By Mike May

Founder and Commish Marty Ross throw the first pitch of the second game. Photo by Harry Klaff.

The 2022-23 stickball season in Wellington is now underway.  On Tuesday, December 6, the Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League conducted its two Opening Day games at Village Park off Pierson Road in Wellington. 

This is the 21st year of play for the Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League.  In attendance to throw out the first pitch of the new season was Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig.

Mayor Anne Gerwig stops by for an egg cream and to throw out the first pitch of the season. Photo by Harry Klaff.

There are four teams in the league this year.  They are the Brooklyn Bums, Bronx Clippers, Atlantic Whalers, and the Hoboken Zephyrs.  In addition to the 10-game regular season, the league will conduct its annual hall of fame induction ceremony on February 7.  The Old Timers Ceremony and Exhibition Game will be held on February 14.  The league’s playoff games will be played on March 21, with the league championship game scheduled for March 28.  The annual end-of-season All-Star Game will conclude the season on April 11.

In the two Opening Day game, the Brooklyn Bums defeated the Bronx Clippers, 8-2.  Brooklyn was led by Sean Siegrist who hit the first home run of the season and had six great catches on defense.  Teammate Mike Lipsky went 3-for-4, all doubles.  In the other game, the Atlantic Whalers outscored the Hoboken Zephrs, 10-2.  In this game, the Whalers slugged 12 doubles. 

Photo by Mike May

The league will have games on December 13 and December 20.  After the holiday break, regular season games will resume on Tuesday, January 10 and continue every Tuesday, with the exception of February 21, until Tuesday, March 14.  All games are held at Village Park in Wellington.  Most regular season games are held at 1:00 pm and 2:45 pm, with the exception of February 7 and 14.  Those games are scheduled for 12:00 pm and 2:15 pm.

For more information about the Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League, contact Harry Klaff at: hsklaff@gmail.com or see the video about their stickball league.