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1858.36 NY Rules Printed in Georgia

Location:

Georgia

Game:

Base Ball

Without apparent explanation or comment, the rules of baseball were printed in Macon GA

 

Sources:

"Rules and Regulations of the Game of Base Ball," Macon Weekly Georgia Telegraph (November 16, 1858), page unknown. From a 19CBB posting by Richard Hershberger, 7/23/2007. Text provided by John Maurath, Director of Library Services, Missouri Civil War Museum at Historic Jefferson Barracks, email of 1/18/2008.

Year
1858
Item
1858.36
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1859.4 Base Ball Club Forms in Augusta GA: Town Ball Played Also/Instead

Location:

Georgia

Game:

Town Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

"Baseball Club formed in Augusta in 1859," unidentified clipping at the Giamatti Research Center, Cooperstown, September 15, 1985. Per Millen note # 42.

"Town Ball. - On the 24th ult., the young men of Augusta, Ga., met on the Parade Ground, and organized themselves in two parties for enjoying a friendly game at this hearty game." They played two innings, and "W.D.'s side scored 43, squeezing the peaches on P. B.'s, who managed only 19. 

Query: Is there any indication that Association rules were used by the reported club?

From another source: The Daily Chronicle and Sentinal [Augusta?] in 1860 reported that the Base Ball Club of Augusta had formed the previous year. It reported on this "noble and manly game" as played on November 7, 1860"

"There were 6 innings. Doughty's side made 32 rounds; Russell's side made 20 rounds."

 

Sources:

The New York Clipper (date and page omitted; date inferred from scrapbook placement). Facsimile from page 25 (column 3, third story) of a Mears Collection scrapbook.

From an unidentified clipping marked [in hand] "September 15, 1985 Augusta GA," in the Origins file at the Giamatti Center of the Hall of Fame.

Year
1859
Item
1859.4
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1859.53 Cricket Club formed in Savannah, GA in 1859

Location:

Georgia

The Augusta Chronicle, Aug. 26, 1859: "Cricket--A club for the practice of this manly game, has just been formed by a number of young men of Savannah."

In November a match was reported: "Savannah Items...The Cricket Match--The match on Thursday last was played by sides chosen by Messers. St. Croix and Armitage." The former won 91 to 86 in two innings.

Sources:

The Augusta Chronicle, Aug. 26, 1859

The Charleston (SC) Courier, Nov. 9, 1859, 

Year
1859
Item
1859.53
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1860.58 Many Tackle the New Game in Macon, But a Few Secede

Location:

Georgia

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

In early 1860, the Olympic Club of Macon GA played a series of intramural games, most apparently while trying to follow Association rules. The Macon Weekly Telegraph recorded five [and another that may be misdated] games in February and March, each with a box score. The issue of Feb. 28, 1860, reported that the Olympic favord the "fly game."

However, defection was in the air:

"A number of gentlemen are about to form another base ball club, the game to be played after fashion in the South twenty years ago, when old field schools [school fields, maybe?] were the scenes of trial and activity and rosy cheeked girls were the umpires." 

Sources:

Macon Telegraph, March 12, 1860. All seven articles were accessed via subscription search, May 20-21, 2009. 

Comment:

Macon GA is in central Georgia, about 80 miles SE of Atlanta.

Year
1860
Item
1860.58
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