The 2021 Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is coming back to Adams County July 17 and July 18 with clubs from all over North America playing base ball by the rules of 1864. Stay tuned to the website to see what clubs have entered, the schedule, the sponsors, and everything you want to know about the Festival as we get ready to return to the field in 2021!
Unfortunately, the 11th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival scheduled for July 18 and 19, 2020 has been canceled due to concerns of the COVID 19 virus pandemic that is sweeping the world.
“We did not want to put our participants, fans, and volunteers in harms way. With so many unknowns with the virus, we felt it prudent to cancel this year’s event and focus on an even bigger and better one in 2021”, said Bruce Leith the President of the Elkton Base Ball Club and Exhibition Company. The EBBC and E Co along with the Gettysburg Generals Vintage Base Ball Club are the organizers and managers of the event. 28 clubs from all over America were scheduled to converge on Gettysburg in mid July for 56 games of base ball played the same way it was played in 1864 using the same style equipment and uniforms and playing by the same rules and customs of the mid 1860s in Adams County. Next year’s event will be July 16 and 17, 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone then! Until then, be safe and we’ll see you soon!
The 10th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival once again was a huge success with 24 clubs competing in 47 games in 2 days in sweltering heat. Thousands of fans braved the heat and humidity to see the finest 19th century base ball played in America. Clubs came from Maine to Tennessee and Rhode Island to Michigan and every state in between to renew friendships both on the field and off.
After the games were over each day hundreds of players and their families flooded Steinwehr Avenue and the rest of the town of Gettysburg to cool off in the hotel pools, restaurants and tourist attractions.
The results can be found by clicking the “2019 Results” tab at the top. The local club and co-host Gettysburg Generals finished with 2 wins and 2 loses while the host Elkton Eclipse won 3 and dropped 1. The Bear Clan Club of Flat Rock, Michigan went 4-0 as did the Brooklyn Eckfords, and Talbot Fair Plays.
Several video productions were there and plenty of print media as well to document the hot, but very well played matches that took place by the same rules and customs of 1863.
If you missed this year’s event, don’t worry- we’ll be back again the 3rd weekend in July in 2020 for the 11th Annual event with 24 clubs once again. Email us at info@GettysburgBaseBallFestival.com for more information!
We are expecting great crowds and warm weather for the 10th Annual event taking place in just a few short days! If you are coming remember, the event is free to the public. Gettysburg Little League is taking donations in the parking lot for managing the lot for us. If you like what you see, you can always leave what you’d like in our donation boxes scattered throughout the grounds. Bring your blankets, chairs, and shade tents and of course your picnic basket and enjoy what baseball was like before million dollar contracts, televisions…and gloves!
2019 Schedule of Games
Gettysburg, PA– A record 24 clubs from 11 states will converge on Gettysburg July 19-21st to compete in the 10th Annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival. Vintage base ball’s most prestigious is coming back once again where 24 clubs will be competing in 48 matches over 2 days in this mid Summer classic.
Come out and bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and shade tents and watch base ball (2 words) played the same way it was in Central Pennsylvania in 1863. Clubs will be using the same style uniforms and equipment and playing by the same rules and customs of the mid 19th century.
This year’s clubs come from as far away as Tennessee, Maine, and Michigan as well as some clubs who have been to all previous 9 events. This years line up includes some of the finest 19th century base ball clubs in the nation. Make sure you come and see these great clubs. Here is the line up: from Rhode Island, the Providence Grays; the Dirigo BBC of Maine; the Liberty BBC of Connecticut; the Atlantic BBC of Brooklyn and the Eckford BBC of Brooklyn from New York; from New Jersey you can see the Flemington Neshanock and Liberty BBC of New Brunswick; Delaware’s entrant is the Lewes BBC; the Phoenix BBC of East Nashville is representing Tennessee, the Bear Clan of Flint Rock and the Walker Tavern Wheels are coming from Michigan; Ohio’s clubs are the Monarch BBC of Moscow and the Great Black Swamp Frogs of Sylvania; from Maryland the Talbot Fair Plays, the Rising Sun Club, the Chesapeake Nine and the host Eclipse BBC of Elkton; and from Pennsylvania- the co-host Gettysburg Generals, the Keystone BBC of Harrisburg, the Allegheny Iron Sides, the Addison Mountain Stars, the Athletic BBC of Philadelphia, the Brandywine BBC of West Chester and the Mohican BBC of Kennett Square.