Clipping:The ball grounds in Louisville

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Date Thursday, July 25, 1867

[National vs. Louisville 7/17/1867] The Nationals took the large stage provided for them and proceeded to the enclosed grounds at Cedar Hill, one of the most picturesque and well laid-out grounds in the country. The enclosure includes a swimming pool, bowling alleys, dancing rooms, groves for picnic, and a delightful place for summer out door sports and exercise generally. The feature of the grounds is the ball field. On this occasion the covered seats on the left of the catcher were occupied by as handsome and fashionable a delegation of Southern ladies as we ever saw at any out-door gathering in the South. All along the edge of the outer field, too, the seats placed under the cedar trees were occupied by ladies, outside of which circle were ranged dozens of carriages, the whole scene presenting a tout ensemble worthy the brush of an artist to delineate. On the right of the catcher there were rows of seats, too... On the trees outside the fence, too, the boys were gathered...

... The fact was made apparent, too, that the field, pretty as it is, and suitable for ordinary games, was not extensive enough for a match of this kind, the crowd being too close for one thing, while there was a lack of room for catching foul balls. The best thing the Louisville ball palyers can do is to secure an enclosure of their own, giving a level field of six or seven acres in extent. They would find the income would pay for the expense in less than a couple of years.

Source Ball Players Chronicle
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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