Chronology:Ice Base Ball
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1861.5 15,000 Watch Ice Base Ball in Bkn: Atlantic 37, Charter Oak 26.
Ice Base Ball
"[A] novel game of base ball was played on the skating-pond in the Eighth Ward, between the Atlantic and Charter Oak Base Ball Clubs. Ten members of each Club were selected for the match, and the game was played on skates, the prize being a silver ball. The Atlantic ten won the ball, making 37 runs to 27 by their opponents. Some 15,000 people witnessed the game."
"Base Ball on Skates," Philadelphia Inquirer (February 6, 1861).
This bit was also reprinted in the pro-Confederacy Columbus OH paper The Crisis (February 14, 1861).
Coverage of the game, including the box score, appeared in The Spirit of the Times (Feb. 9), the New York Sunday Mercury (Feb. 10), and the New York Clipper (Feb. 16).