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Our most recent team portrait of all 14 players. That's right 14. You say there are only 13?? Well, you have to count Mister Bob 'The Unknown Quantity' Blazo, who did not show for the infamous photo. You can always go to the Post Office if you want to see his picture posted.

The 1858 Matthew Brady photo taken for the cover of Harper's Weekly.

The team traveled extensively up to and throughout the War Between the States. All the players were too old to serve in the armed forces saving T.J. who was too young. Thus all survived the war and playing across the nation with two uniforms; Home Hue Blue and Away Gray, all depending upon which side of the Mason-Dixon Line they were visiting.

On the 1st day of July, 1863, they were scheduled to play their annual celebrated match with the Shippensburg Amish club. As they were about to get started a cloud of dust appeared and several thousand southern gentlemen on horseback soon came into the village. The House of David quickly disappeared and re-appeared in their Away Grays greeting the fine troop that had seen the posters advertising the match all over southeastern Pennsylvania. Both teams invited the southerners to stay and watch the match to which they obliged. The first match was a thriller down to the final tally and the village begged another match of such spirited base ball; and the southern guests also decided to stay and enjoy another fine exhibition of sportsmanship. After the final inning the Amish hosts invited the town and the newly arrived guests to remain into the evening to enjoy the fine meal that had been preparing for several hours. All agreed and as night fell the southerners decided to encamp and depart at dawn. At dawn the town was awakened with the news of a great battle just about a day's journey eastward in a little hamlet called Gettysburg. The Southerners quickly rode off in a cloud to the east to engage in the battle. And thus the mystery of what happened to J.E.B. Stuart on his way north, being strategically, General Lee's eyes, is finally solved.

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