1st All Clubs Match to be Held July 15th

Gettysburg, PA– Citizens and tourists who will be in town on Friday night, July 15th will get a special treat.  The first All Clubs Match of the Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival will take place at 7:00pm at the Gettysburg Recreation Field located in town.

Players who will be in town early for the Festival will start the night off as names will be drawn out of a hat to pick sides for the event.  After about 4 innings the public is invited to try their hand at 19th century base ball.  Anyone over 18 is invited on to the field to try and catch without a glove, hit with a wooden bat, and play just like base ball was played in the 1860s.  For those younger fans under 18, don’t worry we have something for you to try as well.  A clinic will be put on before the match starts so that kids can see what its like to catch a ball the way players did in the 19th century as well as how to hit one with a period bat.

The match will be played until it gets dark since there were no lights in 1863, we don’t want to start playing with them now.  Stay tuned for more information!

Logo for 7th Annual Festival Announced

The Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival has unveiled the logo for the 7th Annual Festival to be held July 15-17, 2016.  The logo is once again designed by Ray Shaw who used to head up the Newtown Sandy Hooks from Connecticut.

Previous logos were red white and blue and included flags and baseball players.  This year’s logo is a little different and features Abraham Lincoln’s actual handwriting of the word “Gettysburg”.

The logo will be used on everything from letterhead to t-shirts to posters and advertising.  “We feel that adding the Lincoln font to the logo makes it really special and unique.  Fans and players alike will hopefully want to purchase anything they can get their hands on with this logo” said the Elkton Base Ball Club and Exhibition Company (the organization that puts on the festival every year).


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2016 Participants Set

The Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is pleased to announce the 18 participants that will compete in the 7th Annual event on July 16-17, 2016 in Gettysburg, PA.  The actual schedule will be coming out shortly.  Once again, the festival will be represented from states from all over the country.

From Pennsylvania:  Adison Mountain Stars, Keystone BBC of Harrisburg, the Athletic BBC of Philadelphia and the Mohican BBC of Kennett Square.

From Delaware:  The Lewes Base Ball Club

From New Jersey: Neshanock BBC of Flemington

From New York: The Atlantic BBC of Brooklyn, the Mutual BBC of New York, the Gotham BBC of New York and the Eckford BBC of Brooklyn.

From Rhode Island: The Providence Grays

From Ohio: The Capital BBC of Columbus

From Michigan: Old Gold BBC of Saginaw, the Tavern Wheels of Walker, and the Richmond Bees

From Indiana: Belle River BBC of Rising Sun

From Maryland: Fair Play BBC of Talbot County and the host Eclipse BBC of Elkton.

36 games all played by the rules of 1863 will be played over 2 days at the historic Schroeder Farm at 965 Pumping Station Road just minutes from the Peach Orchard and the Day 2 battlefields.

If you are interested in participating in 2017 please let us know as soon as possible as spots fill up rather quickly.  See you in July!

6th Annual Festival Another Success!

Gettysburg, PA– 18 clubs from all over the country once again converged on Gettysburg for the 6th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival.  The searing heat nor the tremendous thunderstorm that ripped through the grounds just minutes before the scheduled start of the event could not keep the hundreds and hundreds of fans away to see 37 great games of 19th century base ball.

Clubs from Maine, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington DC were there showing the public what a sporting event was like in the 1860s.

There were nail bitters and run away games but just about every club walked away with at least one win.  The Columbus Capitals actually left town with 5 victories and no defeats.  The Providence Grays joined them as the other undefeated club winning all 4 of their contests.  Look under 2015 results for all of the scores from the weekend.

A big thank you goes out to our partners and the great people and businesses of Gettysburg who helped us bring this free event to the people of Adams County and its visitors.  A big thank you goes to:  Gettysburg Eddies, Destination Gettysburg, Steinwehr BID, Gettysburg Ghost Tours, the Malagees, Regimental Quartermaster, MedExpress, Ruffensperger, Marin & Finkenbind, Karen and Chris Talbot, Kristi’s Kustom Framing, Dina High & Robert Savino, Prowler Bat Company, Strawbridge Sewing Works, Donna & Al Walker, Shrine Club of Adams County, Jack Bream, O’Rorke’s Family Eatery, Hockley & O’ Donnell Insurance Agency, and so many others.

6th Annual Festival Only Days Away!

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!!!