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Date of Game 1834
Location Wilkes-Barre, PA, United States
Has Source On Hand No
NY Rules No - Predecessor

The Boston Post, March 22, 1834 reports that a young man of Wilkes Barre, George Gobel, "while playing ball... received a several blow from a ball-club" and died 24 hours later.

Note enough detail to say for sure what kind of ball game this was. Bat referred to as a "ball club"; other sources from that time refer to it as a bat. Also, being killed by a bat was, it seems, not a rarity at that time.


The Boston Post, March 22, 1834. Baltimore Gazette, March 20, 1834.

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