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Thanks for a Great Event!

The 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is now in the books and thanks to all the clubs and the record number of fans, the Festival was a huge success!

We’ll be posting the results shortly and you will want to come back to this site to see more about a photo contest for those who took pictures of the event as well as an opportunity to purchase official festival t shirts for those who wanted one but didn’t get there in time!  We hope you had a great time and we’ll see you the third weekend in July next year!

For clubs who want to participate in 2015 its never too soon to throw your hat in the ring.  We are taking inquiries now for clubs who are interested in the 6th Annual Event!

Stay Tuned!

Special Games Highlight Festival

The 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is only days away now and the players and clubs are starting to make their way to town via steamboat, stagecoach, horse back and train.  This year’s Festival will be a special one.  In years past, the event has shown all games played the same way it was played in 1864 in Gettysburg.  This year, we will be showing the public all styles of play in base ball’s formative years from primitive town ball (with a 1839 origination) all the way up to the almost modern game of 1884.  In between, fans will see games from 1855, 1857, 1862, 1864, 1866, 1867, 1869, 1870, 1873, 1876 and 1884.

Fans who come out at 12pm on Sunday will get a special treat to see a re-match of the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Mutuals from 1876.  Both clubs were original members of the National League but were kicked out for not traveling west (to read the real story purchase a program at the Festival!).  Fans will get to see how base ball was played when the National League (the league the current Phillies and Pirates play in) started.  Continue reading

Base Ball Walk To Take Place July 19th!

Gettysburg, PABase Ball WalkThe Steinwehr Avenue Business Improvement
District in combination with the Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival are proud to announce a new event coming to Gettysburg for one night only.  At
8:00pm on Saturday night, July 19th visitors to Gettysburg can try something different.  Instead of the typical night time tours and ghost walks of Gettysburg, there will be a 19th Century Base Ball walk.  Participants will learn all about America’s Pastime when it was in its infancy and how it grew in to America’s favorite sport.

Guides dressed in base ball uniforms modeled after the clothes worn in the 19th century will take walkers of all ages to 3 different locations on Steinwehr Avenue.  Continue reading

Sponsors Lining Up for Festival!

As we approach the 5th edition of the Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival, the organizers are more grateful every day for the great support the community has put behind the event.  It is truly an event for tourism that shows the visitors (and citizens of Adams County) what a sporting event was like in Gettysburg in the 19th century and that more happened in town than just a battle.

The Festival started as an idea between the Elkton Eclipse and Destination Gettysburg with just a small 6 team tournament and has grown to a large 2 day 18 club festival featuring clubs from all over the country.  These clubs are staying in local hotels, eating at restaurants in town, shopping in the stores and looking for entertainment while in town.  The community has responded great to help us put the event on.

Shortly after the concept took shape in 2009, Gettysburg Eddies got on board and it quickly became the headquarters for the event.  They even have their upstairs dinning room permanently named the Eclipse Room.  If you get a chance, stop in and see all the pictures and memorabilia from past events!  Soon we had other partners on board such as Hickory Hollow Farm where you can get a unique tour of the battlefields by horse back.  When you come back from the Festival itself, make sure you unwind at Reid’s Tasting Room at the Jennie House before you head back out for your evening activities which may include a walk with Gettysburg Ghost ToursIf its sweets you are after, head down the road a piece to Mr. Ed’s to see his world famous elephant collection while picking up some peanuts, fudge or other candy.   When you get back, make sure you take a leisurely stroll down Steinwehr Avenue to see all the great shops and restaurants that the town has to offer.  If you want to pick up some memorabilia or maybe a replica uniform, head over to Baltimore Street to the Regimental Quartermaster for some great period pieces.   If you are staying the night make sure you check in to the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, or the Quality Inn, Lodges at Gettysburg or the Gettysburg Super 8 or America’s Best Value Inn.

Whatever your passion or desire is when you get to Gettysburg for base ball weekend, you won’t be able to turn the corner without seeing one of our sponsors.  Its not too late to be a parter with the Festival.  We’ll tailor your sponsorship to fit your needs so we’re all winners!  Like Wellspan Health,  who is a great community asset, we hope to be around as long as they have been and be an asset to the community as well!

5th Annual Festival Almost Here

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!