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4th Annual Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Tournament

Published July 18, 2013

There’s nothing quite like catching a baseball game on a sultry summer weekend.

But how many of you have ever seen the game played in its 19th century form?

Some of the best vintage base ball (yes, two words!) clubs in the country will be competing in a two-day tournament this weekend, starting at 9am on Saturday and 8:30am on Sunday.

This is a completely free event, but donations are welcome and will benefit the Gettysburg Little League. Little Leaguers are helping with parking during the tournament, so a few dollars in donation will be certainly appreciated. Bring lawnchairs, shade tents, and blankets and enjoy a picnic lunch while watching a bit of old-timey vintage base ball.

Casey Jones would have been proud.

Teams competing are: the Athletic Base Ball Club from Philadelphia, the New York Mutuals, Providence Grays, New York Gothams, Brooklyn Atlantics, Cleveland Blues, Columbus Capitals, Saginaw Old Golds (two-time champions) from Michigan, Bay City Independents, and local favorites Harrisburg Keystones.

Players will be on hand between games and between innings to entertain questions. These guys love to talk vintage base ball, and you’ll come away with a deeper appreciation of how the game has changed. We’re not talking about million dollar contracts!

The Base Ball Festival will be held at Schroeder Farm, 965 Pumping Station Road here in Gettysburg.

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