Early baseball in Massachusetts/Club 1

From SABR Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search
Spread of baseball: Home -> Massachusetts -> Early baseball in Massachusetts/Club 1
Location Massachusetts
Year 1857
City Boston
State MA
Country US
Nickname Tri-Mountains
First in Massachusetts Yes

From Protoball Entry #1857.5 – The Tide Starts Turning in New England – Trimountains Adopt NY Game

"BASE BALL IN BOSTON. – Another club has recently organized in Boston, under the title of the Mountain [Tri-Mountain, actually – Boston had three prominent city hills then] Base Ball Club. They have decided upon playing the game the same as played in New York, viz.: to pitch instead of throwing the ball, also to place the men on the bases, and not throw the ball at a man while running, but to touch him with it when he arrives at the base. If a ball is struck [next word, perhaps "beyond," is blacked out: "outside" is written in margin] the first and third base, it is to be considered foul, and the batsman is to strike again. This mode of playing, it is considered, will become more popular than the one now in vogue, in a short time. Mr. F. Guild, the treasurer of the above named club, is now in New York, and has put himself under the instructions of the gentlemen of the Knickerbocker. . . . "The New York Clipper (June 13, 1857 [per handwritten notation in clipping book]). Facsimile provided by Craig Waff, September 2008.

Note: The Trimountain Club's 1857 by-laws simply reprint the original 13 rules of the Knickerbocker Club: facsimile from "Origins of Baseball" file at the Giamatti Center in Cooperstown.

Personal tools