Eclipse Base Ball season opener is Sunday
— The Eclipse Base Ball Club will square off against the Lewes Base Ball Club of Lewes, Del., in their season opener on Sunday.
The game will take place at 1 p.m. at the old Terrapin Station Winery at the corner of Route 213 and Ricketts Mill Road in Elkton.
It’s the 10th season for the Eclipse, at least in the team’s 21st century form. The Eclipse are the region’s premier 19th century base ball club playing by the rules and customs of 1864. Team members wear the same style
uniforms and play with the same kind of equipment that the original Eclipse team used in 1866.
The original Eclipse was the first base ball club in Cecil County when they started in July of 1866. The original club was made up of 40 men who would play on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays across from where the current American Home and Hardware is today after their work was done for the day. Many of the players were Union Civil War vets who were surgeons stationed in Philadelphia during the war. The Eclipse’s first game was on July 17, 1866, where they beat the St George’s Club of Delaware 62-37. They retired to the Howard House for a grand banquet afterwards.
The Eclipse’s next home game is at 1 p.m. on April 24 versus the Talbot Fair Plays at home at Terrapin Station Winery.
The Eclipse, which operates as a nonprofit, is still looking for a few players who have a passion for the history of baseball and enjoy going out and playing the game like it was originally played. For more on the team, visit www.ElktonBBC.com.