Clipping:An interracial match in New Orleans

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Date Saturday, March 20, 1880

About 2,500 people assembled at the ball-park in [New Orleans] on March 4 to witness the game between the Howards and the Orleans, the latter nine being selected from two crack colored clubs. The Howards were too much for their opponents, and pounded their pitcher for fourteen safe hits and nine earned runs. The Orleans played pretty well,but were a little nervous, it being the first game that any colored club had ever played in New Orleans against their white brethren. The crowd, composed mostly of colored people, was very enthusiastic. Their pitcher (a white boy) has always been considered a good local pitcher, but the heavy batters of the Howards were a little too much for his. New York Clipper March 20, 1880 [N.B. The Orleans' pitcher was “Kennedy”.]

A game of base ball was played recently at New Orleans in the presence of nearly three thousand spectators, between the Orleans, a colored club, and the Howard Club, which is composed of Northern professional players. Although the audience was composed largely of colored people, the Orleans had not sufficient nerve to compete with the whites, who won by a score of 16 to 1. Philadelphia Item March 21, 1880

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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