The Blues will bring back their annual Winter Banquet this January at Clevelander Bar and Grill in downtown Cleveland. The event will be open to all and for a $10 donation guests will receive a new, limited edition Blues pint glass. The glass commemorates the release of the Blues' new uniforms over the next two seasons. In addition to that, guests can enjoy complimentary snacks and their first drink is on the Blues.
The event starts at 2:00 pm on the second floor of Clevelander. Constible Dan Bing will
give a review of the 2014 season, one that saw the Blues win the National Silver Ball Tournament, the Western Reserve Cup and retain Old Sledge. He will also preview some of the exciting things the Blues have in store for 2015 and where you can catch them play this summer. In addition, the NFC and AFC Championship games will be on the TVs and there will be opportunities to win prizes.
We hope to see you there!
The Cleveland Blues are having their 4th annual golf outing on August 16th at Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station. This year we are partnering with a local non-profit group called Wounded Heroes. Their mission is to assist wounded soldiers transition back to day-to-day life after their injuries sustained from combat. We are looking for Golfers, and donations, and hole sponsorships. With your generous support we can help the Wounded Heroes group achieve their goals, as well as allow the Blues to continue educating Base Ball enthusiasts about the roots of our national past time. We thank you for your continued support.
The Cleveland Blues will partner with the Lakewood Historical Society to host the 2014 Western Reserve Cup Sunday, July 27 at Lakewood Park. The Western Reserve Cup is a base ball tradition dating back to 1878 and revived in 2009. Since that time, teams hailing from the Western Reserve gather to complete for the title of Western Reserve Champion.
This year's rendition will feature a new comer to the Western Reserve, the Bay Village Villagers. The Villagers are comprised of fine men of the hamlet of Bay village, just west of Cleveland. The 2010 Western Reserve Cup Champion Akron Black Stockings will continue their fine history of representation and quest for the Cup as well.
The matches will start at 11:15 with a match between the Blues and Villagers. New this year, will be guest speaker Scott Longart at 12:30. Base ball picks back up at 1:30 when
the Blues battle the Black Stocking, with the Black Stocking having taken the previous meeting 5-1. Following that match the Black Stockings and the Villagers will play in the final match of the day.
The club with the most victories at the end of the day (most aces tallied in the event of a tie), will be crowned the 2014 Western Reserve Cup Champion.
Also new this year will be the Women's Board Anniversary Celebration Ice Cream Social which will take place from 2:00 - 4:00.
So, come on out to Lakewood Park and enjoy a fine Sunday of Base Ball the way it was meant to be played. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic lunch. There are no admission fees, and persons of all ages are welcome and encouraged to come experience vintage base ball on the Western Reserve.
The Blues made the short drive to Stan Hywet Hall Sunday to take part in the Akron Cup. As always, the competition was stiff but friendly.
In their first match the fine defense of the hometown Black Stockings was too much for the Blues and held them to only five hits. That is unofficially the worst single game team batting average in modern Blues history. the Blues would lose that match 5-1.
Match two saw a the Blues and the Villagers a fine up-and-coming club out of Bay Village. The match featured lots of offense and defense on both sides. After nine innings, though, the Blues would find themselves back in the win column.
| Trying not to lose 2 matches at the Akron cup for the second year in a row was the goal for the Blues in the last match of the day. The hard hitting and hard throwing Canal Fulton Mules would try and not let that happen.|
The Mules lead off the game with a double, and later scored, but that would be the only ace tallied and the Blues would go on to win.
The Blues also debuted a new prospect in young Donny 'Penalty Box' Watters. Penalty Box has been called up before, but Sunday was his coming out party. He made plenty of fine plays at behind, and hit the ball as hard and as well as any of the veterans. With Penalty Box waiting int he wings, the future of the Blues looks bright.
The Cleveland Blues will be at many of the 2014 Cleveland Indians Rally Alley events this season. Please plan to stop by and visit with the Blues at these free events sponsored by the Cleveland Indians.
The Blues next match is Saturday, June 21st. We will be playing a double header with the Spiegal Grove Squires. Matches are scheduled to start at Noon. Come on out to see the roots of Americas National past time. Our matches are always free to the public, and we encourage fan participation.
Opening Day for the Cleveland Blues was Saturday May 3rd at Noon at Lakewood Park vs. The Bay Village Villagers. The Villagers played very well in their first match as a member of the VBBA. The Blues were honored to be the Villagers first opponent, and look forward to future events with them. The Blues trailed in the early innings and were able to mount a comeback to earn their first victory of the 2014 season.
The Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club is a Vintage Base Ball Club out of Cleveland Ohio, and patterned after the Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club of the National League (1878-1884), playing by 1860-1878 base ball rules.
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