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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 we 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 a few new full time players. We have a planned schedule of 13 dates for the season, each a double header. We play in front of spectators who come to see the game as it was once played, so it is mandatory that players invest in their own uniform for the sake of the presentation of the game. Players must have some existing base ball skills as the games are competitive. Experienced baseball players or enthusiastic softballers both make good vintage players. Don't let the word "vintage" fool you, we're not all old, 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 the team. 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 $12 donation plus $5.95 shipping by USPS

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

To get a shirt for yourself or a friend click here or on one of the shirt images below.

For information about available sizes and colors email

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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 like.....

NEW Learn about the glove, why the Gothams and other vintage teams play without them! * The_Glove.pdf: The_Glove.pdf

NEW11-20-14 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

Other New York Area Teams in the league!

The Brooklyn Atlantics

The Flemington Neshanock

The Hoboken Nine

The New York Mutuals



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