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IL "Base Ball and Wicket Club" Takes the Field

Salience Peripheral
Location Illinois
City/State/Country: Ottawa, IL, United States
Game Wicket
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult


Base Ball -- Ottawa vs. Marseilles


 "Some two weeks ago the Marseilles Base Ball Club challenged the Base Ball and Wicket Club of Ottawa to a trial of skill. - The challenge was promptly accepted, and Friday of last week fixed as the day and Marseilles the place for the game.  At the time appointed, although the weather was intensely hot, the game was played with great spirit, yet with the utmost good feeling throughout, on both sides...


  "J.H. Burlison, of Ottawa, and A.B. Thompson, of Marseilles acted as the Umpires.  The time occupied in the game as 3 hours and 40 minutes.  


 "The Ottawa boys, it will be seen, came out 21 points ahead.  The Marseilles boys took their defeat in great good humor, and had prepared a grand supper at the close of the contest, which however, owing to the late hour and their fatigue, the Ottawa boys did not remain to discuss".


 A spare box score shows the Ottawa Club winning a three-inning contest, 230 to 207.  It appears to have been a game of wicket.


Ottawa Free Trader, June 26, 1858





A wicket club in Illinois?  Really?

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Jeff Kittel notes:   "Protoball doesn't have any references to wicket clubs in Illinois during this period, although there is a reference to a 1857 club in Iowa. Ottawa and Marseilles are in LaSalle County, Illinois, on the Illinois River, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.  It's possible that the game experienced a period of popularity in central Illinois and Iowa.  Clinton City, where the Iowa wicket club was located, is on the Mississippi, about sixty miles west of Ottawa and Marseilles.  Now the headline says that this was a game of base ball, rather than wicket, but the box score, which I attached, is kind of odd - three innings, possibly playing first to 200 runs.  Sadly, they don't give us any information on the number of players per side."    

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Submitted by Jeffrey Kittel
Submission Note Email of 12/1/2013.


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