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Games of Ball Seen in Sacramento CA in 1851, 1854

Salience Noteworthy
Location California
City/State/Country: Sacramento, CA, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Unknown

"Morning Sports - A fight took place on Saturday morning on the levee, and a game of ball on 2d street just above the Columbia Hotel. Quite a number of gentlemen witnessed these amusements, and seemed highly entertained by them."



Sacramento Transcript, March 18, 1851 (as reprinted in the Spirit of the Times on May 17, 1851). 



Another game in Sacramento was covered in April of 1854. John Thorn suggests that "the above 'game of ball' may be inferred to be baseball (I think)."

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Submitted by John Thorn, 19CBB posting February 2010
Submission Note Posted to the 19CBB listserve on December 15, 2009.


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