The North Baltimore Cyclones, Wood County's newest Vintage Base Ball team debuted over the weekend with an 8-7 loss to the Carey Cayugas. The game was played in Carey, Ohio. The Cyclones led 7-4 after seven innings before Carey scored three in the eighth and one in the ninth for the victory.
Dominic "Ice Wagon" Weidner had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Cyclones and Justin Garza also had three hits.
Starting pitcher and manager Craig "Coldwater Jim" Lammers allowed one earned run in four innings of work and reliever Walter "Big Train" Johnson gave up two earned runs in his four innings of work. Lammers also had the first hit in team history.
The Cyclones will strive for entertainment and historical accuracy. They are available to play at local fairs and festivals. Manager Lammers is a member of the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR), and has had three articles published on Wood County baseball history.
The Cyclones are named after a professional team that operated in North Baltimore in 1897.
Former major leaguer Bert Inks and future major leaguers Topsy Hatsel, Jack Harper and Bert Blue played for the original Cyclones. Hartsel was a key member of Connie Mack's American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics in 1905 and 1910.
Vintage Base Ball is baseball played by the rules of the 19th century, usually the 1860's. Gloves are not used to play the game.