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!
Gettysburg, PA- The Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival announces its field for the 5th Annual event which will take place July 19-20 at the Schroeder Family Farm in Gettysburg in 2014. Once again 11 clubs from the region and 7 national clubs from all over the country will converge on Gettysburg in July to show the public what a 19th century base ball event looked like in Adams County.
“We are really excited to announce this year’s field. It once again has some of the most storied 19th century base ball clubs in America competing over 2 days.” said Bruce Leith, President of the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton who is the organizer of the event. Something new added this year includes games not just from 1864 but from many years from 1839 to 1891. Fans will get to see the progression of the game from its earliest start to almost what it looks like today.
The clubs competing this year include: the Providence Grays from Rhode Island; the New York Gothams, the New York Mutuals The Brooklyn Eckfords and the Brooklyn Atlantics from New York; the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey; the Philadelphia Athletics, Harrisburg Keystones, and Pittsburgh Franklins from Pennsylvania; the Talbot Fair Plays and Elkton Eclipse from Maryland; the Lewes Base Ball Club and the Milford Excelsiors from Delaware; the Forest City Base Ball Club of Cleveland, The Columbus Capitals and the Cincinnati Red Stockings from Ohio; the Saginaw Old Golds and the Mt Clemens Regulars from Michigan.
If clubs are interested in competing in the event in 2015, the organizers are already taking spots for the 6th edition. So far the Northville Eclipse from Michigan and Fulton Mules from Ohio are already on board. Clubs will play 4 games over 2 days chiefly against clubs they have either never seen or have not played for some time.
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.