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Houston, We Have A Problem

Salience Peripheral
Location Texas
City/State/Country: Houston, TX, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"Friend SPIRIT: A meeting for the purpose of organizing a base ball club in this city, was held on Thursday evening last, April 4, when eighteen of the most respectable young men of this city met and adopted a constitution, by-laws, rules and regulations for playing the game, and elected their officers...The club adopted the name of 'Houston Base Ball Club'...They play their first match game among themselves, on Saturday, the 27th of this month. The result you can expect immediately thereafter."


Wilkes' Spirit of the Times, April 27, 1861.


If, held, the planned match on April 27 did not reach (or was not printed by) Wilkes' Spirit. Texas had already seceded and joined the Southern Confederacy by the time the Houston BBC formed. The beginning of the war after Fort Sumter was fired upon on April 12 presumably ended such communication.

See Protoball Pre-Pro, the Houston Ball Club, for more on this club.

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 3/10/2014


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