||The Northville Eclipse Base Ball Club, a Metro Detroit vintage base ball team, has announced its 2014 playing schedule. The new season, running from May 14 through September 21, 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.
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.
2014 Northville Eclipse Schedule
Sun May 18 2pm Home against the Woodstock Actives
Sun June 1 1pm At Mighty River Hogs of Midland County
Sat June 7 At Silas Pierce Cup, Grand Rapids (3 matches)
Sun June 22 2 pm Home against the Lumber City BBC of Filnt
Sat June 28 1:30pm At Greenfield Village Lah-De-Dahs
Fri July 4 Noon Home against the Port Huron Welkins
Sat July 12 Noon At Lond Tecumsehs/Woodstock Active (2 matches)
Sun July 27 2pm Home against Union BBC of Dexter
Sat Aug. 2 2pm At Lumber City BBC of Flint
Fri-Sun Aug. 8-10 At Silver Ball Tournament, Mumford NY
Sun Aug. 17 2pm Monitor BBC of Chelsea
Sun Aug. 31 2pm At Union BBC of Dexter
Sun Sept. 7 2pm Home against London Tecumsehs
Sat Sept. 13 TBD home against Great Balck Swamp Frogs of Sylvania (OH)
Sun Sept. 14 2pm At Monitor BBC of Chelsea
Sun Sept. 21 2pm Home against 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.