April 21, 2005

Bronco Baseball To Turn Back The Clock

April 21, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif - Santa Clara University baseball will turn back the clock at its May 1st Community Day celebration with a special appearance by the South County Jaspers and the San Jose Dukes of the Bay Area Vintage Base Ball League at the new Stephen Schott Stadium on the Mission Campus.

The two teams, which are equipped with 1880s uniforms and equipment, will be in attendance prior to and during the game and will be available for autographs and pictures. Following the Broncos' 1 p.m. game against Gonzaga, the two teams will play a two-inning exhibition game.

Tickets to the game are available by clicking here or by calling 408/554-4660. Scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch against West Coast Conference rival Gonzaga, the event will serve as the final game of a three-game series against the Bulldogs. Santa Clara Mayor Patricia M. Mahan will throw out the honorary first pitch. Presented by the City of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau, Santa Clara residents will be able to purchase tickets for half price off an adult admission with a valid proof of residency, including a driver's license or utility bill.

Local companies and organizations can also become involved in this event. Click here to download a form to register your organization. Contact Daniel Galvin, Santa Clara Athletics' manager of marketing & promotions, for more information at dgalvin@scu.edu or 408-554-4066.

"This appearance by the two local Vintage Base Ball teams will certainly be a unique experience for our fans, coaches and players," said SCU Associate Director of Athletics Richard Kilwien. "We are entering a new history in Bronco baseball with the opening of Stephen Schott Stadium. What better way to do that than to take a real step back in time and see how they played the game in the 1880s. We are all looking forward to a fun day of baseball."

Bay Area Vintage Base Ball is dedicated to preserving the style of play that was in affect between 1880-1890. BAVBB uses 10-member teams to play 8-to-10 games each season in a fun, relaxed atmosphere where true grit is displayed and sportsmanship is the holy grail. Each team is outfitted in reproduction uniforms from the 1880's, and the equipment consists of reproduction balls, gloves, bases etc that are made to look, feel, and perform as they did when the game was still home-grown. For more information about the Bay Area Vintage Base Ball league, contact Steve Gazay at 408.378.1872, or visit the Web site at www.eteamz.com/BAVBB. For more information about the Vintage Base Ball Association visit the website at www.vbba.org.