In Lawrence in April 1863

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Date of Game April 1863
Location Lawrence, KS, United States
Description " March 1861, the State
Journal in Lawrence, Kansas encouraged the organization of baseball teams. “Base ball is
the favorite amusement of our young men now. It is a noble exercise, and we sincerely wish
the boys would organize two good clubs, practice well for a month, and then have a match
game before the citizens of the city. … Who leads in this matter?” Two weeks later, the
newspaper wondered, “How about that match game of base ball?” The effort was
unsuccessful, but the sport persisted in Lawrence on an informal basis, as reported in April
1863. On “fast day”—a day of fasting and prayer observed primarily in New England*—a
“match game of base ball will be made up at the Eldridge House.”"
Sources Eberle, "Baseball Takes Root in Kansas"
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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Lawrence, KS


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