5/20/2006 - Central Park Great Lawn - Game 1 vs. Flemington - 1864 Rules:
Today in the fine city of New York, the New York Gothams and the Flemington Neshanock played in the fist game ever of a new New York City classic - The 2006 Gotham Cup Tournament. However, the crowd was befuddled as the mighty Gothams trickled along with barely an outburst of life from their strikers for 6 full frames as the only excitement came in the 1st inning when Scratch bashed a double stole 2nd base and tallied his ace on a groundout by Coach. Luckily for the Gothams, our fearless hurler Spike held the Flemington nine to a meager 2 aces through 6 innings. The Gotham defense was impervious to this point. El Presidente' and Rugs appeared to have huge nets around them as they seemingly caught everything in sight to keep the game close. The Gothams finally erupted with an offensive explosion in the 7th inning as Rugs and Slider used their keen eyes and fleet feet to walk and steal their way around the bases while Coach came through to blast a powerful 2-base hit and eventually tally an ace on an error to give the Gothams a 4-2 lead after 7 frames.
Stacks came on to relieve the weary Spike from his mound duties for the last 3 innings, but the mighty Gothams refused to provide Stacks with the same kind of defensive support they supplied Spike. A new player (Ink) was even brought in to play 3rd base for extra defense. This new player, however, decided to treat the base ball as if it were a pesky insect that had to be swatted away to protect himself. There was some talk that the wily captain of the Flemington club, Brooklyn, paid some fee under the table to this new player to beat this Gotham team that has had its way with Flemington in the recent past. Whether by tomfoolery or not the Flemington club managed to score 8 runs over the last 2 frames to take a 10-4 lead to the bottom of the 9th, where the Gothams could only combine their patience and speed to muster up a single ace on a couple of walks and some thievery on the base paths by Rugs and Dutch. The end result was a 10-5 victory for the Flemington Neshanock.
Slider - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Scratch - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Coach - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Sparky - 1-3, 1 2B
Spike - 0-3
Ironweed - 0-2
Ink - 1-1, 1 SB
El Presidente' - 0-3
Homer - 0-3
Shoeless - 0-3
Stacks - 1-2, 1 SB
Trolley - 0-1
Rugs - 0-1, 2 BB, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Dutch - 0-2, 1 BB
Game 2 vs. Brooklyn Atlantics - 1864 Rules:
The last game of the day pitted 2 rivals from opposite sides of the East River to slug it out for the first time this season - The Atlantics from Brooklyn and the Gothams from New York. The Atlantics were still steaming from having allowed the Gothams to break their 14 game losing streak against their rivals end in the prior summer and wanted their revenge, but the Gothams in full belief that it was no fluke, came through to beat the Brooklyn club once again by a tally of 11-6.
Brooklyn was first to tally an ace in this game in their half of the 1st, but the Gothams came roaring back in their half of the inning with 3 aces to take a lead they would not relinquish. Slider & Scratch opened with singles and stole their way around the bases, while Sparky reached on an error and scored on a 2-base hit by Ironweed. Coach continued to hold down the Brooklyn bats and legs with his fast pitching and swift pickoff moves in the 2nd frame while Rugs singled and stole the next 3 bags to increase the Gotham lead to 4-1.
Brooklyn proceeded to tally single aces in both the 3rd and 4th frames to make the game close, but then the Gothams exploded for 7 aces in the bottom of the 4th inning. Scratch, Coach, Sparky & El Presidente'' all reached base safely and proceeded to move from base to base with fleet swipes as if they were on one of those new fangled merry-go-rounds. Weed reached on an error, Homer and Stacks followed that with additional hits to give the Gothams an insurmountable 11-3 lead. The Brooklyn club did tally 3 more times in the top of the 5th inning, but thanks to fine defensive play by both clubs, no more aces were tallied the rest of the way to reach a final score of 11-6 in favor of the Gothams. Some special recognition should be made to the Gotham catcher Stacks making 2 spectacular plays on foul tips in the 8th inning and to the Brooklyn Shortstop The Dream for not letting 153 strikes pass him by without striking the ball this time.
Interestingly enough due to this victory by the Gothams combined with the age of the Flemington captain, which requires him to retire at an early hour, the Gothams and Atlantics will meet again tomorrow afternoon to decide the winner of the Gotham cup!
Slider - 2-3, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Scratch - 2-3, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Coach - 1-3, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Sparky - 1-3, 2 Aces, 4 SB
El Presidente' - 1-3, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Ironweed - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Spike - 0-3
Homer - 1-3, 1 Ace
Stacks - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Rugs - 1-3, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Shoeless - 0-3
Trolley - 0-3
Dutch - 0-2
1873 Rules - Brooklyn Atlantics 33 - Flemington Neshanock 6
Brooklyn & New York advance to Finals
1894 Rules - Hancock Nine 17 - New York Mutuals - 10
1884 Rules - Roxbury Nine 6 - New York Mutuals - 3
1898 Rules - Hancock Nine - 6 - Roxbury Nine 4
Hancock & Roxbury advance to Finals