The 18 clubs from all over the country are loading up their wagons and heading to the train stations as they prepare to arrive in Gettysburg later this week. You don’t want to miss any of the action this weekend as there will be 38 games over 2 days. You can see what base ball looked like at its infancy in a town ball game between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Elkton Eclipse at 1pm Saturday or you can see what base ball would have looked like around the time of the Civil War any time during the event as a lot of games will be from the years 1863 and 1864.
The first games on Saturday start at 9am and will go until about 5pm and Sunday starts at 8:30 and lasts until around 3pm. Clubs from as far away as Tennessee and Maine and as close as Harrisburg and West Chester will be there.
Don’t miss lectures from 10-2 on Saturday as you can hear about different aspects of the 19th century game and great stories from some of the finest 19th century base ball historians in the country. Also don’t miss the 2nd Annual Base Ball Walk sponsored by Steinwehr BID at 8pm on Saturday night as well.
A big thanks to our sponsors including: Gettysburg Eddies, Destination Gettysburg, Steinwehr BID, Gettysburg Ghost Tours, Regimental Quartermaster, MedExpress, O’Roarke’s Family Eatery, Hockley & O’Donnell Insurance Agency, the History Nerds, Krisi’s Kustom Framing, David and Sherri Malagee, Raffensburger, Martin and Finkenbind, Prowler Bats, Strawbridge Sewing Works, 19thCBaseBall.com, and many others.
We’ll see you Saturday- Remember- bring your chairs, blankets, shade tents and your own picnic basket or purchase concessions from our vendors. The event is free thanks to the generosity of the good merchants and citizens of Gettysburg who have partnered with us. Parking is free but donations are accepted by the Gettysburg Little League. Play Ball!!!