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White Stockings Choose New Orleans for Extended Preseason Play

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Business of Baseball
City/State/Country: New Orleans, LA, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
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"The White Stockings, of Chicago, arrived here yesterday on the mid-day train, and will remain here for four or five weeks.  Their first game will be with the Lone Stars, at the Base Ball Park, next Sunday."


New Orleans Republican,  March 22, 1871


Richard Hershberger, FB Posting, 3/21/2021:

"150 years ago in baseball: Spring Training. The Chicago White Stockings arrive today in New Orleans. The season began much later than it does nowadays. Spring Training today is entering the home stretch, while just starting in 1871. It also was far less consistent. Few clubs made trips to the South at this point. It will be decades before that is universal. These things were pretty much done on the fly, with the financial prospects weighing heavily in the decision whether to make a trip or just train at home."

The White Stockings stayed in New Orleans until April 17th, making their stay 4 weeks. See New Orleans Times-Democrat, April 17, 1871. [ba]

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