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1857.32 Daybreak Club Forms in Providence RI
"Base Ball at Providence - We have received a notification of the formation of the Aurora Base Ball Club at this place, and in accordance with their name, the members meet from 5 to 7 o'clock in the morning. They have been out seven times since March, notwithstanding the pluvious state of the atmospheric phenomena this season."
Porter's Spirit of the Times, Saturday, May 9, 1857.
Is this item newsworthy because it is an early Providence ballclub, because it is a pioneering daybreak club, or neither?
1863.111 Baseball played at Rhode Island Army Hospital
Grzyb, "Rhode Island's Civil War Hospital" (a book about the Portsmouth Grove Hospital in Portsmouth) p. 114 quotes the diary of Pvt. George Peck, 2nd Rhode Island: "Got my ankle hurt today by a bat playing ball." The book notes that ballplaying was a recreation at this hospital.
Grzyb, "Rhode Island's Civil War Hospital" p. 114