"Thus it occurred that a party of gentlemen formed an organization, combining together health, recreation, and social enjoyment, which was the nucleus of the now great American game of Base Ball so popular in all parts of the United States, than which there is none more manly or more health-giving." - The Book of American Pastimes by Charles A. Peverelly
The Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia is here to introduce communities across the region to the sociable and well-played game that defined 1864 base ball and that 12-year period of fine, high-quality local Clubs before the professional era took hold. In particular, we are keen to re-establish each of the Clubs the Athletic played from 1859 to 1872 – for re-matches 135-years in the making. We welcome enthusiastic Lady and Gentlemen ball players and arbiters (umpires). There is a period uniform with your name on it. Claim it. See our Schedule. Come out to a match! Meet the New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland Clubs on our home field in Fairmount Park, Memorial Field (right next to the Please Touch Museum).
Next EVENT: Home vs NOBODY!
Sunday May 19 @ NOON
Come join us as the Tweed Riders get their gang together for a jolly jaunt in Fairmount Park. They will begin their leisurely ride at 11:30 AM at Memorail Hall, cruise around the park, and come back to picnic and perhaps engage in vintage base balling with the Athletics!
----- The 2013 season is underway. We continue to practice and will post here the date and location of practices. If we do not have a game, and it is Sunday, there is a good chance we are practicing at Memorial Field. Feel free to stop by on these Sundays an try it out. This is a great way to come and see how the game is played and try your hand at it. We are always looking for new blood, male and female.
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