First Pitch Event Held

April 27, 2013 Gettysburg, PA- Members of the Eclipse Base Ball Club headed to Gettysburg on Saturday night April 27th to meet the good townspeople of Gettysburg and business owners at Gettysburg Eddies to talk about the upcoming Festival.  Club members in uniform walked up and down the street handing out brochures and coupons about the July event and answering questions.  Before though, players were available for questions and introduced themselves to the media as well as all of those who came out to see what was coming their way in July.  We look forward to a great Festival!

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Schroeder Farm Site of 2013 Event

The Elkton Eclipse and the Schroeder Family are proud to announce that the site of the 2013 Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival will be at the Schroeder Farm on 965 Pumping Station Road just outside of town.  The idealic setting for the festival, the farm will feature 5 fields as well as plenty of parking for anyone who attends.  Known formerly as the Yingling Farm, which has been the site of several re-enactments, it will be a perfect place to hold the 16 club event with no seen modern intrusions.

The fields are located within a mile of the boundaries of the 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park, with Little and Big Round Top, the Eisenhower Farm and Sach’s Covered Bridge viewable from the property. “It’s an absolutely pristine site for the event, with beautiful views and it’s right next to the battlefield,”  said the event organizers.

More information to follow

(Note: Subject to permits from Freedom Twp.)

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Elkton, Mechanicsburg to Play in Gettysburg October 20

The Elkton Eclipse and the Mechanicsburg Nine will be in town in Gettysburg on Saturday, October 20th as part of the Adams County Fall Classic Road Rally 2012.  They will be playing a match just like would have been played in 1864 in Gettysburg using the same style uniforms and equipment and playing by the same rules and customs of the mid 19th century.  The match will take place starting at noon at Straban Township Parks & Recreation Park .  It is located at 100 Smith Road , Gettysburg , PA 17325. 

The Eclipse and Mechancisburg are 2 of the 3 champions crowned at this past season’s Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival which takes place the 3rd weekend in July each year in Gettysburg featuring clubs from all over the country.  If you didn’t get your festival t-shirt in July, there are a few left and the Eclipse will have them there as well as some information about next year’s event.

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Saginaw, Elkton, and Mechanicsburg Finish on Top

Despite the rain on Saturday morning, hundreds of people flocked once again to Gettysburg for the 3rd Annual 19th Century Base Ball Festival and they were not dissapointed.  All 14 clubs put on a great show for the town with two tremendous days of base ball. 

After a little rain, the festival started with Elkton playing Rochester, Flemington vs Springfield and Providence playing Genesee Country Village and the event was on its way!  14 clubs battled through 4 games each throughout the weekend and while it was rainy at times, the cooler weather was much enjoyed by the players in their long wool uniforms.  Fans who came to the festival saw all different styles of play and were treated to an event unseen in Gettysburg before.  Some of the best clubs in the country battled it out.  In the end, three clubs went undefeated and were declared festival champions: the Saginaw Old Golds successfully defended their title from last year and were joined by the host Elkton Eclipse and local favorite the Mechanicsburg Nine.  One of the highlight matches occured at 1pm on Saturday when two of the finest clubs in all the land crossed paths in the Atlantic from Brooklyn and the Saginaw Old Golds.  The defending champs held off the two time defending MAVBBL champs 18-11.

All in all, all of the fans and players in attendance were treated to a wonderful week of 19th century base ball.  A special thanks goes out to General Lee, General Grant and all of the other “distinguished guests” who threw out our first balls and a big thank you goes out to Hickory Hollow Farms, Gettysburg Eddies, and the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Huzzah for a great weekend! (See the 2012 results page for all the scores and standings)

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3rd Annual Festival Only 2 weeks away!

In no time, the 3rd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival is coming to town!  On Friday night, July 20, the clubs will be meeting at the Eclipse Dinning Room at Gettysburg Eddies for a reception.  Come on out from 6pm to 9pm and see most of the players from all 14 clubs that will be there.  All the final arrangements are now being made for the weekend and all 14 clubs are hoping on their stagecoaches, steam boats, and horse and buggies and are headed towards Gettysburg!  Clubs from the largest cities like New York, Indianapolis, Providence to the smallest towns such as Melrose, Royal Oak and Talbot are gearing up for a great weekend of base ball.

Make sure you come out early on Saturday, July 21st as the action starts at 9am and won’t end until somewhere around 7pm that night.  Clubs will be playing on 3 fields continuously throughout the day.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, event tents for shade and a picnic basket or enjoy the concessions that will be there including ice cream and water ice.  Sunday starts even earlier at 8:30am and will go until about 4pm on all 3 fields.

The fields are named after great soldiers from the battle of Gettysburg including Meade’s Meadows, Grant’s Grounds, and Pickett’s Field.  The 3 fields are sponsored by our 3 great partners:  Gettysburg Eddies, Hickory Hollow Farms, and the Gettysburg Visitors and Convention Bureau.  General Lee and General Grant will be throwing first balls and posing for pictures.  Feel free to stop any player between games or even between innings if you have a question.  If you are lucky, you may even hear a rendition of Casey at the Bat!

Admission to the festival is absoletly free.   Parking is being handled by the Gettysburg Little League so a donation to them as you park your car would go a long way to helping them raise funds.  If you really want to get in to the spirit of the day, there will be donation boxes at each field where you can deposit 50 cents for gentlemen and 10 cents for ladies and seniors over 45 which is what the big city first class clubs charged back in the mid 19th century–but totally not neccessary!

So come on out and see what a sporting event was like in Gettysburg in 1864–before million dollar contracts, televisions, steroids…and gloves!  Players will be wearing uniforms and playing with equipment that were styled after the actuals in 1864 and playing by the rules and customs of the day, so come on out and enjoy!

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2012 Festival Set

The 3rd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival’s field is finally set.  14 clubs will compete in the 2 day event starting July 21 and July 22nd.  What has quickly become one of the best events in vintage base ball, the Festival quickly expanded to 14 clubs in just 3 years when it started with just 6 regional teams.  This year’s field includes 2 clubs from New England: the Melrose Pondfelders and Providence Grays; 2 clubs from New York:  the Brooklyn Atlantics and Genessee Valley Club; the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey; 2 clubs from Pennsylvania- the Mechancisburg Nine and Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder; 3 teams from Michigan: the Saginaw Old Golds, the Rochester Grangers and the Wahoo BBC of Royal Oak; 2 teams from Maryland- the host Elkton Eclipse and the Talbot Fair Plays; and the Springfield Long Nine from Illinois and the Indianapolis Blues from Indiana.

Any club that goes undefeated during the weekend will have its name added to the trophy as an undefeated club joining the 2010 Talbot Fair Plays and the 2011 Saginaw Old Golds.  Stay tuned for more information shortly!

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2012 Event Taking Shape

The 3rd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival is gearing up for its return on July 21 and 22, 2012.  The field has been expanded to 12 clubs which is double the original amount in 2010.  So far as of November 9,10 clubs are confirmed including the host Elkton Eclipse.  Other participants include the 2010 champion Talbot Fair Plays from Maryland and the 2011 Champion Saginaw Old Golds from Michigan as well as the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey,  the Mechanicsburg Nine and Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder from Pennsylvania, the Rochester Grangers and Wahoo BBC of Royal Oak from Michigan, the Indianapolis Blues from Indiana, the Melrose Pondfelders from Massachussetts, and the Genesee Valley Club from Mumford, New York. 

Each club will play 2 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.  The primary sponsor is once again Gettysburg Eddies who we are so greatful to yet again.  Watch this site for more updates as well as a completed field and schedule.  If you are interested in participating in the event either as a civic group looking to raise money or a civilian Civil War era organization or even a baseball vendor, we are interested in talking to you.  Please contact us!  Look for more details shortly!

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Saginaw Wins 2011Tournament

The Saginaw Old Golds from Michigan were winners of the Ohio Cup, the Michigan State Championship, the Deerfield “World Series” and several other tournaments.  Now they can add the Gettysburg Tournament to their resume. 

The Old Golds sliced through the competition like a hot knife through warm butter on a beautiful weekend for base ball at Hickory Hollow Farms.  Saginaw downed Merchanicsburg and Mudville in the Lincoln Division to reach the medal round on Sunday.  After disposing of the Mid Atlantic League leading Chesapeake City Cecils, the Old Golds broke through with 10 runs in the 4th inning and went on to rout the host Elkton Eclipse 22-5 to take home the gold ball. 

Elkton got to the championship by defeating the Central City Stars from Colorado and the Cincinnati Buckeyes on Saturday.  Chesapeake City got to the semis by downing Flemington and Huntington on the first day.  Flemington joined the group as the wild card after tie breakers.  Flemington defeated Huntington on the first day.

The tournament was not so much about competition as it was friendship and learning about new clubs from all over the country.  Huzzah to Gettysburg Eddies, Hickory Hollow Farms, and the Gettysburg Convention and Tourism Bureau for their support!

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2011 Tournament Pairings Released

Gettysburg, PA— The Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament has announced the schedule for the 2nd Annual vintage base ball festival which will take place in Gettysburg at Hickory Hollow Farm on July 16 and 17, 2011.  Last year’s inaugural event drew 1,500 spectators as well as President Lincoln, General Grant and General Lee to see six 19th century base ball clubs compete in a two day event.  Last year’s field included clubs from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.  The 2011 edition has gone national with 10 clubs competing from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Colorado.  Last year’s sponsors included Gettysburg Eddies, Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Gettysburg Foundation,, Hickory Hollow Farm, and the Union Drummer Boy.


The 2011 Tournament will be broken down in to three pools on Saturday.  The first division is the Lincoln Pool featuring the Cecil BBC of Chesapeake City, Maryland; the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey; and the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers from Indiana.  The Grant Pool includes the Mechanicsburg Nine from Pennsylvania; the Mudville Nine from Massachusetts, and the Saginaw Old Golds from Michigan.  The Lee Pool features the Eclipse BBC of Elkton from Maryland; the Cincinnati Buckeyes from Ohio; and the Central City Stars from the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association.  On Saturday, each club plays the other 2 clubs in its pool.  The pool winners as well as one wild card will move on to the championship tournament on Sunday.  Two semi final games followed by the championship and 3rd place game will follow. 

Saturday, July 16                              

Chesapeake City vs Flemington

Flemington vs Huntington

Huntington vs Chesapeake City

Mechanicsburg vs Mudville

Mudville vs Saginaw

Saginaw vs Mechanicsburg

Elkton vs Cincinnati

Cincinnati vs Central City

Central City vs Elkton

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2011 Tournament Announced

The 2nd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament will take place July 16 and 17, 2011 once again at Hickory Hollow Farm in Gettysburg, PA. The 2nd edition of the tournament will feature 9 clubs from all over the United States. Defending champion, the Talbot Fair Plays from Easton, Maryland return to defend their crown. The host clubs, the Elkton Eclipse and the Cecil Club of Chesapeake City round out the Maryland contingent. The Flemington Neshanock also return from last year. New clubs coming to Gettysburg in 2011 include the Saginaw Old Golds from Saginaw, Michigan; the Mudville Nine from Holliston, Massachussets; the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers from Huntington, Indiana; the Cincinnati Buckeyes from Ohio; and the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association from Denver, Colorado. In addition, the Mechanicsburg Nine from nearby Mechanicsburg, PA will also be playing with the field on Sunday.  Once again, there are sponsorship opportunities available. Last year, over 1,500 people attended the tournament including President Lincoln, General Grant and General Lee. Media coverage was heavy and included a few television outlets, several newspapers, and many bloggers. If you are interested in next year’s event, please email us at elktonbase_ball(at)
Stay tuned for many more details!

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