Ballgame in Belgium in 1897

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Date of Game 1897
Location Belgium
Description

"The first notice of Belgian baseball in the American press dates back to 1897. A small blurb in the Washington Post on 5 April of that year makes mention of a T. Devrovre of Brussels, who was the President of the Baseball Association of France and Belgium." The general sense is that the game had spread northward from France after France presumably promoted play in 1889 after the Spalding tour visited Paris.

Josh Chetwynd, Baseball in Europe (McFarland, 2008), page 75.

Chetwynd also notes: " . . . Belgium and their Dutch neighbors appeared to be baseball equals before World War II. Between 1934 and 1936, the two countries squared off six times, and the Belgians prevailed in four of those contests."

Query: Can we learn more about the nature and extent of play in the 1890s, and the nature of the Belgium-Netherlands series?

First in Location Belgium
Players Locality Local
Entry Origin Sabrpedia



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