Amherst College Club of Amherst
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|Nick Name||Amherst College|
|Earliest Known Date||1859|
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|Location||Amherst, MA, United States|
In the first intercollegiate baseball game ever played, Amherst defeats Williams 73-32 in 26 innings, played under the Massachusetts Game rules. The contest is staged in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a neutral site, at the invitation of the Pittsfield Base Ball Club.
The two schools also competed at chess that weekend. A two-page broadsheet tells of Amherst taking on Williams in both base ball and chess. Headline: "Muscle and mind!"
The New York Clipper thought that the game's wimpy ball lessened the fun: "The ball used by Amherst was small, soft, and with so little elasticity that a hard throw upon the floor would cause of rebound of scarcely a foot." Ryczek goes on to say that the ball, while more suitable for plugging than the Association ball, detracted from the excitement of the game because it was not or could not be hit or thrown far.
See protoball entry 1859.1.
Pittsfield Sun, July 7, 1859. Protoball entry 1859.1., Block, p. 219. Ryczek, p. 127.
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|Found by||Bruce Allardice|
|First in Location||Amherst, MA|
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