Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Grays Return To Providence, September 29

The Providence Grays Vintage Base Ball Club is proud to return to Providence to play their first game within the city limits in several years, facing off against the Elizabeth Athletic Club at on Saturday, September 29 at 1:00 PM, at Joseph Williams Field (map below).

We will play two games, one with the rules and equipment of 1884, the year the original Grays won their second National League pennant and the first World's Championship of base ball, and the second corresponding to 1891, a key year for the original Elizabeth Athletic Club.

The EAC is a regular opponent of the Grays. They maintain a high level of historical accuracy and usually provide a tight contest. Hope to see you there.

Also, a trailer for Wooden Bats and Dusty Hands: The Grays, a documentary shot several years ago about the club, is now available on YouTube, if you want a little preliminary feel for the action.

Joseph Williams Field is located on the map below. The Elmwood neighborhood provides an excellent setting for vintage base ball. Joseph Williams Field lies across Adelaide Avenue from Roger Williams Park, a restored Victorian pleasure park, with period houses lining the adjoining streets. Babe Ruth played for the International League Grays at Melrose Park, formerly located a half-mile north of Joseph Williams. Another half-mile north of there, in 1875 the Adelaide Avenue Grounds hosted two games on the schedule of the National Association, considered the first major league.

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Savor the Flavor said...

Do you know where Melrose Park was located? I would assume that it was somewhere along Melrose Avenue, but I have seen nothing that indicates just where it was.


Tom Hoffman said...

There is a plaque right here:,-71.419341&hl=en&ll=41.791817,-71.41934&spn=0.009967,0.012435&sll=41.79465,-71.42061&sspn=0.009966,0.012435&t=h&z=17