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NORTHVILLE, MI, April 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Northville Eclipse Base Ball Club , a Metro Detroit vintage base ball team, today announced its 2013 playing schedule. The new season, running from May 11 through September 15, features eight home games at the team's playing field at Ford Field, adjacent to historic Mill Race Village at 215 Griswold St. in Northville.
Featured events this year include the Silas Pierce Cup Tournament in Grand Rapids. The team will play in a series of games at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. During the Fourth of July, the team will host a holiday game and be part of the annual parade in Downtown Northville.
The Northville Eclipse members include Len "Dutch" Baron, Larry "LoneStar" Bird, Chuck "Paddy" Burke, Dennis "Stitch" Haggerty, Jim Haggerty, Ron "Crusher" Klein, Dan "Mac" McEvill, Jason "Tex" Miller, Sue "Goose" Miller, David "Bender" Newhouse, Keith Polakowski, Natalie Polakowski, Al "Toes" Smitley, Carl "Doc" Szumlanski, Joe "Cuppa Joe" Tomassi, Greg "TinMan" Weidenbach and Julian "Frisco" Zendejas. Denise "Frenchy" LaMotte is the team's tally keeper.
Vintage base ball is not only a competitive game; it's a tribute to the sport and similar to an American Civil War reenactment. This version of the sport is considered a true gentlemen's game without swearing, sliding, spitting or any sort of playing gloves.
2013 Northville Eclipse Schedule
Saturday, May 11 - Away: Port Huron Welkins (Mich.)
Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. - Home: Union Base Ball Club of Dexter (Mich.)
Saturday, June 1 - Away: Silas Pierce Cup Tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. - Home: Early Riser Base Ball Club of Detroit
Saturday, June 15 - Away: Mackinac Island Vintage Base Ball at the Grand Hotel
Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. - Home: Woodstock Actives of Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 29 - Away: Mighty River Hogs of Midland County (Mich.)
Thursday, July 4 at Noon - Home: Chelsea Monitors (Mich.)
Saturday, July 13 - Away: Games with Woodstock Actives and London Tecumsehs of Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 20 - Away: Greenfield Village Lah-De-Dahs at Greenfield Village, Dearborn (Mich.)
Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. - Home: Wyandotte Stars (Mich.)
Sunday, August 4 - Away: Walker Tavern Wheels (Mich.)
Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. - Home: London Tecumsehs
Saturday, August 24 - Away: Chelsea Monitors
Sunday, September 8 - Away: Union Base Ball Club of Dexter
Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. - Home: Port Huron Welkins
Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. - Home: Mighty River Hogs of Midland County
All Eclipse home games attract "cranks" (team fans) and visitors to the Mill Race Historical Village, a focal point for the Northville Community that preserves architectural styles common to the area prior to 1900. The Village is located on 12.5 acres of land donated by the Ford Motor Company, and it includes an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church and rustic wooden bridge.
About The Northville Eclipse Base Ball Club
Based in Metro Detroit, the Northville Eclipse is a volunteer group of baseball history and history enthusiasts who compete against other Midwest vintage teams, using the rules and gentlemanly conduct of the 1860s. For 11 years, the team has paid homage to the original Northville Eclipse Club formed in 1867, soon after the Civil War ended. The modern Northville Eclipse is a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association, which promotes a mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote the game in the highest standards of accuracy and authenticity. For more information, visit www.eclipsebbc.com.
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