The Capitol Conference, part of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League (www.mavbbl.com) is made up of vintage base ball teams in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. Our teams play by nineteenth century rules using authentic replicas of nineteenth century equipment and uniforms.
As was the custom in the 1860s, we play the field barehanded, without gloves. When teams such as the Chesapeake, Arundel Excelsiors, Potomac, and Old Dominions take the field, players and fans alike can step back in time to a simpler era and experience baseball the way it was meant to be played. Welcome to our website, where you can learn more about the great game of vintage base ball.
The Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club was established in spring 2006 with an initial meeting of Jeffrey “Bucket” Turner, Scott “Rhubarb” Rogers, and Ben “Moon” Pauwels at Centennial High School in Columbia, Maryland. Further organizational meetings and an intensive recruitment drive allowed the Club to field nine players for the inaugural Chesapeake Cup at Historic Elk Landing in Elkton, Maryland in July. Invitational matches followed throughout summer, culminating with near victories at Easton, Maryland, in October and a final series in Baltimore against the Elkton Eclipse.
All told, sixteen Club members played in games in 2006, and three nonplaying members also participated in bringing nineteenth century base ball back to life for spectators at Club matches
Though the Club did not record any wins in its first season, the standard of play improved tremendously in just a few short months. Players who were the rawest, bumbling “muffins” in spring formed a seasoned “first nine” by 8/21/2016 Our History – MAVBBL Capitol Conference Vintage Base Ball. By October, the Club was able to keep most games competitive, and even took a threerun lead into the ninth at Easton.
During the 2006 season, the Club researched local nineteenth century base ball and chose permanent uniforms, to be worn starting in 2007, to honor leading Baltimore and Washington amateur clubs. With reversible shield fronts, the official Club uniform would allow members to play splitsquad games against one another and even to field two squads, representing Washington and Baltimore individually, at tournaments. As the offseason began, Club members turned to planning for a successful 2007 campaign. Efforts include creating this website, organizing the Winter Banquet, scheduling next year’s matches, and inviting new members to join us as players, umpires, and “cranks.
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