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6th Annual Festival Another Success!

Gettysburg, PA– 18 clubs from all over the country once again converged on Gettysburg for the 6th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival.  The searing heat nor the tremendous thunderstorm that ripped through the grounds just minutes before the scheduled start of the event could not keep the hundreds and hundreds of fans away to see 37 great games of 19th century base ball.

Clubs from Maine, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington DC were there showing the public what a sporting event was like in the 1860s.

There were nail bitters and run away games but just about every club walked away with at least one win.  The Columbus Capitals actually left town with 5 victories and no defeats.  The Providence Grays joined them as the other undefeated club winning all 4 of their contests.  Look under 2015 results for all of the scores from the weekend.

A big thank you goes out to our partners and the great people and businesses of Gettysburg who helped us bring this free event to the people of Adams County and its visitors.  A big thank you goes to:  Gettysburg Eddies, Destination Gettysburg, Steinwehr BID, Gettysburg Ghost Tours, the Malagees, Regimental Quartermaster, MedExpress, Ruffensperger, Marin & Finkenbind, Karen and Chris Talbot, Kristi’s Kustom Framing, Dina High & Robert Savino, Prowler Bat Company, Strawbridge Sewing Works, Donna & Al Walker, Shrine Club of Adams County, Jack Bream, O’Rorke’s Family Eatery, Hockley & O’ Donnell Insurance Agency, and so many others.

6th Annual Festival Only Days Away!

The 18 clubs from all over the country are loading up their wagons and heading to the train stations as they prepare to arrive in Gettysburg later this week.  You don’t want to miss any of the action this weekend as there will be 38 games over 2 days.  You can see what base ball looked like at its infancy in a town ball game between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Elkton Eclipse at 1pm Saturday or you can see what base ball would have looked like around the time of the Civil War any time during the event as a lot of games will be from the years 1863 and 1864.

The first games on Saturday start at 9am and will go until about 5pm and Sunday starts at 8:30 and lasts until around 3pm.  Clubs from as far away as Tennessee and Maine and as close as Harrisburg and West Chester will be there.

Don’t miss lectures from 10-2 on Saturday as you can hear about different aspects of the 19th century game and great stories from some of the finest 19th century base ball historians in the country.  Also don’t miss the 2nd Annual Base Ball Walk sponsored by Steinwehr BID at 8pm on Saturday night as well.

A big thanks to our sponsors including:  Gettysburg Eddies, Destination Gettysburg, Steinwehr BID, Gettysburg Ghost Tours, Regimental Quartermaster, MedExpress, O’Roarke’s Family Eatery, Hockley & O’Donnell Insurance Agency, the History Nerds, Krisi’s Kustom Framing, David and Sherri Malagee, Raffensburger, Martin and Finkenbind, Prowler Bats, Strawbridge Sewing Works, 19thCBaseBall.com, and many others.

We’ll see you Saturday- Remember- bring your chairs, blankets, shade tents and your own picnic basket or purchase concessions from our vendors.  The event is free thanks to the generosity of the good merchants and citizens of Gettysburg who have partnered with us.  Parking is free but donations are accepted by the Gettysburg Little League.  Play Ball!!!

2015 Schedule Announced

Gettysburg, PA— The Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival officially released the 2015 schedule of matches for the July Festival.  38 games are scheduled to be played over the 2 days in the middle of July.  While most games will be played by the rules of 1864, several others will be played from all different years of the 19th century from primitive town ball of the 1830s all the way up to the almost modern game of 1884.

“We are really excited to announce this year’s schedule.  Clubs have been waiting for months for this day and we hope they are all happy with the draw” said Bruce Leith, President of the Elkton Base Ball Club and Exhibition Company, the non profit 501c3 corporation that manages and operates the Festival.  “We are really looking forward to putting on another great event for the town of Gettysburg, its citizens, visitors, and merchants.”  Stay tuned to this site for all kinds of new things coming to the Festival.  For the full schedule, go to “2015 Schedule” at the tab on top of the website.

See you in July!

Festival Update – February 2015

We’re gearing up for the 6th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival.  We have announced the 18 club field and once again it will be a great weekend of old time, family fun base ball the way it was played before million dollar contracts, televisions…and gloves!

The final selection of clubs is as follows:  The host Elkton Eclipse, the Harrisburg Keystones, the Flemington Neshanock, the Talbot Fair Plays, the Delaware Diamond States, the Philadelphia Athletics, the Southern Delaware BBC, the Capital Star BBC of Washington, the Brandywine BBC of West Chester, the New York Gothams, the Columbus Capitals, the New York Mutuals, the Brooklyn Atlantics, the Providence Grays, the Dirigo BBC of Maine,the Brooklyn Eckfords, the Spring Creek Nine of Mumford, New York and last but certainly not least, the Hog and Hominy Club of Tennessee.

You won’t want to miss a game as you can see how base ball progressed from a basic bat and ball game of town ball in the 1840s all the way up to the almost modern game of 1884 and many years in between.  Just announced, on Saturday there will be talks on all types of things about 19th century base ball.  A new topic on the hour from 10am until 2pm on Saturday the 18th.  Also on Saturday night will be our 2nd annual Base Ball Walk down Steinwehr Avenue.  Walk along with the group and hear about all things base ball with some great antidotes along the way.

More activities and events will be added as we get closer.  Stay tuned to this webpage for more details as we get closer.  The schedule should be released in the next couple of weeks so you will know when you favorite club is playing.

Scores for 2014 Event Posted

The official scores for each game from the 2014 Festival are now in the books.  Look at the page on the website entitled 2014 for results (or click here). Some great action took place over the weekend with some of the finest clubs ever put together in one place.  Great vintage clubs like the Brooklyn Atlantics, New York Mutuals, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Providence Grays, Saginaw Old Golds, Talbot Fair Plays and Elkton Eclipse were all in one place along with some fantastic other clubs as well.

In the end, only one club made it out undefeated and that was the New York Gothams going 4-0.  The Brooklyn Atlantics ended up 4-1 while the Eckfords, Elkton, Talbot, Southern Delaware, and Forest City each ended the weekend 3-1.  While everyone played to win, the main focus on the weekend was to play some great 19th century vintage base ball from all different years against opponents you have never seen or haven’t seen in a long while while renewing friendships forged over the many years of playing 19th century base ball.

Hats off to every club who came to town.  It was a gathering that will not be soon forgotten by the fans who came to the Festival or the clubs who played in it!

Hurrah!