Eric Miklich

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Last Name Miklich
Email ddejm@msn.com
Location Islip, NY
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The Rules of the Game (2002, Self-published)

1857 -- Nine Innings, Nine Players, Ninety Feet and Other Changes: The Recodification of Baseball Rules in 1857.  Base Ball. 5(1):   118 - 121. 

Forfeits and Successfully Protested Games in Major League Baseball (2014, McFarland & Co.)  http://www.amazon.com/Forfeits-Successfully-Protested-League-Baseball/dp/0786494239/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414880149&sr=8-1&keywords=miklich 

Contributing Author; Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900; Vol I & II (2011, McFarland & Co.) http://www.amazon.com/Major-League-Baseball-Profiles-1871-1900/dp/080323533X/ref=sr_1_32?ie=UTF8&qid=1414880257&sr=8-32&keywords=david+Nemec 

Contributed an article for the SABR Publication, Inventing Baseball; The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century. (2013, SABR) http://www.amazon.com/Inventing-Baseball-Greatest-Century-Digital/dp/1933599421/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414880304&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=inventing+base+ball

 

 

Presenting (Hall of Fame only)

October 2004 – Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – Part of a live two hour presentation on 19th century base ball held exclusively for San Diego High School teachers.

April 2005 - Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – Presented the history of the 19th century pitcher, 1860-1887, with Ozzie Smith for two live internet broadcasts, reaching an estimated 17.5 million grade school students.  Produced by Ball State

October 2007 - Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – 19th Century Base Ball Conference; Presenter,  The Evolution of the Batter’s Position During the 19th Century.

April 2012 - Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum –Frederick Ivor- Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference; Moderator for the panel discussion, “The Ten Best Rule Changes of the 19th Century.”

April 2013 - Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum –Frederick Ivor- Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference; Panelist for the topic, “Evolution of the Pitching / Catching Battery.”

April 2015 - Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum –Frederick Ivor- Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference; Presenter, “Better than Creighton.”] 

 

Playing (modern 19th century base ball)

 

Atlantic of Brooklyn BBC; 1999

Mutual Club of New York; 2000-2009 (Founding Member)

Dark Blue of Hartford BBC; 2004-2010

Liberty BBC (CT); 2010– Present (Founding Member)

Eckford of Brooklyn BBC; 2011-Present (Founding Member); Pitcher, Shortstop, Catcher (Team Historian, Scheduler)

Playing Member, Old Bethpage Village Restoration; 1998-Present

19th Century Base Ball Coordinator, Old Bethpage Village Restoration; 2000-2009

Played in over 800 19th century matches

Pitching record; 325-25-1 (through the 2015 season) 

 

Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA) 

Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA) Trustee; 2005-2006

VBBA Historian and Executive Board Member; 2009-2013

VBBA Secretary and Executive Board Member; 2014

VBBA Historian and Executive Board Member; 2015-2017

 

Other

 

Founder & Owner; 19C Base Ball Inc.

Founder & Owner; Striker to the Line Productions.

From 2006 through 2008, hired as a Historical Consultant / Advisor to Da-Cor Pictures for the independent film titled, “The Silent Natural Dummy Hoy” (2007).  In October of 2008, the baseball scenes were re-shot in Evansville, Indiana.  Hired to ensure authenticity by providing training in the styles of 19th century base ball to the actors and assist in directing these scenes. During the two day re-shoot, responsible for all of the pitching during the filming and doubled for the lead actor in some scenes.

 

New York Islanders (NHL) – 1987-1990; Stick boy.

Louisville Icehawks (ECHL) – 1990-1992; Equipment Manager and Trainer

Houston Oilers (NFL) – 1990, 1991; Equipment Assistant (Pre and Post Training Camp)

New York Islanders (NHL) – 1996-2000; Assistant Equipment Manager and Practice Goalie

Team USA (Ice Hockey) – 1996 Equipment Manager World Championships, Turku and Helsinki; Finland

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Eric is working on a book on the World Baseball Tour of 1874.

Eric Miklich contributed an essay to the Special Protoball Issue of Base Ball this spring:

"1857 -- Nine Innings, Nine Players, Ninety Feet and Other Changes: The Recodification of Baseball Rules in 1857."  Base Ball. 5(1):   118 - 121.

Eric joined the Vintage Base Ball Association’s Rules and Interpretations Committee in summer 2008.  He remains active in Bethpage NY’s 19th Century Base Ball Program, the oldest in the US.  Eric’s fine website, http://www.19cbaseball.com/, has several items pertinent to the origins of base ball, including a detailed listing of rule changes starting in 1854, the early evolution of ballplaying equipment, and treatment of the baseball’s predecessor games.

Eric, author of a compendium of 19th Century rule changes, is currently researching information on the history of pitching deliveries for an article for his website, www.19cbaseball.com.  Eric is hoping to release a new book on base ball in the 1860’s by next summer.  This book, written in part with the perspective of someone with extensive VBB experience, will offer suggestions of why certain rules evolved as they did.

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