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Matthew “Black Bart” Bartnicki

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State Where You Reside:   Pennsylvania


Number of Years on the Board and Role(s):   

  • 2015 – elected VBBA Trustee

Base Ball Experience:

I have played 19th century base ball since 2012 for the Diamond State BBC of Wilmington DE.  I’m in my 2nd year as field captain and club VP.  I quickly fell in love with the game after my first match.  Left Field is my main position on the green pastures.  I’ve also played a match or two for the following clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Atlas BBC of Delaware City DE, Brandywine BBC of West Chester PA, Mohican BBC of Kennett Square PA, Keystone Nine of Harrisburg PA, Athletic BBC of Philadelphia PA, Lewes BBC of Lewes DE, Excelsior BBC of Milford DE, Mutual BBC of New York, Eckford BBC of Brooklyn.

I also helped start up the Brandywines and Mohicans a few years back.  My goal is to spread the game into Lancaster PA, Reading PA, York PA and Allentown PA by 2016


I live in West Chester PA.  I’m 27  years old.  When I’m not rooting for my favorite vintage base ball clubs I’m rooting for my Philadelphia sports teams. Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Flyers.  I’m currently working in security and umpiring baseball in south eastern PA. 


If you are interested in supporting the VBBA by serving on one of the committees below, please contact the committee chair listed below.

Rules and Customs Committee

The VBBA Rules and Custom Committee shall conduct appropriate historical research into the way the game was played in the mid-nineteenth century and other historical eras and shall share its findings with the Association and member clubs in order to establish and improve historical authenticity. The scope of the committee shall include customs, uniforms, equipment, and conventions as well as the dissemination of and interpretation of rules. Feel free to email the committee with your questions and concerns at

Marketing Committee

Helen DeGeatano

Organizational Structure

Jim Kimnach

East Coast Regional Liaison

John Shanahan

West Coast Regional Liaison

Aaron Staab

Membership Committee

Corky Gaskell

Nominating Committee

Gary Schiappacasse, Doug Ernst, and VBBA Member in Good Standing to be named by the President

Judiciary Committee

John Shanahan, Corky Gaskell, Helen DeGeatano

Communications Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Doug Ernst (Newsletter Editor), Dylan Schuster (Webmaster), Doug Ernst, Corky Gaskell, Erik Sjogren (Technology Consultant)

Sideline Interpreter Committee

Gib Young, Doug Ernst

Convention Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Corky Gaskell, Dennis Wiegmann