2014 Base Ball Exhibition & Fair at The Navy Yard
10 clubs, 3 fields, 2 days, 1 glorious event!
Get ready for our 19th century extravaganza. We will be hosting clubs from all over the Mid Atlantic for our Navy Yard festival!
4701 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112
Saturday September 06, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday September 07, 10 am - 4:30 pm
The Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia, honoring the original 1860s team, will host the 19th Century BaseBall Exhibition & Fair at the The Navy Yard. The free two day event will take place on September 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vintage “baseball” (as it was written back then) clubs from Long Island, NY to Northern Virginia and their “ballists” will catch the ball without a glove and swing their bats at true pitches (underhand pitches...not over hand throws)
History buffs and baseball enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the vintage base ball matches (as played by the rules of the National Association of Base Ball Players’ 1864 season) and a game of Philadelphia style “town ball,” a mid 19th century predecessor.
To satisfy visitors’ appetites, local food vendors will sell eats and beverages that are sure to delight. Philadelphia’s old fashioned ice cream shop, The Franklin Fountain, will dish up their homemade ice cream and uncork nostalgic sodas. Local food trucks, will park and serve up savory options, made fresh to order.
Information tables, historically focused organizations, haberdashers, period ball and bat makers will be on site to sell merchandise. The event will also have unique items such as reproduction 19th century baseball apparel, equipment and other related items for raffle.
Schedule (may change)
12:00 Field 1: Atlantic vs Keystone
12:00 Field 2: Athletic vs Mutuals
12:00 Field 3: Neshanock vs Capital Stars Club
2:00 Field 1: Elkton vs Gothams
2:00 Field 2: Capital Stars Club vs Elizabeth
2:00 Field 3: Athletic vs Atlantic
10:00 Field 1: Capital Stars Club vs Athletic
10:00 Field 2: Diamond state vs Atlantic
10:00 Field 3: Neshanock vs Minerva
12:00 Field 1: Gothams vs Neshanock
12:00 Field 2: Keystone vs Athletic
12:00 Field 3: Atlantic vs Capital Stars Club
2:00 Field 1: Keystone vs Minerva
2:00 Field 2: Town Ball!!!
2:00 Field 3: Gothams vs Neshanock
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).
The Athletic Base Ball Club was founded in 1859 with the express purpose of playing what was then often referred to as "the New York game." Early on, Athletic competed against stiff local competition from clubs such as Keystone, Equity, Minerva, Mercantile and many others. These amateur clubs were organized by trade, neighborhood, or from the ranks of clubs devoted to other hobbies. As Athletic grew to be a force on the national scene, many of these clubs became de facto farm teams for the Athletics, who had the best record in the country in 1867 and 1868. Part of Athletic’s mission was to facilitate the growth of the sport in towns around the region, and Athletic even sponsored the first African-American club to apply for membership in the National Association of Base Ball Players. As professionalism took over after the Civil War, the Athletics moved on to become the first champions of the new National Association of Professional Base Ball Players.
Athletic would remain a force to be reckoned with until their ejection from the National League after the 1876 season. Scott "Big Deal" Alberts (current President) initiated the revival of the traditions of the amateur Athletic Base Ball Club ["ABBC"] in August of 2009. The revived ABBC seeks to reestablish the convivial amateur spirit of the early game.