In San Francisco on 10 November 1858

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Date of Game Wednesday, November 10, 1858
Location San Francisco, CA, United States
Field The grounds opposite South Park
Score 17 - 19
NY Rules Likely

The New York Mercury, Jan. 6, 1861, has a "letter from a correspondent" objecting to the Mercury's Dec. 30, 1860 article which said the first base ball game in CA was in San Francisco Feb. 22, 1860. The letter says the 1st base ball game in CA was in San Francisco Nov. 10, 1858, "on the grounds opposite South Park," played by two pickup nines. The game had been introduced into SF by William V. Babcock of the (NY) Atlantic BBC. Since many players were unfamiliar with the rules, Babcock had to act as umpire. The article gives the names of the players (8 on each side), and a box score.

An article in the Aug. 8, 1892 Washington Post confirms the Mercury account. It is an interview of William V. Babcock, who says that in 1858 he traveled to San Francisco and while there, "with some friends... organized two clubs, which played the first regular game of ball on the Pacific Coast." The game was played that October, he remembered.


The New York Mercury, Jan. 6, 1861. Aug. 8, 1892 Washington Post

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Found by Bruce Allardice
First in Location San Francisco, CA
Players Locality Local
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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