This is a case of several odds bits converging in to something a bit more.
On our way home tonight we passed a notice that Vintage Baseball will be coming to the new ball fields in the park behind The Old Stone House on Sept 13. Around town several teams, of what really need to be called sporting reenactors, play baseball as it was played back in the 1860's. They catch barehanded, dress in vintage costumes, and bring period fans. I'm calling them sporting reenactors because unlike civil-war reenactors the outcome of the games is undetermined.
The funny thing is that just the other day I read an article, in a free local magazine called Overflow, about the Gowanus Improvement Company Headquarters, the derelict and landmarked mansion on 3rd and 3rd. The author mentioned the fact that Charles Ebbet's' National League Baseball Team (later called The Dodgers) played their games from 1898-1912 on the same fields in the park just across the street.
Finally to tie this whole conflux of bits together is a very funny Conan O'Brien piece from when he visited one of these teams. A favorite of mine from the highlight shows of his last week hosting Late Night. If it inspires you to come out for the games the schedule is:
- 11 am: NY Gothams vs. Brooklyn Atlantics
- 1 pm: Brooklyn Atlantics vs. Newark Eurekas
- 3 pm: Newark Eurekas vs. NY Gothams