Eclipse Base Ball sea­son opener is Sun­day

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART -

— 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.Elk­

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