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19th Century Base Ball Returns to Gettysburg July 16 and 17, 2011 with 9 Clubs from all over the Nation


Gettysburg, PA—The 2nd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament will be back in town on July 16 and 17 as 9 clubs from all over the United States take part in what is one of the most exciting “civilian” events in town all year.  Once again the Elkton Base Ball Club will be promoting and managing the event which will feature the Saginaw Old Golds (MI), the Cincinnati Buckeyes (OH), the Mudville Nine (MA), the Flemington Neshanock (NJ), the Central City Stars (CO), the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers (IN), the Chesapeake City Cecils (MD), the Mechanicsburg Nine (PA), and the defending champion Talbot Fair Plays (MD).

When people make the 3 mile trek on Route 30 west to Crooked Creek Lane to Hickory Hollow Farm they will be transported back in to time to witness what a sporting event was like during and just after the Civil War.  The ball players are not re-enactors, they are actual base ball (two word) players who play a full schedule of matches from April until the end of October all up and down the east coast of the United States.  “The games are not scripted.  Each match has a different outcome depending on the skills and abilities of each club.  If we were like the re-enactors you see out on the battlefields of Gettysburg, then we would be using real bullets!” says one of the tournament organizers Greg Rodenbaugh.

Fans coming out to the free event (a donation to the Little League for parking is appreciated!) will not only witness base ball as it was played in 1864, but there will also be special guests in attendance including President Lincoln, General Grant, General Lee, and a whole host of Gettysburg Civilians who will be showing you what life was like outside of the War in 1864.  You can even get your picture taken by a “tin type” photographer  just like folks did in the 19th century.

To celebrate Gettysburg’s favorite baseball son, Eddie Plank III will be on hand to throw out the first ball at several of the matches.  The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society will be on hand with displays about “Gettysburg” Eddie Plank as well.  Fans can even purchase the same balls that the clubs will be using and learn about uniforms that they are wearing as well.  Great food provided by “Uncle Moe’s” will also be available during the day.