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Clippings in 1855 (8 entries)

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The condition and size of the Newark Club

Date Saturday, August 18, 1855
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This club Newark Base Ball Club already numbers some seventy-six active members, and has only been organized about three weeks. … The club is composed of good material and is in a most prosperous condition.  They have procured a large and capacious tent capable of not only holding the club but also of accommodating such of their friends as may honor them with their presence.  Their ground is in East Newark, (to the south of the New Jersey Railroad) which they have leased, and had cleared and leveled off. 

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

an exchange of cheers

Date Saturday, September 8, 1855
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(Columbia Club of Brooklyn v Pioneer Club of Jersey City on 3 September 1855) At the conclusion of the game the Columbias gave three cheers for the Pioneers, which was heartily returned.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

an account of an early match; crowd control

Date Friday, September 14, 1855
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(Knickerbocker vs. Gotham 9/13/1855) These two clubs, that stand A1 in the national game of base ball, met yesterday to contend for the return game.  The weather was all they could desire and the interest that all take in this beautiful game drew together a large body of visitors—certainly not less than 1,000 being present, among them a good show of ladies. … A great improvement in keeping the ground was shown, several members being deputed with blue ribbons affixed to the coat to keep the spectators back.  This prevented the crowd from pressing round the catcher, and gave all a good chance of seeing. … On the ground we noticed representations from the following clubs:--Putnam, Empire, Eckford, Pioneer, Columbia, Eagle, Atlantic, Baltic, Excelsior, and the President of the St. George's Cricket club.  The rubber game will be played on neutral ground, and there seemed some disposition to accept a kind invitation from Sam. Godwin, Esq., President of the Putnam Club, of East Brooklyn.

Source New York Herald
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

a game played to end by the clock

Date Saturday, September 15, 1855
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Excelsior Club of Jersey City v Pavonia Club of Jersey City on 6 September 1855  [non-New York game]  The match was to be 2 1-2 hours, equal innings.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

calling for judgment on foul balls

Date Saturday, September 22, 1855
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[speaking following a match] As new clubs, he (W.H. Van Cott, the referee) would suggest to them to call for judgment oftener on foul balls.  One ball went forty feet wide, and then the judges called for judgment.

Source New York Herald
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

neutral grounds for third game a novelty

Date Saturday, September 22, 1855
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(W.H. Van Cott, speaking following a match)  Another point he would mention, relative to a rubber match being played on neutral ground.  It is a new idea.  The Gothams and other clubs have never done it.  The rule is, whichever club gives the first invite, the two games are played on their ground.

Source New York Herald
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

swift pitchers

Date Saturday, September 29, 1855
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(Pioneer Club of Jersey City v Columbia Club of Brooklyn on 19 September 1855)  Law, Jr., as pitcher [of the Columbia], sends a swift ball, which not only wearies the batter but himself long before the game is finished. … Jordan [of the Pioneer], as pitcher, needs practice, and by his endeavor to pitch swift balls loses by pitching wild ones... 

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger

post-game salutes

Date Saturday, September 29, 1855
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(Pioneer Club of Jersey City v Columbia Club of Brooklyn on 19 September 1855)  After the game was over the Clubs gave the usual salutes, then repaired to the Commercial Rooms, where, with their friends, they sat down to an excellent supper.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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