Festival Update – February 2015

We’re gearing up for the 6th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival.  We have announced the 18 club field and once again it will be a great weekend of old time, family fun base ball the way it was played before million dollar contracts, televisions…and gloves!

The final selection of clubs is as follows:  The host Elkton Eclipse, the Harrisburg Keystones, the Flemington Neshanock, the Talbot Fair Plays, the Delaware Diamond States, the Philadelphia Athletics, the Southern Delaware BBC, the Capital Star BBC of Washington, the Brandywine BBC of West Chester, the New York Gothams, the Columbus Capitals, the New York Mutuals, the Brooklyn Atlantics, the Providence Grays, the Dirigo BBC of Maine,the Brooklyn Eckfords, the Spring Creek Nine of Mumford, New York and last but certainly not least, the Hog and Hominy Club of Tennessee.

You won’t want to miss a game as you can see how base ball progressed from a basic bat and ball game of town ball in the 1840s all the way up to the almost modern game of 1884 and many years in between.  Just announced, on Saturday there will be talks on all types of things about 19th century base ball.  A new topic on the hour from 10am until 2pm on Saturday the 18th.  Also on Saturday night will be our 2nd annual Base Ball Walk down Steinwehr Avenue.  Walk along with the group and hear about all things base ball with some great antidotes along the way.

More activities and events will be added as we get closer.  Stay tuned to this webpage for more details as we get closer.  The schedule should be released in the next couple of weeks so you will know when you favorite club is playing.

Scores for 2014 Event Posted

The official scores for each game from the 2014 Festival are now in the books.  Look at the page on the website entitled 2014 for results (or click here). Some great action took place over the weekend with some of the finest clubs ever put together in one place.  Great vintage clubs like the Brooklyn Atlantics, New York Mutuals, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Providence Grays, Saginaw Old Golds, Talbot Fair Plays and Elkton Eclipse were all in one place along with some fantastic other clubs as well.

In the end, only one club made it out undefeated and that was the New York Gothams going 4-0.  The Brooklyn Atlantics ended up 4-1 while the Eckfords, Elkton, Talbot, Southern Delaware, and Forest City each ended the weekend 3-1.  While everyone played to win, the main focus on the weekend was to play some great 19th century vintage base ball from all different years against opponents you have never seen or haven’t seen in a long while while renewing friendships forged over the many years of playing 19th century base ball.

Hats off to every club who came to town.  It was a gathering that will not be soon forgotten by the fans who came to the Festival or the clubs who played in it!


Thanks for a Great Event!

The 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is now in the books and thanks to all the clubs and the record number of fans, the Festival was a huge success!

We’ll be posting the results shortly and you will want to come back to this site to see more about a photo contest for those who took pictures of the event as well as an opportunity to purchase official festival t shirts for those who wanted one but didn’t get there in time!  We hope you had a great time and we’ll see you the third weekend in July next year!

For clubs who want to participate in 2015 its never too soon to throw your hat in the ring.  We are taking inquiries now for clubs who are interested in the 6th Annual Event!

Stay Tuned!

Special Games Highlight Festival

The 5th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is only days away now and the players and clubs are starting to make their way to town via steamboat, stagecoach, horse back and train.  This year’s Festival will be a special one.  In years past, the event has shown all games played the same way it was played in 1864 in Gettysburg.  This year, we will be showing the public all styles of play in base ball’s formative years from primitive town ball (with a 1839 origination) all the way up to the almost modern game of 1884.  In between, fans will see games from 1855, 1857, 1862, 1864, 1866, 1867, 1869, 1870, 1873, 1876 and 1884.

Fans who come out at 12pm on Sunday will get a special treat to see a re-match of the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Mutuals from 1876.  Both clubs were original members of the National League but were kicked out for not traveling west (to read the real story purchase a program at the Festival!).  Fans will get to see how base ball was played when the National League (the league the current Phillies and Pirates play in) started.  Continue reading

Base Ball Walk To Take Place July 19th!

Gettysburg, PABase Ball WalkThe Steinwehr Avenue Business Improvement
District in combination with the Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival are proud to announce a new event coming to Gettysburg for one night only.  At
8:00pm on Saturday night, July 19th visitors to Gettysburg can try something different.  Instead of the typical night time tours and ghost walks of Gettysburg, there will be a 19th Century Base Ball walk.  Participants will learn all about America’s Pastime when it was in its infancy and how it grew in to America’s favorite sport.

Guides dressed in base ball uniforms modeled after the clothes worn in the 19th century will take walkers of all ages to 3 different locations on Steinwehr Avenue.  Continue reading