NEW Event: Vintage Base Ball Comes to Strasburg Rail Road

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Watch baseball played 19th century style during Strasburg Rail Road's new event on May 4, 2013. Read on for details about Vintage Base Ball Day

America’s favorite pastime is coming to America’s oldest short line railroad - Strasburg Rail Road. The Keystone Base Ball Club of Harrisburg is set to compete against other clubs within the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League during a special event on May 4, 2013. Between noon and 4:00 p.m., spectators travel by train to Verdant View Farm along the Strasburg Rail Road line to cheer on history’s grand old game.

The teams competitively re-enact 19th century base ball (two words back in the day), following the rules as they were in 1864. Wearing long-sleeved, white button-down shirts and trousers, the teams take to the field without gloves, catcher’s masks or batting helmets. While competitive in nature, the game promotes camaraderie, exercise and pure love of the sport.

Trains will depart hourly from the historic East Strasburg Station with an exclusive stop at Verdant View Farm during the return trip. Passengers wishing to watch the game will stroll through a small stretch of farmland to the ball field. Tickets for the game are as follows: Adults (ages 12+) $5.00 plus train ticket, children (3 – 11) $3.00 plus train ticket.

Tournament Schedule:
Elkton Eclipse vs. Harrisburg Keystones @ Noon
Flemington Neshanock vs. Philadelphia Athletic @Noon
Consolation Game @ 2:00 p.m.
Championship Game @ 3:00 p.m.

About Strasburg Rail Road

Strasburg Rail Road is one of Pennsylvania’s leading family attractions and is home to museum quality, working, turn-of-the century steam locomotives, freight cars, dining cars, private cars and one of the largest fleets of historic wooden passenger cars in the world. Founded in 1832, Strasburg Rail Road also holds the unique distinction as being America’s oldest short line railroad.

The 45-minute train ride departs daily from Strasburg station. Passengers can choose to ride Coach, First-Class, Open Air or the Dining Car. Plus, ride on the miniature Cagney steam train, the authentic Pump Car, or take a behind-the-scenes tour to see steam engines being built, restored and refurbished. Strasburg Rail Road has a number of value passes including the brand new Summer Fun Pass, the Rail Baron Pass and the Day Pass.

For more information on the Strasburg Rail Road or to purchase tickets, please visit, or call 717.687.7522

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