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"A Good Many Different Kinds of Ball" +In 1867 story, a father recollects boyhood ballplaying
"Sound" Baseball Played at Ohio School for the Blind +<p>The blind boys call it “sound” baseball, and they play it with a softball that has a bell inside it which tinkles as it rolls along the ground.</p> <p>Each team is composed of nine blind boys and 2 with partial vision. Those totally blind are fielders and the others catcher and pitcher. The pitcher rolls the ball along the ground to members of his own team when they are at bat. The fielders kneel behind the base lines.</p> <p>[ . . . ]</p> <p>The batter uses a hockey stick rather than a bat and, although he can be retired on strikes, he cannot be given a base on balls. A baserunner can advance only one base at a time. The pitcher rolls the ball in "pitching" to the batter.</p> <p> </p>


'Citizens' v Crew of the USN Pinta in Sitka on 4 July 1886 +<p>The Sitka <em>Alaskan</em>, July 3, 1886, says of the 4th of July celebration the next day: "The whole to conclude with a match game of base ball, citizens vs. Pinta."</p> <p>Pinta is the name of a navy gunboat that supplied the area. Presumably the Pinta team was composed of the sailors.</p>
'Colored' Club of Decatur +<p>Decatur <em>Republican</em>, June 3, 1869: "A colored base ball club has been organized in this city. The members practice in the fair grounds." Same, Aug. 12, 1870, mentions the "colored" club.</p> <p>Brunson, "Black Baseball, 1858-1900" names this club the Brown Stockings.</p> <p> Same Aug. 13, 1875, says the "Colored club" is to play the "White Stockings". </p>
'Colored' Club of Newark +<p>The Quincy <em>Daily Whig</em>, Aug. 16, 1876, reports that the "colored baseball clubs" of Newark and Edina, MO, played at La Belle, MO, Aug. 14th, with Newark winning 24 to 14.</p>
'Colored' Club of Paducah +<p>The <em>Cairo Daily Bulletin</em>, Sept. 24, 1871 says that a "colored' club from Paducah visited Cairo and lost to the Clippers.</p>
'Ladies' Club of Pensacola +<p>The <em>Bangor Daily Whig</em>, July 12, 1867, reports "The young ladies of Pensacola, Florida, have organized a base ball club."</p> <p>The reports added that if a lady got tripped by her hoop skirt while running the bases, she'd be expelled from the team. See Chadwick's "Ball Player's Chronicle," July 25, 1867.</p> <p>This item was reported in several newspapers. It might be tongue-in-cheek.</p>
'Natives' v 'Haoles' in HI on 4 July 1866 +<p>"The first baseball game in Hawaii to be saved for the record books was played on July 4, 1866 and saw the "natives" beating the "Haoles" (Caucasians) 2 - 1."</p> <p>See other 7-4-66 game entry for more on this game. [ba]</p>
'Negro' Club of Atlanta +<p>The <em>Memphis Appeal</em>, Aug. 25, 1867, reports that the "Negroes of Atlanta" have formed a base ball club "dressed in red pants and sky-blue jackets."</p> <p>The <em>Charleston Daily News</em>, Aug. 17, 1867 picks up an Augusta (GA) Constitutionalist item about this team visiting Augusta, arrayed in "red pantaloons" with "sundry spangles," and notes that Charleston has a colored team also.</p>
'colored juveniles' v 'colored juveniles' on 5 November 1867 +<p>The <em>Selma Times and Messenger</em>, Nov. 6, 1867 reports that yesterday "colored juveniles" were playing baseball in front of the Presbyterian Church.</p>


1001 Club of Philadelphia +<p>The <em>Philadelphia Evening Telegraph</em>, June 29, 1866 reports that the 1001 BBC was recently organized in the 6th Ward.</p>
12th US Infantry v 25th US Infantry on 25 December 1899 +<p>"The Twenty-Fifth Infantry Regiment Takes the Field," National Pastime 15 (1995) pp. 59-64 relates that on Xmas day, 1899, at the camp of the 12th Infantry in the Philippines, the 25th played the 12th a match game of baseball.</p>
1845 Knickerbocker Rules +Evolution or Revolution? A Rule-By-Rule Analysis of the 1845 Knickerbocker Rules
1853 +Clippings in 1853 (1 entries)
1854 +Clippings in 1854 (0 entries)
1854 Unified Kinickerbocker-Eagle-Gotham Rules +Adopted April 1, 1854
1855 +Clippings in 1855 (8 entries)
1856 +Clippings in 1856 (7 entries)
1857 +Clippings in 1857 (28 entries)
1857 Rules +A Rule-by-Rule History Analysis of the Rules Adopted by the 1857 Convention of Base Ball Clubs
1858 +Clippings in 1858 (19 entries)
1870 +<p><span>What was the first organization that had no roots at all in a social club but was formed for the explicit purpose of fielding a professional team, leaving the stockholders or members or whatever they were called to exercise their arms at the poker table and do cardiovascular work by puffing harder on their cigars. I'm thinking the first one was the Chicago club in 1870.</span></p>
19CBB Digest +Summaries of goings-on within 19CBB, 2012-2013
1st Nine of the Effingham BBC v 2nd Nine of the Effingham BBC on 12 July 1873 +<p>The Effingham <em>Democrat</em>, July 17, 1873 reports that "last Saturday" during a picnic at Mason, the two nines of the Effingham Base Ball Club played a game.</p>


21st Century Townball +<p>This game has evolved under the guidance of Daniel Jones of Fresno California.  It is a blend of baseball predecessor games (notably, the Massachusetts Game) with aspects of early town ball and cricket.</p> <p>(A background account is included in the <strong>Supplemental Text</strong> field, below.)</p> <p> </p> <p>From the developer of the game, Daniel Jones:</p> <p><br />"Some features of 21st Century Townball:<br /> <br />1. No foul balls (like TMG - the Massachusetts Game).<br /> <br />2. Stakes, but no base lines (like TMG).<br /> <br />3. Pegging the runners allowed (like TMG).<br /> <br />4. No set batting order (can change each round) (unique).<br /> <br />5. Stakes are 42, 68, 110, 110, 110 feet away, from first to fifth, respectively, in a (Fibonacci) spiral (Similar formation to TMG, but better geometry).<br /> <br />6. A “zone” behind the batter. If the pitch hits it, you are out (like cricket or stoolball).<br /> <br />7. If you hit the ball and don’t run, a strike is called against you (similar to cricket with limited overs).<br /> <br />8. A swing and a miss is only a strike if the catcher catches it (like TMG).<br /> <br />9. Three strikes and you are out. Third strike hit, batter obligated to run (unique, similar to TMG).<br /> <br />10. First team to eight runs, win by five, cap at thirteen, wins the game (similar to TMG).<br /> <br />11. 13 players per side (similar to TMG).<br /> <br /> <br />Equipment:<br /> <br />1860 baseball used (developed by Eric Miklich).<br /> <br />1930’s gloves only (or similar size)<br /> <br />bamboo bats recommended (because the ball is a little heavier)"<br /> <br /><br /></p> <p> </p>
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