LITTLE FALLS ALERTS IN NEED OF PLAYERS
The Little Falls Alerts, a vintage base ball team, is looking for players to continue building on the success of the past two years.
In both 2021 and 2022, the Alerts played vintage base ball games against teams from outside the area. Little Falls naïve Andy Krutz has been the organizing force behind the Alerts, a number of his former Little Falls Mountie teammates play for the team.
There are two games scheduled so far for 2023.
The Alerts will play the Delhi Pole Cats in Meredith, NY on Saturday, June 10th, and in Little Falls during Canal Days Celebration on Saturday, August 12th. Skill level is of no concern, enthusiasm is the only prerequisite. Both males and females are encouraged to play.
If you are interested in playing for the Alerts, please contact Andrew Krutz at 315-867-9078 or email@example.com.
Little Falls Historical Society excerpts from A FAN’S NOTES ON THE RETURN OF VINTAGE BASE BALL TO LITTLE FALLS by Jeffrey Gressler
Early era Little Falls base ball teams included the Rough and Readys and the Pastimes in the 1860’s, the Excelsiors in the 1870’s and the Rocktons and the Alerts in the 1880’s – 90’s. The Alerts took the field in the north end of Ward Square in the 1880’s-90’s for most of their games. Games were heavily attended…
Vintage base ball both resembles and differs from our modern national pastime. The players do not wear ball gloves, hit balls caught on the first bounce are still outs; the difference in rules is too complex to be fully captured in this piece. Vintage base ball equipment, including bats, balls and catcher’s gear is also quite different.
The Little Falls Historical Society has provided financial sponsorship for the Alerts, including the purchase of four high-quality bats hand-turned to perfection by local craftsman Ian Giudilli who labeled each bat “made in Little Falls” and “Rough and Ready.”
…Little Falls vintage base ball is back and being roundly embraced by a talented group of local athletes eager to call themselves Alerts. The Little Falls Historical Society and the Little Falls Family and Youth Center have partnered to back the Alerts and the City is eager to provide the ballfields for games.