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1856.296 Ball Play in Children's Song

Tags:

Ball in the Culture, Music

Age of Players:

Juvenile

The New Year's number of a children's magazine, Stu-dent & Schoolmate, featured a musical piece entitled "The Holiday Song" in 1856.  The second stanza went as follows:

 Hark! we hear our schoolmates call,

 And we see the whizzing ball

From the bat stick flying;

Bat the ball,

One and all,

Great and small,

Keep the ball a flying.

Sources:

"The Holiday Song," in Student & Schoolmate: A Monthly Reader for School & Home Instruc-tion Containing Original Dialogues, Speeches, Bio-graphy, History, Travels, Poetry, Music, Science, Anecdotes, Problems, Puz-zles, etc., January 1, 1856, p. 108. Reprinted in Originals, Newsletter of the Origins Committee of SABR, Vol. 4 No. 12. Dec. 2011

Year
1856
Item
1856.296
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1858.12 Base Ball, Meet Tin Pan Alley

Tags:

Music

Game:

Base Ball

Blodgett, J. (composer), "The Base Ball Polka" [Buffalo, Blodgett and Bradford]. Block marks this as the first baseball sheet music, as composed by a member of the Niagara Base Ball Club of Buffalo. "On the title page, under an emblem of two crossed bats over a baseball, is a dedication 'To the Flour City B. B. Club of Rochester, N.Y. by the Niagara B. B. Club.'"

Sources:

David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 218.

Year
1858
Item
1858.12
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1858.20 Knicks Compose 17-Verse Song on Current Base Ball

Tags:

Music

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

Chorus: Then shout, shout for joy, and let the welkin ring,/ In praises of our noble game, for health is sure to bring;/ Come, my brave Yankee boys, there's room enough for all,/ So join in Uncle Samuel's sport - the pastime of base ball."

The song was sung in honor of the Excelsiors at a dinner in August 1858.

Sources:

Reprinted in Dean A. Sullivan, Compiler and Editor, Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908 [University of Nebraska Press, 1995], pp. 30-32.

Reprinted in Henry Chadwick, The Game of Base Ball (Munro, 1868, reprint Camden House, 1983), pp. 178-80.

Reprinted in "Ball Days, A Song of 1858", Our Game, Thorn, http://ourgame. mlblogs.com/?s=Ball+Days%2C+A+Song+of+1858. July 18, 2012

Year
1858
Item
1858.20
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1862.9 First Admission Fees for Baseball?

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

May 15, 1862: "The Union Baseball Grounds at March Avenue and Rutledge Street in Brooklyn is opened, the first enclosed ball field to charge an admission fee."

Sources:

James Charlton, The Baseball Chronology (Macmillan, 1991), page 15.

Regarding the opening of the Union Grounds, see:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb. 12 and May 16, 1862; New York Clipper, Feb. 22, 1862; New York Sunday Mercury May 11 and May 18, 1862,

Warning:

Caveats: Admission was charged in 1858 for the Brooklyn-New York games at the Fashion Race Course, Queens, which was enclosed but not a 'ball field'. 

             Before the Union Grounds, there were no ball field enclosed for the purpose of charging admission.

Comment:

Admission had occasionally also been charged for "benefit" games for charities or to honor prominent players.

Year
1862
Item
1862.9
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