Upcoming Event this Sunday, June 22… Wahoo Invitational Tournament at Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak

20 June 2014

Competing in the tournament are the Mansfield Independents, Richmond Bees, Sylvania Black Swamp Frogs, and the Royal Oak Wahoo’s

 

Tournament schedule

11am 1st matches

Field 1 Wahoos vs Independents
Field 2 Bees vs Frogs
12:15 Lunch Break
12:45- 1:15 Skills competition
1:30 2nd matches
Field 1 Frogs vs Independents
Field 2 Bees vs Wahoos
2:45 Match 3
Field 1 Wahoos vs Frogs
Field 2 Independents vs Bees
3:45 Closing ceremony
Field one
Field one home plate is down by the trees.
Field two home plate will be up by the volley ball courts.

2014 action photo’s (click here to start slideshow)

28 May 2014
Memorial day
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May 18, 2014 Wahoo’s visit Richmond to Play the Bee’s

28 May 2014

The Wahoo Base Ball Club of Royal Oak enjoyed a great afternoon with the Richmond Bees Baseball Club today. A beautiful day, an impressive showing of Cranks in Richmond, and very much enjoyed meeting the Host Bee’s, on and off the Field. Both Clubs struck the ball equally well, and kept the sacks busy all afternoon. The Wahoo’s were able to prevail by an 18 – 6 tally count, but this does not show how much closer the match actually was. The fine Gentlemen of the Richmond Club are in their inaugural Season, and very soon will be a Team of Nines to be reckoned with. The visiting Wahoo’s very much appreciated their Host’s hospitality and post match BBQ. These 2 Ball Clubs will meet 2 more times in Royal Oak this Summer, where the results could be very different.

Wahoo’s versus Chelsea Monitors May 4, 2014

28 May 2014

(Monitor perspective) Good time today as the Monitors kicked off their 4th season. Great to be playing ball again after that merciless winter, especially against our good friends, the Wahoo BBC of Royal Oak. Pretty low-scoring contest, in soggy and very windy conditions. Plenty of fine defensive plays made by both clubs. The Monitors held a 3-1 advantage for most of the match, but 3 in the seventh and 4 in the eighth by the host club proved decisive. A nice Monitor rally in the bottom of the ninth netted 3 tallies against Wahoo relief pitcher Sawdust/TuefelHunden/PhilCoke made it interesting, but Royal Oak walked away 8-6 victors today. Fine match all, and thanks to the loyal cranks who stayed to watch on a deceptively chilly afternoon!

(Wahoo perspective)  A hard fought victory against our good friends from Chelsea was a fitting way to say goodbye to our old battle flag and introduce the new. It was our privilege to have used it for so many years. May it bring our former Captain, Tim Gorman many fond memory’s hanging over his mantle.

Please note, change of schedule for the Wahoo versus Wahoo match from Sept 15 to Sept 29th, 2013

13 September 2013
This match has been moved to the 29th.  It was originally scheduled for the 15th.  The Wahoo vs. Wahoo match is a fine end to the season.  No match offers so much of the 1860′s Base Ball experience as this match.  We hope to see you there.

 
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
 

Labor Day weekend camping and Ohio Cup, Sept 2013

13 September 2013

 

A very enjoyable couple of days with some fine Gentlemen, from our Club, The Chelsea Monitors, and the Welkins of Port Huron, as well as “Keeper” (Colette) Camping out near Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to Stains for “MCing” the Campfires both nights: 1st night) “How did you get into Vintage Base Ball” and your Base Ball background. Made for some great stories, and Beverage consumption. 2nd night theme) Favorite Experience at Tiger Stadium, which then parlayed into a very challenging Tigers / Baseball Trivia evening. Kent Hrbek was the answer to most questions. Then of course the Base Ball matches for the 2 days. The Wahoo’s did very well again, going 3 Wins, 2 losses, and another Tie again due to time limits. The 2 loses were by a 1-0, and 6-4 tally count. The Wins were quite close also, 5-3, 8-3, and 5-3 again. The Tie was against the same Club we tied 2 years ago at the Ohio Cup, The Addison Mountain Stars of Pennsylvania. The Ace count was 4-4. We thank the Ohio Historical Society, The Ohio Muffins Base Ball Club, and many others for being such fine hosts. We had a fine Meal on Saturday evening at the Ohio Village as well. Huzzah to my good friends on the Wahoo’s, and to everyone at the Ohio Cup Tournament !! I hope the injuries suffered by a couple of us are healed quickly, particularly to Dog House and Legs. Most of the rest of us are hopefully just kind of sore, and tired today. Take care, its a pleasure knowing you ALL.

Sylvania Ohio for Match with the Great Black Swamp Frogs, July 2013

13 September 2013

The Wahoo’s of Royal Oak did not prevail on Sunday, but enjoyed the day and our Base Ball match with our very worthy opponents, the Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania, Ohio. They, and the Lutheran Home of Toledo were once again very fine hosts. Thank you for your hospitality, it was much appreciated ! The Wahoo’s welcomed 2 players that made their Vintage Base Ball debut in fine style in Toledo. Thanks go out to “Beaner”, who is also the very 1st young lady to play for our Club, and “Long John” her courting partner. Both played very well, and beyond all expectations ! We hope to see you at more of our matches in the future.

Mansfield, Ohio June 23rd 2013

13 September 2013

After a rather long wagon ride, on Sunday, 23rd of June past, the Wahoo Base Ball Club of Royal Oak arrived in Mansfield, Ohio. They were there for 2 matches, to be played in the shadow of the strangely beautiful, yet haunting 100 year old Ohio State State Reformatory.

        It was a warm afternoon, and getting warmer. The shade of the trees along the 1st sack line, gave a break from the heat to ballists from 3 Clubs, as well as a fine showing of cranks. The host Mansfield Independents graciously allowed the Wahoo’s to play the 1st of the 3 scheduled matches. The Alliance Cross Rails, in their sharp Scarlet and Gray uniforms, provided the challenge for the Royal Oak Nine.

        The Rails started off with 3 tallies in their first chance striking, the Wahoo’s followed with 2 aces to keep it a close contest after 1 inning. With some more fine striking, the Alliance Gents brought around another 4 scores before 3 hands down could be collected against them. Not wanting to fall further behind, the Michigan Visitors also struck well and tallied 4 aces of their own. This kept the match close with the 7 to 6 advantage staying in the Cross Rails favor after 2 frames.

        Some fine Royal Oak fielding held the Rails to 1 tally in the 3rd, but the Wahoo’s were unable to plates any runners in their 3rd, and 4th chance at the dish. Meanwhile, the “CR’s” opened up their lead with 5 well earned aces to make the tally count 13 to 6 through 4 frames.

        Again, some well held one bound strikes by the Wahoo out – field, prevented the men in Red from scoring more than 1, the Royal Oakers needed a big inning now, to get back in this match, but also due to more fine plays in the field, they could only score 1 as well. The Cross Rails continued their well placed strikes, and rang the tally bell 3 more times in their 6th chance. In their last chance at the dish, the Wahoo’s were unable to score, and the match ended with the Alliance Club’s 17 aces, to the Royal Oak Gents 7. A well played contest by all, and the Wahoo’s appreciated the Independents loaning Doc to them. He had a well played match.

 

Match 2

    

        After a 15 minute period for some much needed refreshment, the Club from Royal Oak was as ready as they were going to be, to take on the host Mansfield Independents fine Gentlemen. The Cross Rails were able to join the cranks in the shade, and watch the 2nd challenge of the day.

       Not sure if the heat of the day was really getting to the Wahoo’s, or if the fresh legs of the Mansfield Club was any help, but the Independents came out striking very well as they led off the contest. Seemed like every struck ball was perfectly placed by the Gents in their white uniforms. After what seemed like most of the afternoon, 3 hands down were finally gained against the Independents. The Wahoo’s were unable to tally anything, and the hosts had an early 7 to 0 advantage after only 1 inning.

       Some fine fielding kept the Mansfield Nine away from the Scorers table in the 2nd frame, while the Visitors were able to get 3 tallys. The count was now 7 to 3. Continuing the well held catches, especially by the “loaner” ballist from the Cross Rails, the visitors once again prevented any Independents from crossing the dish. Everyone on the Wahoo’s resumed striking well in their 3rd chance, and rang the tally bell another 3 times to get back in the match, now trailing by only 1 score. 7 to 6.

      The 4th inning was a scoreless one for both Clubs, due mainly to the continued fine play in the field. Mansfield was able to get a runner to gain the 2nd sack in their 5th inning, with only 1 hand down. The next striker hit a high 1 bound ball back to the Royal Oak hurler. The ol’ onion was held on the single bound to get the hand down on the striker, then a throw was made to the 3rd sack tender, who then put the tag on the runner. This finished the double play, and the inning for the Independents, the fourth such inning in a row without a tally. The Wahoo’s had a very tough time scoring as well, against the Home Gents fine defense. However they were able to scratch out 1 ace in their 5th at bat to tie the tally count at 7.

       To start the 6th inning, the Mansfield Nine was once again able to get a couple men on the base paths. But once again, and for the 5th frame in a row, no Independents were able to ring the tally bell. With the match winding down, the Royal Oakers  wanted desperately to break the even score. They went to work with their lumber, and the first 2 strikers gained the 1st and 3rd sacks. Two more well struck balls later, and the Wahoo’s had 2 aces to show for it. After 6 exciting innings of play, the visitors in Gray and Navy Blue had battled back, and now had a 2 tally advantage going into the final frame. 9 tallies to 7.

       The Mansfield Club had no intention of giving up in this match. Their strikers found openings in the field, and in the blink of an eye, had 2 runners on the sacks. The next striker gained 1st base, with a well struck ball to the out field, the lead Gent on the paths was able to tally, but another runner was tagged out for the 1st hand down of the 7th inning. It was now a 9 to 8 ace count when the next striker stepped to the line. After a couple hurled pitches did not suit the striker, he did swing and hit the next pitch for a “hot daisy cutter” to the rover on the left side. A fine play was made to get the ball, and make a quick hurl to the

 2nd sack tender to gain a forced 2nd hand down on the runner. With no time to spare, a fine throw was in turn made to the 1st sack tender, the ball was well held, and the striker was called for the 3rd hand down. The match ended on another fine double play by the Wahoo’s.

       Both Clubs played very well, and it was one of the most exciting matches this writer had witnessed in some time. The 3rd and final match of this very warm afternoon was also a very exciting, well played, and even match. The Independents were able to edge out the Cross Rails in the final frame. All 3 Clubs had prevailed in 1 match, and come up short of aces in the other.

      A fine job was done by the Umpire in judging all the matches, and thanks also to the tally keeper. Many thanks go out to the fine hosts of Mansfield for allowing us to partake in a afternoon of Gentlemanly Base Ball, on such a Historic site. It was a pleasure in meeting the Alliance Cross Rails, and once again seeing our friends the Independents. We look forward to another fine match or 2 with you next season, and we will see you in Columbus for the Ohio Cup on Labor Day weekend.

 

Hop

 

Van Hoosening we will go (June , 2013)

13 September 2013

The Wahoo’s made their annual short wagon ride out to Van Hoosen Farm in beautiful Rochester on Saturday 8 June. Awaiting their arrival were the Grangers, on their Home field. It was somewhat unusual to be out in Rochester for a match between these 2 Clubs, and not having it raining, or at least threatening skies, as had been the case in the last few years.

      To the delight of the fine turnout of cranks, the match was ready to begin. With the Grangers in white uniforms, winning the coin toss, they prepared to strike first. … And strike they did, tallying 4 aces in their 1st turn at the dish. The Wahoo’s of Royal Oak answered with 1 of their own. In the 2nd inning, the Visitors played some fine defense, and kept the Grangers off the tally sheet. Then they brought 2 more sack runners around to score, and should have had a couple more, but instead left some gents on the base paths. It was a close match, with Rochester having the slight advantage 4 aces to 3.

       More fine defense, was played by both Clubs in the 3rd frame, especially without the Bound Rule in effect for this match. The only tally was the 1 plated by the Grangers to make it a 5 to 3 ace count. Starting off the 4th inning, the first 2 Home strikers gained 1st, and 2nd sack respectively. As the Grangers Captain, “Moonlight”  strode to the dish for his turn, he called for a brief pause in play to address all in attendance, but particularly the Wahoo’s in the field. He proceeded to recite a heartfelt verse of thanks, respect, and sportsmanship to the Visiting ballists from Royal Oak. The acting Wahoo’s Captain, “Hopalong” expressed his Clubs thanks, and appreciation for such a tribute, by a truly fine Gentleman of the game.

        As nice as Moonlight’s words were, his lumber, and that of the rest of the Rochester Nines, spoke quite the opposite. The Grangers went on a striking assault not ever seen by this writer. They had tallied 6 aces before the 1st hand down was obtained, and went on to ring the bell a total of 13 times in the inning ! It was a fine display of striking, and well placed balls landing in the open field. Many of the Wahoo’s thought they would never get off the field, or strike again. They were held without in their 4th inning and the Rochester advantage was now at 18 aces to 3. In utter jest, it seemed to some that the Gentlemanly verbage from the Grangers Captain was possibly a “hex” of some kind, as certainly all heck broke loose soon after. A mere coincidence I’m sure.

        For the rest of the match, it was back to a very closely played contest, with outstanding plays on both sides. In the last 5 Innings, the Wahoos tallied 4 more aces, to the Grangers 5 . It was largely the “endless inning” that changed this otherwise evenly played game, into a final ace count of 23 for Rochester, to 7 by Royal Oak. But as always, a fine match against a great group of Gentlemen, and superb Ballists, that is the Grangers !

       The Wahoo’s thank the Grangers, and Van Hoosen Farm for their 1st class hospitality, including an excellent post match meal, some Cap jewelry, (pins) and some vittles to go. We wish the Rochester Nine a fine season, and we look forward to seeing them again soon.

 

Hopalong

Memorial Day 2013 Match, Wahoo’s, Dexter Union, and Chelsea Monitors

10 June 2013

The Wahoo’s Base Ball Club, and the town of Royal Oak had the pleasure of hosting our good friends the Dexter Union, and the Chelsea Monitors, this past Memorial Day. Of course, the reason for the Holiday is to remember our Veterans, especially those that made the Ultimate Sacrifice. God Bless you all.

     For the 3 Base Ball Clubs, the day started with the privilege of marching in the Memorial Day Parade, with many Veterans, and others showing their respect to those that have served our Country.
     By early afternoon, all the Ballists gathered at Starr – Jaycee Park, and the 3 team Gatling Gun Style Match commenced under mostly cloudy skies. There was also a very good showing of Cranks to take in the unique contest, they were all appreciated by the Gents that came to play.
     To start out the match, the host Club Wahoo’s were not involved, as the Chelsea Monitors struck first vs the Dexter Union, who took the field. In this match, which can be confusing, each Club strikes, and fields against each of the other 2 “Nines”, 4 different times.
      Each of the 3 teams tallied in the first 3 innings. The count of aces after the 3rd frame was very close: Chelsea 4, Dexter 3, and Royal Oak 2.
In the 4th trip to the dish for the 3 Clubs, the Monitors struck well again, ringing the tally bell 4 times, and the Union skedaddled home 3 more scores. The host Wahoo’s were held to an absence of aces to fall further behind by a count of Chelsea 8, Dexter 6, and Royal Oak 2.
      The 5th, 6th & 7th inning cooled off the Chelsea Club as they were held without anyone rounding the sacks for 2 of 3 chances, getting 1 tally in the 7th inning. The Dexter Union really swung the lumber well, and took the lead in the match with a 6 tally 5th, 2 more in the 6th, and 4 bell rings in their 7th to take the lead by a 9 ace count. The Royal Oaker’s were having trouble most of the afternoon bringing runners around, and were only able to score 1 ace each in these same 3 innings.
       Going into each Clubs final chance striking, the Dexter Gents held a commanding 9 score lead over Chelsea. The count being: 18 to 9, to the Wahoo’ 5 aces. In the last inning, the Wahoo’s posted a Goose egg, to end their less than average striking afternoon with only 5 tallies. The red hot Union Club continued to be relentless, in a gentlemanly way, by bringing 3 more aces home to expand the gap over Chelsea to 12. With the scads of aces the Union had scored, most everyone was certain that they had put the match away. They just needed to get 3 hands down in a face to face last chance at the strikers line for the Monitor 9.
      The Gentlemen from Chelsea came out striking well, and were not going down without a fight it appeared. A couple aces here, and a couple more there, without a hand down, and the match was suddenly not out of reach for Honest Jons Club. More strikers gained the sacks, and more aces were tallied, now with 2 hands down. With the tally count  advantage now only 3 for Dexter, they had to get 1 more hand down somehow. Just when it looked very possible that the Monitors would come even in ace count, the Union got the last hand down, with a couple Chelsea boys on the paths to end the match. What an exciting surge by the Monitors, as they never gave up, but hats were off to The Dexter Union for holding them off, and finishing the Match with a 21 ace count to the Monitors 18, with the Wahoo’s being very gracious hosts and only tallying 5.
     A few post match Ales were enjoyed by members of all 3 Clubs, as they looked forward to seeing each other again soon. Huzzah to all 3 Clubs, and to all that had a part in making it happen.
 
Hop
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