Schroeder Farm Site of 2013 Event

The Elkton Eclipse and the Schroeder Family are proud to announce that the site of the 2013 Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival will be at the Schroeder Farm on 965 Pumping Station Road just outside of town.  The idealic setting for the festival, the farm will feature 5 fields as well as plenty of parking for anyone who attends.  Known formerly as the Yingling Farm, which has been the site of several re-enactments, it will be a perfect place to hold the 16 club event with no seen modern intrusions.

The fields are located within a mile of the boundaries of the 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park, with Little and Big Round Top, the Eisenhower Farm and Sach’s Covered Bridge viewable from the property. “It’s an absolutely pristine site for the event, with beautiful views and it’s right next to the battlefield,”  said the event organizers.

More information to follow

(Note: Subject to permits from Freedom Twp.)

Elkton, Mechanicsburg to Play in Gettysburg October 20

The Elkton Eclipse and the Mechanicsburg Nine will be in town in Gettysburg on Saturday, October 20th as part of the Adams County Fall Classic Road Rally 2012.  They will be playing a match just like would have been played in 1864 in Gettysburg using the same style uniforms and equipment and playing by the same rules and customs of the mid 19th century.  The match will take place starting at noon at Straban Township Parks & Recreation Park .  It is located at 100 Smith Road , Gettysburg , PA 17325. 

The Eclipse and Mechancisburg are 2 of the 3 champions crowned at this past season’s Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival which takes place the 3rd weekend in July each year in Gettysburg featuring clubs from all over the country.  If you didn’t get your festival t-shirt in July, there are a few left and the Eclipse will have them there as well as some information about next year’s event.

Saginaw, Elkton, and Mechanicsburg Finish on Top

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)

3rd Annual Festival Only 2 weeks away!

In no time, the 3rd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival is coming to town!  On Friday night, July 20, the clubs will be meeting at the Eclipse Dinning Room at Gettysburg Eddies for a reception.  Come on out from 6pm to 9pm and see most of the players from all 14 clubs that will be there.  All the final arrangements are now being made for the weekend and all 14 clubs are hoping on their stagecoaches, steam boats, and horse and buggies and are headed towards Gettysburg!  Clubs from the largest cities like New York, Indianapolis, Providence to the smallest towns such as Melrose, Royal Oak and Talbot are gearing up for a great weekend of base ball.

Make sure you come out early on Saturday, July 21st as the action starts at 9am and won’t end until somewhere around 7pm that night.  Clubs will be playing on 3 fields continuously throughout the day.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, event tents for shade and a picnic basket or enjoy the concessions that will be there including ice cream and water ice.  Sunday starts even earlier at 8:30am and will go until about 4pm on all 3 fields.

The fields are named after great soldiers from the battle of Gettysburg including Meade’s Meadows, Grant’s Grounds, and Pickett’s Field.  The 3 fields are sponsored by our 3 great partners:  Gettysburg Eddies, Hickory Hollow Farms, and the Gettysburg Visitors and Convention Bureau.  General Lee and General Grant will be throwing first balls and posing for pictures.  Feel free to stop any player between games or even between innings if you have a question.  If you are lucky, you may even hear a rendition of Casey at the Bat!

Admission to the festival is absoletly free.   Parking is being handled by the Gettysburg Little League so a donation to them as you park your car would go a long way to helping them raise funds.  If you really want to get in to the spirit of the day, there will be donation boxes at each field where you can deposit 50 cents for gentlemen and 10 cents for ladies and seniors over 45 which is what the big city first class clubs charged back in the mid 19th century–but totally not neccessary!

So come on out and see what a sporting event was like in Gettysburg in 1864–before million dollar contracts, televisions, steroids…and gloves!  Players will be wearing uniforms and playing with equipment that were styled after the actuals in 1864 and playing by the rules and customs of the day, so come on out and enjoy!

2012 Festival Set

The 3rd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival’s field is finally set.  14 clubs will compete in the 2 day event starting July 21 and July 22nd.  What has quickly become one of the best events in vintage base ball, the Festival quickly expanded to 14 clubs in just 3 years when it started with just 6 regional teams.  This year’s field includes 2 clubs from New England: the Melrose Pondfelders and Providence Grays; 2 clubs from New York:  the Brooklyn Atlantics and Genessee Valley Club; the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey; 2 clubs from Pennsylvania- the Mechancisburg Nine and Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder; 3 teams from Michigan: the Saginaw Old Golds, the Rochester Grangers and the Wahoo BBC of Royal Oak; 2 teams from Maryland- the host Elkton Eclipse and the Talbot Fair Plays; and the Springfield Long Nine from Illinois and the Indianapolis Blues from Indiana.

Any club that goes undefeated during the weekend will have its name added to the trophy as an undefeated club joining the 2010 Talbot Fair Plays and the 2011 Saginaw Old Golds.  Stay tuned for more information shortly!