15 April 2016
As avid Cranks are aware, the BAVBB added two new teams in 2016: the San Jose Dukes and the San Francisco Sea Lions, bringing the total number of Bay Area Vintage Base Ball teams to ten. Huzzah and welcome, Ballists! In order to facilitate local rivalries and reduce travel, the league created two divisions of five teams:
San Francisco Barbary Coast
San Francisco Pacifics
San Francisco Pelicans
San Franciso Sea Lions
San Jose Dukes
During the course of the season each team will play home and away within its division, and once against each team in the rival division. The champion will be decided when the NW winner meets the SE winner at Dublin Sports Ground, field 3, at noon on Sunday, August 14th.
In addition to the BAVBB championship trophy, teams will compete in a single elimination Cup tournament for the Golden Gate Cup. All teams will compete, and the first round will be played in Dublin before and after the Championship game: 9 vs 8 at 10am and 10 vs 7 at 3pm. There will be barbeque, festivities, and best of all, Base Ball all day long!
The second round of the Golden Gate Cup will be held at Big Rec the following weekend, Sunday August 21st. The remaining eight teams will play four games and the Cranks at Golden Gate Park will be treated to a full day of vintage Base Ball, food, and music.
The Oakland Colonels were the winners of the Golden Gate Cup last year
The final weekend of the season will be a two-day affair; the Golden Gate Cup Semifinal round will be held onSaturday, August 27th, with the remaining four teams competing for spots in the final to be held the following day, Sunday, August 28th, at Big Rec Park, at noon. The Cup final will be followed by the All-Star game at 3pm.
Cranks and Ballists, mark your calendars- August will be a magical month for Base Ball in the Bay Area!
Your Faithful Reporter,