - Farmers Field - 1865 Rules:

  
Collector - 4-4, 2 2B, 4 Aces
Flytrap - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Spike - 2-4
Wickets - 1-4
Boxer - 3-5, 1 Ace
Weed - 2-5, 2 Aces
Hanky - 1-4, 1 ace
Dutch - 2-4
Trolley 1-4
Crash - 1-4
Preacher - 1-4 1 Ace
Compass - 1-3 


Sat 5/15/2010 - Doubleday Field - 1865 Rules: 

Collector - 3-5, 1 Ace
Crash - 2-5, 1 Ace
Flytrap - 3-4, 1 2B
Spike - 3-5, 1 Ace
Wickets - 3-5
Preacher - 0-4
Boxer - 1-5
Compass - 0-4
Weed - 3-3, 1 Ace
Hanky - 1-3
Dutch - 1-3, 1 Ace
Trolley - 2-3, 2 Aces 


Sun - 5/16/2010 - Farmers Field - 1865 Rules:
 
Collector - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Crash - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 Ace
Flytrap - 2-5, 1 Ace
Spike - 4-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Wickets - 2-5
Boxer - 4-4, 1 Ace
Compass - 1-4,
Trolley - 1-4
Hanky - 0-3
Weed - 0-3 

Sun - 5/16/2010 - Doubleday Field - 1865 Rules: 
 
Collector - 4-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Crash - 2-5, 1 Ace
Flytrap - 4-4, 1 2B, 3 Aces
Spike - 1-5
Wickets - 2-5
Boxer - 2-4, 1 2B
Hanky - 1-4
Weed - 3-4, 1 Ace
Trolley - 1-4
Dutch - 0-4
 



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