Gettysburg, PA- The 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is almost 1 month away and all 18 clubs are anxiously making their arrangements to be in town for the weekend of July 18-20. Action starts on Saturday July 19th at 9:00am at the Schroeder Family Farm on 965 Pumping Station Road just 2 minutes from the Peach Orchard and the day 2 battlefields. Clubs will be showing the public how base ball was played in the 1800’s from town ball which was popular in the 1830s all the way up to the almost modern game of 1884.
The weekend is kicked off at Gettysburg Eddies on Friday night July 18th. Come to the restaurant between 6pm and 9pm and meet many of the participants who will be onsite. Have dinner in the Eclipse Dining Room upstairs and see all the photographs and memorabilla of past Festivals. Over the course of the weekend, you will see the reconstituted clubs from some of the most famous organizations in 19th century base ball including the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the Brooklyn Atlantics, the New York Mutuals, the Forest City Base Ball Club from Cleveland,l the Providence Grays and the Philadelphia Athletic to name just a few. See a rematch of an original National League game from 1876 featuring the two clubs kicked out of the NL for not traveling west- the Philadelphia Athletics vs the New York Mutuals. See the Mutuals and the Atlantics rematch the Cincinnati Red Stockings who were undefeated in 1870. Can they do it again in 2014? See a townball game performed by the Athletics. Don’t miss a progressive game between the Elkton Eclipse and the Providence Grays highlighting a different year each inning. There will be so many great games you will want to stay all weekend! If you do, Saturday kicks off at 9:00am and will go to about 6:00pm and Sunday starts at 8:30 and finishes by about 3:00. See our website for the full schedule.
If you are coming there will be concessions on site as well as a stand from Mr. Ed’s featuring peanuts, lemonade and sno cones. 19th century vendors will be there selling vintage base balls, bats, caps, books, t-shirts, pins, programs, and more. The festival is free, but you can give donations for parking to Gettysburg Little League as well as to the Festival itself for coming in if you like what you see! Bring you chairs, blankets, shade tents, and picnic baskets (please leave your alcohol and pets at home). You won’t want to miss this family oriented festival which shows the public what a sporting event was like in Gettysburg before million dollar contracts, cars, …and gloves! Don’t miss it!