Alexander Joy Cartwright IV Forms Pacific Northwest Vintage Baseball League

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An initial meeting for interested parties will be held at The Milton Tavern, 301 Porter Way, Milton Washington on March 9th at 7:00 PM. Contact number for The Milton Tavern is (206) 922-3340.

Vintage Baseball is strong everywhere in the country except in the Pacific Northwest. The time for Vintage Baseball has arrived in the northwest with such a rich history of baseball here. Alexander Cartwright will promote the new league to townships, city councils, homeowner associations, and other organizations. The region for the new vintage league will extend from Seattle, Washington to Eugene, Oregon. Cartwright expects to start 4 teams in 2006 and include teams from Portland, OR and Ft Vancouver, Washington in the league.

BACKGROUND:

Pacific Northwest Vintage Base Ball League

Mission Statement

The mission and purpose of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Base Ball League is to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in the nineteenth century. This worthy objective shall be accomplished by the following activities and endeavors:

  • In cooperation with the Vintage Base Ball Association and as its member, the PNWVBL will assist in building and promoting teams represented by the townships in the Pacific Northwest. Back in the late 1800’s ball clubs were formed by the townships themselves to play and compete with neighboring towns. This tradition shall be rekindled.
  • The PNWVBL founder is Alexander Joy Cartwright IV, Great Great Grandson of Cooperstown’s “Father of Baseball” Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. Alex will approach the City Councils of the various townships in the Puget Sound to establish teams.
  • Presenting the game of base ball as it was actually played in accordance with the rules, equipment, uniforms, field specifications, customs, practices, language, and behavioral norms of the period.
  • Supporting the formation and strengthening of vintage base ball clubs by sharing vintage base ball information, setting standards of historical accuracy and participation, and providing a means to recognize and communicate with other vintage base ball clubs.
  • Encourage research and disseminating information in order to recreate the game in keeping with the highest levels of accuracy and authenticity.
  • Educating the public regarding the character, history, and growth of the game with attention to the historical context in which it originated and developed and the historical significance of the townships themselves as Base Ball was played back in the 1800’s...
  • In order to achieve its goals and sustain the traditions and values which it seeks to honor and emulate, the League and all of its members will conduct all matches, meetings, and other activities--both on and off the field--according to the highest standards of sportsmanship, gentlemanly behavior, courtesy, and respect for others which characterized the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, established, September 23, 1845.

Organization

The member Ball Clubs shall be open to male residents residing in their respective towns between the ages of 18 and 70. Each town may develop two teams each being a member of the league.

Note: Once the League has been established with a minimum of 4 teams the PNWVBL will begin development of the Women’s League. Popularity for this must be born first before expansion can take place.

The League Office and its members are members of the Vintage Base Ball Association and as a result will compete for National Tournaments to be played in the Pacific Northwest. A board will be established with each team holding a seat on the board. The boards duties outlined separately will basically deal with Rules issues and Tournament creation and setup.

The League Office will have as its first commissioner, Alexander Joy Cartwright IV. After the League is built, the office of Commissioner will be voted on by the League Board and hold a term of 4 years.

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