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Board Members

Paul Hunkele

Committee Chairman
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Paul Hunkele of Sterling Heights, Michigan, founded the Upton Base Ball Club of Sterling as an 1860 club in 2002.

  • Moved the club to Mount Clemens, Michigan and changed the name and uniform after learning of the existence of the Regular Base Ball Club of Mount Clemens in 1867 from Peter Morris’ 2003 book; Baseball Fever.
  • Member of the VBBA Rules & Customs Committee since 2000.
  • Member of the SABR 19th Century Committee.
  • Contributor to A Game of Inches and The Dickson Baseball Dictionary.
  • Retired in 2011.


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