THE ANNAPOLIS CUP CROQUET MATCH
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The Annapolis Cup Croquet Match Tickets
Date: April 18, 2020
Location: St. John's College
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Participants: St. John's Johnnies and the Naval Academy Midshipmen
The Annapolis Cup Croquet Match TicketsThe Annapolis Cup Croquet Match is a yearly meeting between the croquet teams from St. John's College and the US Naval Academy. According to legend, the rivalry dates back to a 1982 conversation between a commandant from the Naval Academy and a freshman from St. John's named Kevin Heyburn. Allegedly, the Naval commandant told Heyburn that the Midshipmen could beat the Johnnies at any sport, to which Heyburn replied, "What about croquet?" The legend goes on that the match was later pitched to a group of Navy Midshipmen in an effort to improve the relationship between the two schools. The contest has now taken place 37 times, with St. John's College winning 30 of those meetings. The two teams play for the Annapolis Cup, the trophy that is awarded to the winning squad each season. Over the course of nearly four decades, the trophy has been kept everywhere from a storage closet to the front window of 49 West in Annapolis. You can get your tickets today to see the 2020 Annapolis Cup croquet match at StubHub.
Are there any traditions associated with the Annapolis Cup croquet match?The Annapolis Cup Trophy isn't the only tradition associated with the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match. A few weeks before the game both teams play against the Ginger Cove Croquet Team from the Ginger Cove retirement community in preparation for their yearly contest. The day before the match, St. John's College representatives have lunch with the Navy Midshipmen at the Academy Mess Hall. During the luncheon, the Imperial Wicket from St. John's formally issues the challenge to the Naval Academy. The match always opens with the St. John's Freshman Chorus singing while the Naval Academy Trident Brass Band performs. At the conclusion of the music, the light-hearted ceremony continues as the St. John's Johnnies emerge to delight the crowd with their whimsical uniforms and the first ball is struck at 1:00 pm the day of the game.
Who won the 2019 Annapolis Cup Croquet Match?The St. John's College Johnnies are the defending champions of the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match. Not only did St. John's win the most recent match between the two schools, but they have actually won each of the last five croquet matches. The most consecutive victories in the series is also held by the Johnnies, who won nine consecutive Annapolis Cup trophies between 1992 and 1999.
Where will the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match be played?As always, the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match will be held in Annapolis, Md., on the front lawn of St. John's College. On the day of the match, the lawn is transformed into an atmosphere of festivity when thousands of people pour to the site to enjoy a day of picnics, swing dancing and eccentric costumes.
Who are some notable players that have played in the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match?The 2019 playing of the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match saw St. John's Johnnies, Val Pehrson and Mitchell Harris clinch the third victory in a row in the third match of the day. Other notable players included Jared Bassmann, Tom Balding and Sean Miller. Some of those participants went on to play in the Under-21 Croquet Championship in London.
Where can I buy tickets for the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match?You can grab your tickets to see the Annapolis Cup Croquet Match between St. John's College and the Naval Academy at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub. StubHub provides a secure checkout process designed to protect your privacy and other bonus features such as 360-degree seating previews and electronic ticket delivery options.
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