United States Club, Mershin's side v United States Club, Bears' side on 20 November 1857undefined

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Date of Game Friday, November 20, 1857
Game Town Ball
Location Philadelphia, PA, United States
Home Team  Add Club Page United States Club, Mershin's side
Away Team  Add Club Page United States Club, Bears' side
Score 117 82
Has Source On Hand No
Number of Players 6
NY Rules No - Predecessor

The New York Clipper, Dec. 5, 1857, reports on a town ball game Nov. 20th in Philadelphia between two sides of the United States Club. Six on each side. Mershin's side 117, Bears' side 82.

Richard Hershberger identifies at least 3 more town ball clubs in Philadelphia (Olympic, Excelsior, Athletic), plus 4 in neighboring Germantown (Honey Run, Marion, Balsch and Charter Oak) and 1 in neighboring Camden, NJ (Camden).

For mentions of the games of the Philadelphia town ball clubs, see New York Clipper June 19, July 3 and Nov. 20, 1858 (Camden vs. Olympic); Nov. 5, 1859 (Excelsior vs. Athletic, 11 a side); Aug, 4 and 11, 1860 (Excelsior vs. Camden). See also Philadelphia Inquirer Dec. 13, 1860 (Excelsior switches to baseball); July 25, 1860 (Excelsior vs. Camden);  May 20, Nov. 11, 1858 (Olympic vs. Camden); Sept. 12, 1859 (Olympic vs. "Atlantic" (Athletic?)); Philadelphia Press March 30, 1860 (Honey Run intersquad game); Nov. 24, 1859 (Camden vs. Athletic); Nov. 5, 1859 (Athletic vs. Olympic); Oct. 28, 1859 (Olympic vs. Athletic). The Excelsior and Olympic are known to have switched to NY rules baseball around 1860.


"Town Ball," The New York Clipper, Dec. 5, 1857

Hershberger article in "Base Ball" (2007).

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