The 2013 Western Reserve Cup took place this past weekend at Lakewood Park in Lakewood. The four clubs that call the Western Reserve home, the Akron Black Stockings, the Cleveland Blues, the Forest City BBC and the Whiskey Island Shamrocks, all squared off to see who would take ownership of the Cup for the next year.
As it has since it was resurrected in 2009, this year's edition was highlighted by fantastic striking and great shows of ginger in the field. Each match featured double-digit aces tallied with the Forest City BBC putting up as many as 22 in one match. Many more aces would have been tallied if not for the spectacular plays in the garden by all clubs highlighted by a one-handed, over-the-shoulder catch by the Shamrocks' midfielder early in the day.
The last match of the day was the one to claim the Cup. It saw the Blues matched up against the Forest City BBC, both coming in with a 2-0 record on the day. The Forest City's had already beaten the Blues two out of the three times they've faced off this season and this match started out looking like it'd be more of the same as the Blues found themselves in a quick 4-1 hole.
However, the Blues continued to grind away but the Forest City's did not help them at all. Relying on nothing but singles, 27 in all, the Blues rallied to hold on to the Western Reserve Cup for another year.
On Saturday, June 8 the Cincinnati Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Red Stockings hosted their 11th annual Queen City Base Ball Festival. Sharon Woods in Sharonville, OH was the location of the all day base ball festival, and the grounds couldn't have been more beautiful and suited for vintage base ball.
Six teams from Ohio and Indiana played spirited matches on three fields throughout the morning and early afternoon. The main field, located inside the Heritage Village Museum is one of the finest field in vintage baseball.
Following the nine games in total a skills competition was held featuring two skilled ballists from each nine. Ballists tried their
hands, or arms, at seeing who the most accurate tosser was, who could throw the farthest, and who could strike the onion the greatest distance from the line.
At the conclusion of the day, the ballists and their families were treated to a fried chicken dinner. It was a great time of base ball food and friendly company. The Queen City Base Ball Festival is, without a doubt, one of the finest base ball festivals the Cleveland Blues have had the honor of attending.
The Blues will return to action Saturday June, 22 at Lakewood Park where they will host the Mudville BBC and the Forest Citys. Matches start at noon and as always, are free and open to the public.
Much like the 1934-1946 Indians, the 2013 Cleveland Blues will play their home matches at multiple locations. Many of those locations are yet to be determined, but with opening day just a few weeks away, the first location has been set.
Saturday, May 4 at noon, the Blues will take on the gentlemen of the Hoover Sweepers in an old fashioned doubleheader at Lakewood Park in Lakewood, Ohio.
Lakewood Park has a few baseball diamonds but the Blues choose a far more unique location on the grounds. The south east corner, just next to Lake Avenue, offers an opportunity to recreate an authentic vintage base ball filed. There is no dirt infield. There is no backstop or home run fence. There are no bleachers. What this location offers is an
open filed of grass that allows for an 8,100 square foot infield (90 feet between bases) and an outfield with trees in center and right fields for the scouts to navigate. Much more like the game was played in the 1860s.
So come on down to Lakewood Park on May 4 to witness some fine, authentic vintage base ball. You can leave your wallet at home, because, as always, our vintage base ball matches are free. Just pack yourself a picnic lunch and bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a family friendly day at the "ball park."
The Cleveland Blues will hold their annual end of season awards banquet celebrating the conclusion of the 2012 season and welcoming the 2013 season.
The event will take place SAturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the newly remodeled Clevelander Bar and Grill. The Clevelander is located in downtown Cleveland just a block from both Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena at 834 Huron Rd. E.
|The cost is $10 and the first 150 people through the door will receive a limited edition Blues pint glass with complimentary beverage. Everyone will also get access to food and drink specials, 50/50 drawing, auction of a Hammer made bat signed by Indians greats of the past and of course the awards ceremony.|
With the 2013 schedule set, the only thing needed now is a break in the weather and it will officially be base ball season in Cleveland. Due to the renovation of League Park, this year's schedule is light on home matches, so if you're in the Cleveland area, make sure to pick a few dates early and make plans to get out to the "ballpark." The location of home matches is yet to be determined, but keep checking back for updates.
Highlights of the 2013 schedule include the always entertaining Akron and Western Reserve Cups, the Queen City Festival in Cincinnati, and new this year for the Blues is the Gettysburg Vintage Base Ball Festival in Gettysburg, PA. With 2013 being the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and the festival hosting the most teams it ever has, June 20-21 will be a great weekend for player and crank alike.
2013 Will be bookended by the 2012 end of the season banquet and the 3rd annual Blues Golf Outing.
The end of season banquet, which was postponed this year to avoid the business of the holiday season and offer a nice lead into 2013, will be held at The Clevelander once again. April 6th the Blues and Blues supporters will gather to remember the 2012 season and kick off the 2013 season.
I don't think anyone did not have a good time at the 2nd Blues Golf outing (first with actual golf being played) at Mallard Creek. Therefore, we decided to do it again. On August 24 we'll put down our bats, and grab our clubs, if only for a day. Check the schedule for time and locations updates.
Once again the Indians have invited the Blues back for Rally Alley. 13 times throughout the Indian's home schedule, the Blues will set up shop on Larry Doby Way and talk with fans about 19th century base ball. If you're going to see the Tribe, stop in and say, "Hi."
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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