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1857.48 First Known Appearance of Term "New York Game"

Tags:

Antedated Firsts, Newspaper Coverage

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

"The Tri-Mountain Base Ball Club has been organized... This Club has decided to play the "New York Game," which consists in pitching instead of throwing the ball." 

See also item 1857.5

Sources:

Boston Herald, June 15, 1857

Comment:

Richard Hershberger notes: "The earliest citation in Dickson's Baseball Dictionary is from 1859. It is interesting that the first use seems to come from the Boston side of things, and predates the Dedham convention (which laid out the rules of the Massachusetts Game). The point is the same as it would be over the next few years, to conveniently distinguish versions of baseball."

So this find antedates a baseball first.

John Thorn notes: 

"The phrase "New York Game" may have owed something to the fact that the
principal Tri-Mountain organizer had been a player with the Gotham Base
Ball Club of New York, whose roots predated the formation of the
Knickerbocker BBC."

https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/early-baseball-in-boston-d86107fb8560

Bob Tholkes notes:

"'New York' instead of 'national:' in what turned out to be a shrewd marketing move, was referring to a "national" pastime, implicitly sweeping aside regional variations, and in March 1858 called their organization the National Association, which the New York Clipper (April 3, 1858)considered a howl."

 

 

Year
1857
Item
1857.48
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1864.58 Early Use of "Battery" As Pitcher-Catcher Pairing

Tags:

Antedated Firsts

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

[Active vs. Eureka 7/24/1864]  "As regards the pitching, 'Walker's battery' proved to be very effective in aiding to achieve the result..."  


from Richard Hershberger's 19CBB posting, September 21, 2017: "Walker was the pitcher for the Actives.  I take the form 'Walker's battery' to be a riff off the military usage of the day of naming a unit by its commander, e.g. "Sykes' Division."  Walker here is the commander of the battery, which consists of himself and Rooney, the catcher."





 

 

Sources:

New York Sunday Mercury July 10, 1864

 

 

Comment:

Note:  

A few days earlier, Richard had noticed the use of "battery" in a July 26 game report:  see Supplementary Text, below.

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, page 86, citing the Chadwick Scrapbooks, had the first use of "battery" as 1868 (third edition).

 

 

 

Query:

Is the reported date correct?  A July 24 match was reported on July 10? 

Year
1864
Item
1864.58
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