A September to Remember

The Ohio Cup

Members of the Cyclone BBC joined with some St. Louis Perfectos for the annual Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival in Columbus on Labor Day Weekend to play as the St. Louis Maroons. The original St. Louis Maroons played in the Union Association in 1884, posting a record of 94-19, including a 20-0 start to the season, a record start in professional sports until 2015, when the Golden State Warriors of the NBA began their season with 24 straight wins. The team later moved to the National League and relocated to Indianapolis in 1886, where it played as the Hoosiers and folded after the 1889 season.

The 2017 Maroons consisted of Cyclone players Mark “Wheels” Olmsted, Ryan “Big Red” Neil, Randy “Smokestack” Jurczyk, Tim “Boot Heel” Boyer, Chris “Bookworm” Duggan, and Dave “Tintype” Moore. Perfectos on the squad included Mark “King” Kennedy, Ed “Cyclone” Pfeiffer, and Tony “Danger” Pellegrino, along with guest player Justin “the Freshest Man Alive” Rohour from Cincinnati. The Maroons won their first contest on a rainy Saturday against the Whiskey Island Shamrocks and tied a game against the Douglas Dutchers but lost the other four games on the weekend. It was, none the less, a fun time that we enjoy every year.

The Douglass Cup

The Cyclone returned to action on Sept. 16 in a trip to Decatur, Ill., for the Douglass Cup and a warm day of base ball. The Cyclone faced off against the host Rock Springs Ground Squirrels in game one and promptly scored eight runs in the first inning. Lead-off man and team captain Chris “Bookworm” Duggan committed the unlikely act of making the first and second outs of the inning. Aces were tallied by everybody else in the lineup: Mark “Wheels” Olmsted, Wil “The Hoosier” Grundon, Ryan “Big Red” Neil (two runs), Randy “Smokestack” Jurczyk, Jeff “Professor” Smith, Tom “Shakespeare” Duggan, Katie “Dubs” Williams, and a rotating cast of fill-ins from the Vermillion Voles in the ninth spot, who scored two runs. A seven-run inning late by the Squirrels made it interesting, but in the end, the Cyclone prevailed 10-7.

In the second game, the Cyclone played a tight contest through four innings with the Voles of Danville, Ill., hanging onto a 2-0 lead on aces tallied by Wheels and the Hoosier and finally breaking through for three aces in the fifth tallied by Craig “Esquire” Sondgeroth, “Wheels”, and “Hoosier.” They managed to hang on in the end by a score of 5-3.

In the final game, the Cyclone played the legendary Deep River Grinders from Hobart, Ind., and jumped out to an early lead once again with six runs in the first tallied by Big Red, Shakespeare, Slappy (filling in from the Ground Squirrels), Esquire, Wheels, and Bookworm. They added three more in the second by Shakespeare, Slappy, and Wheels and another three in the third by Big Red, Professor, and Shakespeare. They would go on to win by a score of 11-3.

The Squirrels, as always, were splendid hosts.

Art in the Park

The Cyclone closed out the month on Sunday, Sept. 24, hosting a round robin with the Springfield Long Nine and Belleville Stags at Francis Park for the annual Art in the Park festivities–an unseasonably warm day with the temperature hovering in the low 90s.

In the opening game, the Cyclone entertained the Long Nine and pushing across two aces in the opening frame by Ross “Atlas” Gallantine and Wheels but couldn’t hang onto that lead, eventually falling behind 5-2. Robb “No Doubt” Thomas crossed the plate in the sixth to trim the lead to 5-3, and Bookworm and Shakespeare both scored in the top of the seventh to tie the game. The Long Nine, however, managed the winning ace in the bottom half of the frame, narrowly beating out what would have been an inning-ending double play in the process.

In the third game of the day, after a contest between the Long Nine and Stags, in which the Long Nine were again victorious, the Cyclone and Stags took the field. The Cyclone played one of its best defensive games of the season, scoring bit by bit throughout the game: one ace in the first by Atlas; two in the second by Jim “Tree Knocker” Keane and No Doubt, who each scored again in the fourth; and four runs in the sixth by Atlas, the Hoosier, Joe “Tavern Keeper” Pecaut, and No Doubt. The inning also featured an unusual series of plays in which Bookworm ran more than 360 feet on the base paths without ever crossing third base. The defense managed to hold the Stags to a single ace for a final score of 9-1. At the end of the day, all involved were pleased to bid the heat farewell and hope for cooler weather next year.

The Cyclone will finish its regular season with a pair of games with the Vermillion Voles, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in its home field at Lafayette Park. The high temperature is forecast at 75 degrees.


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The Dog Days

In any base ball season, the long hot middle section can be trying. For the Cyclone BBC, that portion of the season typically commences after the annual Sheppard Barclay Festival. The Cyclone took to the road on July 8 for a pair of games against the always-tough Old Capitals.

True to their reputation as a line drive-hitting club adept at taking extra bases, the Old Capitols cruised to two lopsided victories, 15-1 and 11-2. In game 1, the Cyclone’s only ace was scored by lead-off man Robb “No Doubt” Thomas, batted in by team ABI leader Wil “The Hoosier” Grundon. Chris “Bookworm” Duggan was thrown out trying to score on the same play, ending the rally and the scoring for game one. Game two was only slightly better with a pair of aces recorded by Jeff “The Professor” Smith and Joe “Tavern Keeper” Pecaut in the seventh inning, batted in by Tom “Shakespeare” Duggan and No Doubt.

The Cyclone BBC took its second longest road trip of the year north to Danville, Ill., fleeing 100-plus-degree heat back in St. Louis (though it was not much cooler there). They started with a game with the Lemont Quarrymen, but unfortunately, they had a difficult time locating the offense, falling 11-1. The lone ace belonged to Shakespeare, driven in by Jack “Crackin'” Burkman, who joined the team from the Brown Stockings to help out. The second game, versus the host Vermillion Voles, was also a loss by a score of 7-2. Crackin’ drove in Craig “Esquire” Sondgeroth for the first ace, and Shakespeare scored the second, driven in by Ryan “Big Red” Neil.

The team closed out July with three games at the St. Louis Cup in Forest Park on July 29. With beautiful weather on tap, the Cyclone started with the always-tough Shoal Creek Farmers, rapping out 10 aces to the Farmers’ 5. Ross “Atlas” Gallentine and Mark “Wheels” Olmsted scored two aces each, with additional aces scored by Dave “Shutterbug” Moore, Hoosier, Bookworm, Shakespeare, and former squad member Dathan “Cannibal” Tinney, who was visiting for the weekend. Big Red led the team with three ABI; Atlas and Tavern Keeper had two each. Wheels, Shakespeare, and Katie “Dubs” Williams drove in the remainder.

Game two of the cup turned into a back-and-forth affair with the Voles in which the Cyclone scored three aces in each of the first two innings (by Big Red, Tavern Keeper, Shakespeare, Atlas, Wheels, and Hoosier) only to see the Voles chip away and eventually take a one-ace lead. In the top of the final frame, Tavern Keeper drove in Bookworm and Big Red to re-take the lead. With the tying ace on base in the bottom of the frame, the game ended with a double play; the final score was 8-7.

In the final game of the day, the Cyclone took on the Dupage Plowboys, which they would lose by a score of 4-1. Cannibal scored the lone ace, driven in by Atlas. With all said and done, it was a great festival and a wonderful time. Hats off to the Brown Stockings for continuing to build this great event.

The Cyclone rolled into August with a double header at Millennium Park in St. Louis County with the host St. Louis Brown Stockings. In game one, No Doubt and Atlas led off the game with a pair of aces. Matt “Leatherneck” Garvey, in his return to the team, scored another in the third, and No Doubt and Tavern Keeper finished the Cyclone scoring in the fifth. The Brown Stockings displayed their trademark powerful offense, however, with 16 aces to take the game. Big Red, drove in two of the Cyclone aces with Atlas, Leatherneck, and Tim “Boot Heel” Boyer driving in the other three. In game two, the Cyclone located its offense, taking the game 13-12 in its final at-bat. Leatherneck and Atlas had three aces each while No Doubt scored two. Individual aces were scored by Big Red, Boot Heel, Bookworm, Tree Knocker, and Dubs, who scored the winning ace off the bat of No Doubt. In addition to that game-winner, Leatherneck and Bookworm had three ABI each, professor and Atlas each had two, and individual aces were batted in by Big Red, and Shakespeare.

The Cyclone closed out August with a home doubleheader with the Belleville Stags on Aug. 26. The Stags helped save the day by bringing bases and a home plate to compensate for a malfunctioning lock that denied the Cyclone access to its on-field equipment. The Cyclone rapped out eight aces in the first game and played nearly flawless defense behind Tavern Keeper’s hurling to hold the Stags to a single ace. No Cyclone scored more than one ace with Dave “Tintype” Moore, Atlas, Hoosier, Tavern Keeper, No Doubt, Bookworm, Leatherneck, and Shakespeare accounted for the scoring. No Doubt, Leatherneck, and Shakespeare had two ABI each, while Hoosier and Randy “Smokestack” Jurczyk drove in one each. In the second game, the Cyclone again managed eight aces, allowing two with solid defense once again. Atlas scored twice with individual aces by Tintype, Wheels, Hoosier, Tavern Keeper, No Doubt, and Bookworm, the final four of which crossed as insurance in the team’s last half inning. The Hoosier drove in three aces; the remainder were driven in by Tavern Keeper, Bookworm, Leatherneck, Shakespeare, and Dubs.

The team finishes the month with a season record of 11 wins and 11 losses. Next up is the annual Ohio Cup in Columbus on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2 and 3), in which seven members of the Cyclone BBC will join with the Perfectos to make up a combined team.

Thank you for reading. The team scribe will attempt to submit more frequent dispatches in the remainder of the season. Here’s wishing everyone a pleasant finale to the summer.

Published in: on August 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Cyclone of June–A Summary

After the May 7 event in Sauget, Ill., the team had another rain-out, a May 20 double header with the Clarkes in Murphysboro, but managed to get in three events in June, including the GSLBBHS’ two-day Shepard Barclay Festival on June 3 and 4.

Barclay Festival–June 3 and 4, Lafayette Park

Named for one of the pioneers of base ball in St. Louis, the annual Shepard Barclay Festival is traditionally held on the first weekend in June, corresponding with the Lafayette Square House Tour and several other special events in the neighborhood. This year’s event included the hosts (Cyclone BBC and St. Louis Perfectos), as well as the Murphysboro Clarkes, Alton Giant BBC, Indianapolis Hoosiers, and Belleville Stags. Typical of this spring, rain threatened on the second day, but it stayed away and two full days of base ball were enjoyed by the assembled throng.

The Cyclone BBC drew the Clarkes for its first game on Saturday and scored three aces, tallied by Mark “Wheels” Olmsted, Ross “Atlas” Gallantine, and Joe “Tavern Keeper” Pecaut. The aces were driven in by Atlas, Karl “Moonshine” Krekeler, and Wheels. The tightly played game ended in a 4-3 loss to the Clarkes, The following game with an injury-depleted Alton Giant squad and a collection of fill-ins from the Indianapolis Hoosiers, the Perfectos, and the St. Louis Unions, was a 3-1 loss with the lone Cyclone ace tallied by Aaron “Old Fashioned” Beard and driven in by Tavern Keeper.

The Cyclone played the first game of the Sunday, June 4, schedule with the Hoosiers and managed 12 aces, which was good for a 12-5 victory. Atlas and Robb “No Doubt” Thomas scored three aces each. Chris “Bookworm” Duggan tallied two aces, and Wil “The Hoosier” Grundon, Tavern Keeper, Ryan “Big Red” Neil, and Moonshine each tallied one ace.

The last game of the festival featured the Cyclone and the Belleville Stags with both teams treating the cranks to a well played match. Hoosier and Tavern Keeper scored the first Cyclone aces in the second, driven in by Tavern Keeper and Big Red. Brandi “Mesquite” Childress led off the third with a hit and was driven in by Jeff “Professor” Smith on a sacrifice. The Cyclone managed three more aces in the fourth by Wheels, Atlas, and No Doubt, who drove in one of the aces. The other two were driven in by The Hoosier, and the Cyclone defense made them stand up for a 6-2 victory.

Rent One Ballpark with the Clarkes–June 11

The Cyclone BBC accepted an invitation from their friends, the Murphysboro Clarkes, to play a one-hour game preceding a minor league contest at Rent One Ballpark in Marion, Ill., between the home team Southern Illinois Miners and the Joliet Slammers. The Cyclone got off to a rough start on the roadways before the game, as the accident-induced closure of Interstate 57 kept Wheels and Hoosier from the contest. The Cyclone then found themselves in an early four-ace deficit but chipped away with two aces by Bookworm and Craig “Esquire” Sondgeroth in the second, both driven in by Tom “Shakespeare” Duggan. They added two more aces to tie it in the fourth, by Atlas and Sondgeroth, driven in by Bookworm and Shakespeare, and scored three times in the top of the final frame on aces by Dave “Shutterbug” Moore, No Doubt, and Atlas, who drove in one of them. The other two were driven in by Tim “Boot Heel” Boyer, and the Cyclone took a three-ace lead. Sadly, it was not to be, as the Clarkes scored four aces with time running out to take the game–the Cyclone’s third close loss to the Clarkes in as many games.

Grierson Vintage Base Ball Festival–Jacksonville, Ill., June 17 

The Cyclone BBC traveled to Jacksonville for a three-team event with the host Springfield Long Nine and the Alton Giant BBC. The Cyclone began their day with a game against the Giant, scoring eight aces in the first four frames, only to see the Giant pull to within two aces with an offensive surge in the fourth. The Cyclone responded with an eight-ace fifth inning and finished with a total of 22 tallies, which proved adequate for the victory. Atlas and Randy “Smokestack” Jurczyk led the offensive charge with four aces tallied. Bookworm, Hoosier, and Professor had three aces each. Big Red tallied two aces, and individual tallies were recorded by Boot Heel, Sumner “The Moose” Hunnewell (who emerged from retirement for these matches), and Katie “Dubs” Williams. Atlas and Hoosier drove in five aces each with Smokestack driving in four, Boot Heel driving in three, Moose driving in two, and Bookworm, Big Red, Professor, and Dubs driving in one each.

The second game with the host Long Nine was regarded afterward by many players from both sides among the best they had been involved in with timely hitting and solid defense all around. Professor led off the first with a hit and later crossed the plate on a base hit by Atlas, which would be the Cyclone’s only scoring until the fifth, prior to which the Long Nine had pushed across a few aces of their own to take the lead. Hoosier scored a second Cyclone ace in the fifth, driven in on a bounder by Professor, and the team broke through to take a one-ace lead in the top of the seventh and final frame on three aces by Professor, Boot Heel, and Moose, driven in by Bookworm, Atlas, and Professor. The Long Nine, however, would not be denied, starting the bottom of the frame with two hits and scoring the tying ace on the subsequent at-bat. With a runner on third, a sharp liner would drive in the winning tally.

The next Cyclone games are on the road July 8 at the Lincoln Heritage Festival in Vandalia, Ill., though some team members will combine with members of the Perfectos to play a game with the Unions at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 21, at South St. Louis’ Francis Park. At the conclusion of June, the team finds itself with six victories, five losses, and six games rained out. Of the five losses. three were by one run and the other two were by two runs. The Cyclone will reflect on this as they hope for dry weather on game days from here on out.

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Blue Skies at Last

Since the beginning of the 2017 season, the Cyclone BBC had more game rained out than it played, thanks to an uncommonly wet spring. Things began to look up with the day of vintage base ball on May 7 arranged by the St. Louis Unions at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., the home of the Gateway Grizzlies–blue skies and pleasantly cool temperatures were the order of the day.

The Cyclone BBC played the first two games of the day against the St. Louis Unions and the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels. A roster of 14 players in the first game and 12 in the second managed to tally 11 aces in each match, which proved sufficient for a victory in both, thanks to strong defensive play all around.

In the first game, hurled by Joe “Tavern Keeper” Pecaut, aces were tallied by Robb “No Doubt” Thomas, Ross “Atlas” Gallantine, Craig “Esquire” Sondgeroth, Tom “Shakespeare” Duggan, Mark “Wheels” Olmsted, Ryan “Big Red” Neil, Karl “Moonshine” Krekeler, and Chris “Bookworm” Duggan. The game marked the return to the team of Olmsted, who had been gone for two years due to a relocation to Colorado. Wil “The Hoosier” Grundon and Larry “Iron Horse” Stone each batted in three aces.

The second game saw aces by No Doubt, Atlas, Grundon, Wheels, Iron Horse, Big Red, Tim “Boot Heel” Boyer, and Chris Duggan, who was also the hurler. The aces batted in were spread throughout the team, with two by Thomas, who continued his hot hitting with at team-high batting average of .917 and eight aces tallied after four games.

The Cyclone BBC’s next matches will be a double header with the Murphysboro Clarkes, starting at 11 a.m. on May 20 at the Clarkes’ home field in Murphysboro, Ill.

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2017 Home Opener a Success

The Lafayette Square Cyclone Base Ball Club home opener on Saturday, April 8, was blessed by great weather, a recently mowed field, and good times all around. The Cyclone welcomed their old friends, the Murphysboro Clarkes, and their new friends, the Alton Giant, who played their inaugural season last year.

The first match was a tightly contested back-and-forth affair ultimately decided by an 8-6 score in favor of the Clarkes. It also featured the debut games for a number of new Cyclone players: Aaron “Old Fashioned” Beard, Larry “Iron Horse” Stone, Ryan “Big Red” Neil, and Brandi “Mesquite” Childress.

After a second match between the Clarkes and Giant, in which the Clarkes came out on top again, the Cyclone took the field with the Giant. After going down 1-2-3 in the first inning, the Cyclone located their bats, scoring 14 times in the second and third innings, which held up for the first Cyclone victory of the season.

Hats off to the Clarkes and Giant. Huzzah!

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Cyclone BBC win!!! Once.

The Cyclones love playing at Lafayette Square.  In front of a rather large crowd for 95 degrees and 85% or so humidity the Cyclone BBC hosted the Clarkes.  Both games were marked with great defense all around and tallies were at a premium all day.  The Cyclone club managed a 6-3 win over the visitors in the first match.  The low score in the first match was just a picture of what was to come.  In the second match of the day, “Newt” of the Clarkes managed to 4 hit the Cyclones over the 7 inning affair.  Three of those came in the 3rd where the Cyclones scored their lone run.  Chuckwagon also hurled a great game, with only three Clarkes tallying aces also in the 3rd.  Much of the rest of the game was short innings, which was somewhat welcome considering the rising temperatures.

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Three clubs meet at Jefferson Barracks

The St. Louis Unions hosted the Cyclone 9 and the Indiana Hoosier 9 in a three team round robin on Jun 25th.  The Cyclones found there bats and were able to reach base 20 times through 9 innings, but only 5 crossed the plate giving the Hoosiers a 20-5 victory in the first match.   The Unions then took their turn and beat the Cyclone 10-1, with Shutterbug scoring the lone tally.

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Barclay Festival a success!!!

Over the weekend of June 4th and 5th, the Cyclone BBC participated in the Barclay Festival at beautiful Lafayette Square Park.  Good times were had by all over the course a wonderful weekend.  The Cyclone club did not manage a win all weekend as they struggled to find their bats in the first two matches of the festival.  The Minnesota club defeated the home team 10-4 in the first match of the day, mostly in the 5th frame where the visitors managed 6 aces.  In the second match of the day, the St. Louis Perfectos handily beat the Cyclone Club 11-1.  Bookworm was the lone Cyclone to make the rounds and tally an ace.

On Sunday, striking was marginally better, but the Cyclones fell twice more.  Opening the day, the Murphysboro Clarkes beat the hosts 13-8.  The Perfectos again put an a striking demonstration in the afternoon match, winning 12-6 in the final match of the weekend.

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Barclay Festival Schedule

June 4th and 5th is our annual Barclay Festival hosted at Lafayette Square Park and Emmenegger Park.  The full schedule is below.

Saturday @ Lafayette Park:
11:00 Perfectos vs Minnesota
12:30 Minnesota vs Cyclones
2:00 Perfectos vs Cyclones
3:30 Perf/Cyc vs Minnesota (if Minnesota wants another game)

Saturday @ Kirkwood (Emmenegger):
11:00 Brown Stockings vs Unions
12:15 Unions vs. Clarkes
1:30 Brown Stockings vs Clarkes

Sunday @ Lafayette Park
11:00 Perfectos vs Clarkes
12:30 Cyclones vs Clarkes
2:00 Perfectos vs Cyclones

Sunday @ Kirkwood (Emmenegger):
10:00 Brown Stockings vs Minnesota
11:15 Unions vs Minnesota
12:30 Brown Stockings vs Unions

Come on out and catch one of the games!!!

Published in: on June 3, 2011 at 6:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Results from last two weeks

21 – May 2011 – The Cyclone BBC finely beat the weather on May 21st and was able to play against the St. Louis Brown Stockings.  Unfortunately, they were beat by the Brown Stockings instead.  The rust from a long winter was evident as the Stockings put up 8 aces in the top of the first frame.  The Cyclone club answered with just a single run in the bottom of the frame.  From then on the Cyclone club played them square but ended up losing 14-6.  In the second match of the double header, things didn’t get much better.  The bats went cold on a scorching 90 degree day as the Cyclone team managed just 13 base runners during the 12-3 loss.


28 – May 2011 – The Cyclone BBC had their home opener today against the St. Louis Unions.  Things started much better for the home today as they tallied an ace in the top of the first with their lead-off man making the rounds as the Cyclone club stuck.  The Union club earned back single run by single run throughout the rest of the day and by the time the 7th inning came round, the Cyclone BBC was down 4-1.  They managed two more aces in the top of the frame but left the tying run on the second sack and the go ahead run on first.  The second match of the day turned into a defensive struggle.  After 3 innings, the game was tied 1-1, after 5, same score.  The teams decided to play a full 9 in hopes of generating some offense.  In happened in the 6th innings when the home team batted all 10 men and tallied an additional 4 aces.  The Unions tallied two more runs through the 7th and 8th, but fell short, losing in the end 6-3.  The teams mingled afterwards and enjoyed some good company after two hard fought games.

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