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Welcome to the New York Gotham Base Ball Club Web site. We are part of a large group of Vintage Base Ball Clubs that strive to present base ball's history to others by playing base ball as it was done in the past. Our goal is to recreate the game as it was played in 1864 as accurately as possible to share our knowledge of this great game of base ball from an historic standpoint.

The Gothams are playing our 12th season of Vintage Base Ball in New York City. Our home games are played on the Parade Grounds at Governors Island. The team was founded by Drew Frady, a ten+ year veteran of the hobby and former treasurer of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association, past advisor for the Old Bethpage Historic Base Ball Program, and current president of the VBBA. The fact that New York City, where the game was essentially invented, lacked such a Vintage organization became one of Mr. Frady's concerns. Through his (and others) hard work and research, Vintage Base Ball is now played in New York City.

The Gothams play from April to October and although play many games around the New York City area, we do travel for dates in places like Boston, Gettysburg and Cooperstown.

Did you know that in 1864, foul balls were not
strikes and that a ball caught on one bounce was an out?
It was the 1865 season when the rules changed and a ball
caught in the field of play had to be caught on a fly. Balls in foul
territory could still be caught on a bounce for several years to come.


Come on out and join the fun as a spectator or a player!

Heading into the 2015 season the Gothams are accepting new full time players. We have a planned schedule of 12 dates for the season, each a double header. We play in front of spectators so it is mandatory that players invest in their own uniform. Players must have existing base ball skills. Enthusiastic softballers also make good vintage players. Don't let the word "vintage" fool you though, our players range from teens to seasoned adults. The one thing we all have in common is our love for the game, the history and each other. If you are interested in perhaps becoming a player please email

How to find our Home Field, Governors Island, NY


Help Support the Gothams by making a $10 donation plus $5.95 shipping by USPS

We'll send you your own Gotham Base Ball Club T-Shirt

For information about available sizes and colors email

Payments accepted at

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(Sizes available, Mens M, L, XL - Colors Blue with White Letters, Black with White Letters and White with Black Letters)


News Articles, learn what the Gothams are all about and what the game was really about.....

NEW 11-20-14 Learn about Historic Hinchliff Stadium - The Gothams, Mutuals and Atlantics will be playing matches in the historic Paterson area this coming season. Part of those efforts in cooperation with Lambert Castle and the Passaic County Historical Society are in support of Hinchliff Stadium and it's refurbishment. Games will be played at Westside Park and Garrett Mountain Preserve in Paterson.

11-22-13 To Spur Memory - John Thorn - MLB Historian - Where did the name Gotham come from ?

NEW Nicknames for Vintage Players, Gettysburg, PA 2013 by Julia Hatmaker

NEWVideo of Gothams vs. Flemington Neshanock, Old Stone House, October 12th, 2013. Produced by Hugo Massa.

NEWNY Times Article June, 2012

NEWThe Brooklyn Trolley Blogger October 2013

Read all about local vintage games, history

and all the local sports from the

Brooklyn Trolley Blogger, our favorite

baseball fan from Dodger town Brooklyn USA


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