19th Century Base Ball Day

The Loudoun Times Mirror published an article in The Indie section about 19th Century Base Ball Day.  Click here to read, “Batter up: Vintage base ball steps on-deck”.

The Loudoun Preservation Society hosted a unique, family-friendly event on Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg. Admission to Base Ball Day was $20 per car, motorcycle, van, truck or RV. Admission was $50 per bus.

Three teams from the Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League played a doubleheader, following the rules and customs of the 1860s. Gloves and helmets were not worn and catching gear was not used. Uniforms and equipment were authentic replicas of the mid-1860s.  There were no stadiums or bleachers back then. The game was played in an open area, usually a field.


The Potomac Nine of Washington DC, the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore and the Elkton Eclipse Base Ball Club played three matches starting at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Historically, the day was a social event and 19th Century Base Ball Day was the same.



The rolling fields of Oatlands were the setting for Base Ball Day. And there was a baseball connection to Oatlands. George Carter began construction of the mansion in 1804. His grandson, Conrad Powell “Nick” Carter, was born there in 1879. Nick was a standout player at the University of Virginia and later pitched professionally for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908. After his short-lived major league career, he played on various minor league teams for five more years. In 1925 he coached in the Florida League and in 1929 the West Texas League. He died in Grasonville, MD, in 1961 and is buried at Wye Mills Cemetery in Talbot County, MD.

A focus of both pre-event promotions and game day was the history of the game , especially the history of baseball in Loudoun.

All proceeds from 19th Century Base Ball Day went toward LPS’s Grant Program.


Presenting Sponsor: Tuskies Dining Group
Tuscarora Mill
Magnolias at the Mill

Fire Works Pizza
South Street Under

Gold Sponsor:
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) / OpenBand

Silver Sponsors:
Loudoun Hounds
National Conference Center
Trump National Golf Club

Bronze Sponsor:
AH&T Insurance

Bendure Communications

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration

Media Partners:
Times Community Media
WINC 92.5 FM

Smokin’ Willy

Aldie Heritage Association
Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Friends of the Thomas Balch Library
Heritage Farm Museum
Jack Barrett, author of “A History of Loudoun County Baseball 1869-1987”
Mosby Heritage Area Association
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Waterford Foundation

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