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)