5/21/2006 - Great Lawn Central Park - Gothams vs. Brooklyn Atlantics - 1864 Rules:
On a rainy day in New York City, The Brooklyn Atlantics and the New York Gothams met on the Great Lawn in Central Park to decide which club would get to bring home the coveted Gotham Cup. The Gothams were anxious to win the Cup on their home field, while the Atlantics wanted to avenge their defeat to the Gothams the day before. Consider the Atlantics avenged as they dismantled the Gotham defense to a final tally of 24-7.
The Gothams got going first when Slider led off the game with a single, stole 2nd base and scored on a 2-base hit by Scratch. The Atlantics came right back on singles by Hawk, Sam and TC, which combined with Stacks wildness on the mound (walks to toothpick and Willy Mo) to tally 4 aces and take a 4-1 lead. Stacks, Homer, and Shoeless combined 3 singles to tally another ace in the 2nd, singles by Scratch and Ironweed and a 2-base hit by Sparky brought home 2 more aces in the 3rd, during which Stacks Chicagoed the Atlantics for the only time in the 2nd frame brought the score to 4-4 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning. Unfortunately for the Gothams the score would not remain close thereafter.
Dream led off the 3rd with a single and promptly stole 2 bases and tallied an ace on a walk by TC to give the Atlantics a lead that would last all the way to the Championship. Additional hits by Hammy and Big dog, plus walks to Willy Mo and Tree gave the Atlantics an 8-4 lead after 3. The Gothams were Chicagoed in the 4th while the Atlantics tallied 5 more times for an insurmountable lead. 2-base hits by Toothpick and Hammy highlighted the inning. The Atlantics continued to reach base via hits and walks while stealing bases at will to tally 24 aces to the Gothams 7. It should be noted that Ironweed should a true act of resiliency during the match when he returned to the game after the ground came up at him to smash his nose and draw blood from him. Ironweed would not retaliate against the vicious ground but did manage to stay on his feet the rest of the way.
The only remaining highlights for the hapless Gothams were the free-wheeling antics of Shoeless making his pitching debut in a mop-up role in the 8th inning. Shoeless managed to retire the first 2 Atlantics before allowing 2 hits, a walk and 3 more Atlantic aces. Shoeless, however, was able to do something his 2 predecessors could not, stand up for his captain. Tree viciously plunked Trolley with a pitch earlier in the game, but Stacks and Spike would not take revenge on any member of the Atlantics. Shoeless came in and immediately hit Tree with his first pitch, fortunately no more rough play followed, likely due to the Atlantics graciously awaiting their championship trophy. Shoeless managed to incur more laughter once he let runners on base. He kept spinning around in an attempt to keep the runners close, then spinning back to throw a ball to the plate, which invariably would be either too far outside or too far inside. At one point the spinning got so out of control that Shoeless found himself knee deep in the dirt. Thankfully, TC finally made the 3rd out to get Shoeless off the mound.
Once the Gothams went down meekly in the top of the 9th the Championship was officially awarded to the Atlantics. Congratulations to their whole squad and to all participants that made this first Gotham Cup Tournament a tremendous success!!
Individual Stats - Gothams:
Slider - 3-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Scratch - 4-5, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 5 SB
Spike - 0-5
Sparky - 2-5, 2 2B, 2 Aces, 1 SB
Ironweed - 2-4, 1 SB
Stacks - 2-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Homer - 1-4, 1 SB
El Presidente' - 1-4, 1 SB
Shoeless - 3-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Trolley - 1-3, 2 SB
Individual Stats - Atlantics:
Hawk - 2-7, 3 Aces, 5 SB
Sam - 1-4, 2 BB, 3 Aces, 3 SB
Dream - 3-6, 3 Aces, 4 SB
Toothpick - 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 3 Aces, 2 SB
TC - 2-5, 1 BB, 5 Aces, 5 SB
Hammy - 4-5, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 2 SB
Willy Mo - 2-3, 2 BB, 3 Aces, 4 SB
Big Dog - 2-5, 1 2B
Tree - 1-4, 2 BB, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Pigtail - 1-6, 1 SB
In a hard-fought match between the Hancock Nine and the Roxbury Nine, the team from Roxbury came out on top to win the Overhand Championship Gotham Cup by a final tally of 8-7. Congratulations to Roxbury!
The New York Mutuals (with only 8 fielders!) beat the Flemington Neshanock by a tally of 10-8.
Until next year's tournament….Huzzah!!!!