Black Stockings History
The Akron Black Stockings
Base Ball Club was organized in 1995 to keep the history of the
sport alive and to promote good sportsmanship. Mark Heppner, the
Curator of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens who was instrumental in
organizing the Club in 1995 marvels, "I simply saw a need to
remind people of what was important about the game of
baseball--fun, entertainment, and gentlemanly competition. The
success of the Akron Black Stockings has truly surpassed any
dream that I had!"
|The four main goals of the club
The team is supported by members of the
community and based at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Home games
are played on the front lawn of this historic Tudor Revival
mansion. Thirteen costumed players, a mascot (bat boy), a
tallykeeper (scorekeeper), and an umpire call this makeshift,
all-grass diamond home field!
According to tradition, the gear used is
minimal--no gloves (players catch balls with their bare hands),
a slightly larger and softer ball than the type used today, and
a thin bat.
The look and attire
of the Akron Black
Stockings Base Ball Club was originally based on the
1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, who are
pictured at the right.
In 1996, the Black Stockings joined the
Vintage Base Ball Association. Nearly 20 of the national
organization’s member clubs are from Ohio. The Association
provides both a forum to discuss the accuracy of historical
representation and a place for teams to meet and swap stories
and recount big games.
The Akron Black Stockings' Team Song:
"A Little Ditty From the Boys"
We are a band of base ball players
The best that's ever been seen.
We come from the City of Akron
With these words we sincerely mean.
Whether strongly striking the ball
Or making a valiant play or two.
You will be proud of us we promise
As we take the field with you.
The boys in black stockings, huzzah!
For our City's name and the "Glory of the Game"
The Akron Black Stockings' Club motto:
"Playing the game of base ball as it
was meant to be played."