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 fall. By October, the Club was able to keep most games competitive, and even took a three-run 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 will allow members to play split-squad 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.”
Articles from the early days of C&P:
Our D.C. Roots
Clippings about the Washington Nationals, a vintage base ball club from the 19th century.