Whittemore side v Randall side in May 1869

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Date of Game May 1869
Game Old Fashioned Base Ball
Location Newark, NJ, United States
Field  Add Field Page Clinton Avenue
Home Team  Add Club Page Whittemore side
Away Team  Add Club Page Randall side
Score 29 46
Has Source On Hand No
Number of Players 17
NY Rules No - Predecessor
Sources Newark Evening Courier, 5/25/1869; Newark Morning Register, 5/25/1869

Two Newark papers covered this game as an amusing interlude.  A crowd of 300 to 400 was reported, a "large proportion" of which were female.

It was described as the "old-time stinging" game, one that showed how much 'Base Ball' had changed in the past two decades. Some contrasts:

Bats: instead of "nicely rounded ash," bats included "miniature bread shovels" and "exaggerated exercise clubs"

Bases: "wooden stakes, some fifteen inches high."

Pitches: intentionally hittable.

Foul Outs: "tick and catch," with fouls "ignored."

Innings: all-out-side-out.

Foul territory:  None.

Baserunning outs:  By "burning."

Bound rule: Out if caught on fly or one or three bounces.

John Zinn reports (email of 11/20/2020) that the Antiquarian Knickerbocker Club played such games annually after the Civil War.



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