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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 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!

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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!

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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 show 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 primative 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.  Another great story line is the re-matches of games between the famous Cincinnati Red Stockings and others.  In 1870, the Red Stockings were in the middle of a 70 game win streak when they defeated the Mutuals, Athletics, and New York Gothams.  It all came crashing down for them in 1870 when they ran up against the Brooklyn Atlantics.  See a rematch of this game at 3pm on Saturday. 

Another highlight will be a townball demonstration and game by the Philadelphia Athletics vs the Columbus Capitals at 1:45 on Sunday.  Fans will get to see what the very first base ball game looked like.  Festival goers will also not want to miss a progressive match between the Providence Grays and the Elkton Eclipse on Saturday at 11am.  In this game, the match will start in 1854 followed by 2 innings of 1864 then 2 of 1874 and 3 of 1884 so fans in one game will see the entire progression of base ball from its infancy to its almost modern form.  Its a game you won’t want to miss!

 

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Base Ball Walk To Take Place July 19th!

Gettysburg, PA– The 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.  At the first location at one of Gettysburg’s newest businesses, A Lil Something, (5 Steinwehr Avenue).  Participants will gather here to hear about the evolution of uniforms and the equipment.  They will see different styles of uniforms as well as different bats, balls and even primative gloves and catchers equipment.  They will learn how players went from no gloves at all to the modern one that players use today.  They will also see the heavy wool uniforms and caps and they evolved in to today’s designs.

As walkers move to the next location at Ragged Edge Coffee (82 Steinwehr Aveneu) they will hear andedotes about base ball and its characters as well as great stories about the game.  Fans can ask questions as well throughout the performace.  At Ragged Edge Coffee they will hear about the evolution of the game and how the rules progressed in to the game fans see today.  Finally, a walk over to the Reliance Mine at the Quality Inn on Steiwehr will complete their journey with a talk about the great players and teams of the 19th century.  After the walk, participants should get a really good idea of what it was like to play in the 19th century and to see the big difference is between then and today.

The event is completely free and compatable for the entire family.  Registration ahead of time is encouraged but not neccessary.  You can register at baseball@enjoygettysburg.com.  You can also email for any questions you may have ahead of time.  The next day, all participants are encouraged to go out and see day two of the 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival which starts at 8:30 and goes until about 3:00.  The address is 965 Pumping Station Road just a couple of minutes from the center of town.

 

 

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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 truely 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 memorabilla 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 activitites which may include a walk with Gettysburg Ghost Tours.  If 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 leisurly 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 memorabilla 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, Lodge at Gettysburg or the Gettysburg Super 8 or America’s Best Value Inn.

Whatever your pasion 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!

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