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2nd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament

Published July 15, 2011

Courtesy Gettysburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Happy Friday, everyone! Something else to put on your list this weekend is the 2nd Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament!!

This fun event for the whole family will be held at Hickory Hollow Horse Farm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Read more about Hickory Hollow Horse Farm here.

Read the article about this tournament in USA Today Travel online! “‘Base Ball’ Goes Back in Time at Gettysburg Tournament”

Come see what a 19th Century base ball (yes, it used to be two words) match was like before million dollar contracts, television and gloves!  Featuring clubs from all over the United States who will compete for the tournament championship using the same style uniforms and equipment and playing by the same rules and customs as were used in 1864. Family fun for everyone!

The 2011 edition has gone national with 10 clubs competing from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Colorado.  Throwing out the “first balls”, will be President Lincoln, General Lee, General Grant and Eddie Plank III.

The tournament will be broken down in to three pools on Saturday.  The first division is theLincoln 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 Poolincludes the defending champion Talbot Fair Plays from Maryland; the Mudville Nine fromMassachusetts, 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 Denver Blue Stockings 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.  The other five clubs will join the Mechanicsburg Nine from Pennsylvania on Sunday and will be split in to two pools where each will play the two other clubs in its pool to round out the festival.

Saturday, July 16 – Games Begin at 10:00am
 Chesapeake City vs Flemington
Flemington vs Huntington
Huntington vs Chesapeake City
Talbot vs Mudville
Saginaw vs Talbot
Mudville vs Saginaw
Elkton vs Cincinnati
Cincinnati vs Central City, CO
Central City vs Elkton

Sunday, July 17 – Games Begin at 9:30am
Semi Final #1
Semi Final # 2
Pool # 1 A  vs Mechanicsburg
Pool #1 C  vs Mechanicsburg
Pool #1 A  vs Pool #1 C
Pool #2 A vs Pool #2 B
Pool #2 B vs Pool #2 C
Pool #2 C vs Pool #2A

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