You may recall the whole vintage base ball thing that came out of the Kingston Society for Playing Catch (KSPC) thing which came out of the whole community playing thing? Well, the season is now upon us and the Kingston St. Lawrence Brown Stockings Vintage Base Ball Club has two tournaments on already in the works, one in town and one over in Sackets Harbor, NY. Styled upon the "second nine" or the second-rate junior team from the main club that played in Kingston from 1872 to 1876, the KSLBSVBBC has a record of 0-1-1 with the tie coming in last year's rain canceled game in Sacket's Harbor, NY. The loss? Well, that was the year before.
Nutty yet based in history, we now have a team of crack researchers is now working on the actual heritage of the original St. Lawrence team, combing through articles like the one from 1873 shown here, in an effort to best replicate the details of uniform and play... and also to justify the effort to our spouses, bosses and bankers. Here are some stats arising from the games played by the Kingston St. Lawrence Base Ball Club in 1872 as reported in the Kingston British Whig. It is possible the list of games is not complete given the gap from 1 July to 21 August:
1A: Friday, 15 June - Married (39) v. Single (75). Umpire C. Van Arnam.
1B: Friday, 1 July - St. Lawrence (24) v. Cape Vincent, NY Ontario Club (26) - 1,000 in attendance at Cricket Grounds. Umpire: Mr. Cooper, Cape Vincent, NY.
1C: Monday, 21 August - Married (34) v. Single (54) - Eilbeck has switched sides having gotten married that summer. "Large attendance" at Cricket Ground. Singles called "the Benedicts" in the article. Umpire: J.M. Fo[r]te.
1D: Tuesday, 10 September - St. Lawrence (9) v. Clipper Club of Ilion, NY (70) - rain delay. Ilion were "masters of the Canadian bowling". K'ton hosted Ilion at the "Anglo" in the evening. Umpired by T.L. Twiss of Ilion, NY
The list of all teams referenced in the Kingston British Whig in the summer of 1872:
- St. Lawrence Club, Kingston.
- Cape Vincent (NY) Ontario Club.
- Williamsville Club. Williamsville was then a neighbouring community to Kingston. Played a "return match" with Orange L[?]y's on 20 August 1872 (KBW, 21 Aug. 1872).
- Orange L[?]y's, Kingston. Played a "return match" with Orange L[?]y's on 20 August 1872 (KBW, 21 Aug. 1872).
- Maple Leaf Club of Guelph. Champions and holders of the Silver Ball (KBW, 21 Aug. 1872); "recently" beat Ilion at Ilion, NY (KBW, 11 Sept. 1872).
- Dauntless Club, Toronto. Mentioned in the New York Times in 1872 but the Red Stockings toured Ontario in 1873.
- Clipper Club of Ilion, NY.
- Ogdensburg, NY.
- Port Hope, Ontario.
More information will be forthcoming. Lots of it. Brace yourself. Players lists. Details from the games. Notes on which hotels were the site of post-game libations. Notice, too, that of the four games reported in my Whig articles, two were played within the Club by teams composed of married men and single men. A "club" in that era was just that - a gathering for a common purpose, not just a team which took on other teams in a league schedule. In The June 15, 1872 article in the Whig, the club is stated to have 60 members.