2011 Tournament Pairings Released

Gettysburg, PA— The Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament has announced the schedule for the 2nd Annual vintage base ball festival which will take place in Gettysburg at Hickory Hollow Farm on July 16 and 17, 2011.  Last year’s inaugural event drew 1,500 spectators as well as President Lincoln, General Grant and General Lee to see six 19th century base ball clubs compete in a two day event.  Last year’s field included clubs from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.  The 2011 edition has gone national with 10 clubs competing from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Colorado.  Last year’s sponsors included Gettysburg Eddies, Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Gettysburg Foundation, 19cbaseball.com, Hickory Hollow Farm, and the Union Drummer Boy.


The 2011 Tournament will be broken down in to three pools on Saturday.  The first division is the Lincoln Pool featuring the Cecil BBC of Chesapeake City, Maryland; the Flemington Neshanock from New Jersey; and the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers from Indiana.  The Grant Pool includes the Mechanicsburg Nine from Pennsylvania; the Mudville Nine from Massachusetts, and the Saginaw Old Golds from Michigan.  The Lee Pool features the Eclipse BBC of Elkton from Maryland; the Cincinnati Buckeyes from Ohio; and the Central City Stars from the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association.  On Saturday, each club plays the other 2 clubs in its pool.  The pool winners as well as one wild card will move on to the championship tournament on Sunday.  Two semi final games followed by the championship and 3rd place game will follow. 

Saturday, July 16                              

Chesapeake City vs Flemington

Flemington vs Huntington

Huntington vs Chesapeake City

Mechanicsburg vs Mudville

Mudville vs Saginaw

Saginaw vs Mechanicsburg

Elkton vs Cincinnati

Cincinnati vs Central City

Central City vs Elkton

2011 Tournament Announced

The 2nd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament will take place July 16 and 17, 2011 once again at Hickory Hollow Farm in Gettysburg, PA. The 2nd edition of the tournament will feature 9 clubs from all over the United States. Defending champion, the Talbot Fair Plays from Easton, Maryland return to defend their crown. The host clubs, the Elkton Eclipse and the Cecil Club of Chesapeake City round out the Maryland contingent. The Flemington Neshanock also return from last year. New clubs coming to Gettysburg in 2011 include the Saginaw Old Golds from Saginaw, Michigan; the Mudville Nine from Holliston, Massachussets; the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers from Huntington, Indiana; the Cincinnati Buckeyes from Ohio; and the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association from Denver, Colorado. In addition, the Mechanicsburg Nine from nearby Mechanicsburg, PA will also be playing with the field on Sunday.  Once again, there are sponsorship opportunities available. Last year, over 1,500 people attended the tournament including President Lincoln, General Grant and General Lee. Media coverage was heavy and included a few television outlets, several newspapers, and many bloggers. If you are interested in next year’s event, please email us at elktonbase_ball(at)yahoo.com.
Stay tuned for many more details!

Talbot Wins First Gettysburg Tournament

We want to thank everyone who made sure that the first Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament was a huge success.  Hundreds of people came out to witness what America’s Pastime was like in its infancy.  The organizers could not have imagined the cooperation it received from the clubs, the sponsors, the re-enactors, the fans and the whole town of Gettysburg.  Many thanks to those who braved the heat to see some great base ball over the course of 2 days. 

Fans were treated each game to either President Lincoln, General Grant or General Lee throwing out the first ball.  At times they were treated to Casey at the Bat by Brad Shaw.  Next the fans were treated to how base ball looked in the mid 1860s at its purest form.  Some highly spirited matches made for great entertainment for those in attendance.

A big “Huzzah” goes out to the Talbot Fair Plays who won the first championship.  They defeated Elkton 14-9 to take home the gold ball.  Both clubs got to the championship match by running the table in its round robin play with perfect 3-0 records.  Somerset took 3rd place with a 10-7 victory over Pittsburgh.  For the full results go to the “results” tab on this site.

We want to thank the following for the huge success:  First the clubs: the Flemington Neshanock, the Talbot Fair Plays, the Pittsburgh Franklins, the Delaware Diamond States, the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder and the Elkton Eclipse.  Our re-enactors: President Lincoln, General Lee and General Grant.  Our Gold Sponsors: Gettysburg Convention and Tourism Bureau, Hickory Hollow Farm and Gettysburg Eddies.  Our other sponsors: The Gettysburg Foundation, 19th Century Base Ball, and the Union Drummer Boy.  The town of Gettysburg and all of its citizens and mostly a big thanks to all the fans and spectators who witnessed a great event.

We’ll see you the 3rd weekend of July 2011 for the 2nd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament with even more clubs and more off the field fun.  For more information or to get on our email list, contact us at elktonbase_ball@yahoo.com.  Thanks again!

Its Tournament Week!

This weekend, Gettysburg will witness base ball the same way it did in 1864.  6 clubs are gearing up to come to town to show the public how the great American Pastime got started.  These clubs will be playing base ball the same way it was played in the mid 1860s using the same style uniforms and equipment and playing by the same rules and using the same customs and language as was used during the end of the Civil War.

Starting at 10am, 2 matches will start as President Lincoln, General Grant and General Lee will be on hand to throw out first balls during the day.  Matches are in 2 blocks on Saturday starting at 10am, Noon, and 2pm.  Sunday there is one more round of regular match play at 10:30 and then at 12:30 are the championship rounds. 

Fans who come out will not only see the games, they can also see Lincoln, Grant and Lee as well as hear stiring renditions of Casey at the Bat and much more.  There will be people all over to help you understand the rules and customs and to let you see what a 19th century bat and ball looked like.

The whole tournament takes place at Hickory Hollow Farms just a couple of miles west of the center of town off of Route 30 west on Crooked Creek Rd.  Free admission and free parking.  Concessions by Gettysburg Eddies so bring a picnic basket or enjoy a great lunch by Gettysburg Eddies.  Stop by Gettysburg Eddies on Friday and/or Saturday night and meet the ball players and hear all about this soon to be great tradition in Gettysburg!

JULY 17 and 18, 2010

Welcome to the official site of the 1st Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament. On July 17 and 18, 2010, 6 clubs will compete for the 1st Championship.  The Tournament will take place at Hickory Hollow Farm which is less than 3 miles from the center of Gettysburg going west on Lincoln Highway (Route 30).

Matches will start at 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am and Noon on Sunday.  Keep an eye on this website for the full schedule.  When you come to the event, you will see base ball (two words) played the same way it was played in 1864 with the same style equipment and uniforms and clubs playing by the same rules and customs as was used at the end of the Civil War.  In the Union Division the featured clubs are the Pittsburgh Franklins BBC, the Somerset (Pa) Frosty Sons of Thunder and the Flemington (NJ) Neshanock.  The Confederate Division features the Eclipse Base Ball Club of Elkton (MD), the Talbot Fair Plays (MD) and the Diamond State BBC of Delaware.  Each Confederate club plays each Union club.  The two clubs with the best record will play for the championship regardless of division.