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1857.27 Game of Wicket Reaches IA

Location:

Iowa

Game:

Wicket

Age of Players:

Adult

"BALL GAMES IN THE WEST. - It is with pleasure that we observe the gradual progression of these healthy and athletic games westward. A Wicket Club has recently been organized in Clinton City , Iowa, which is looked on with much favor by the young men of that locality."

Sources:

New York Clipper, June 13, 1857. Facsimile provide by Craig Waff, September 2008.

Also covered in Porter's Spirit of the Times, June 20, 1857

Year
1857
Item
1857.27
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1858.15 Base Ball Arrives in Heaven? "No, This is Iowa"

Location:

Iowa

Game:

Base Ball

Age of Players:

Adult

"John Liepa of Indianola presented a history of early baseball and the origins of the game in the state. John has pinpointed 1858 as the first reference to baseball in Iowa (in the city of Davenport), although naturally that is subject to change."

 

Sources:

From a report of the Field of Dreams SABR Chapter [the Iowa chapter] meeting at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, IA, October 16, 2004.

John Thorn [email, 2/10/2008] suggests that the source may be the Davenport Daily Gazette, June 2, 1858, which states "The baseball clubs were both out yesterday afternoon."

Year
1858
Item
1858.15
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