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1751.3 New Yorkers Beat London Players in "Great Cricket Match", 167-80

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

“…this day, a great Cricket match is to be played on our commons, by a Company of Londoners against a Company of New-Yorkers. New-York Post-Boy, 4/29/51.

The game played for “a considerable Wager,” there being 11 players on each side, and “according to the London Method: and those who got most Notches in two Hands, to be the Winners.” The New Yorkers won by a total score of 167 to 80. New York Post-Boy, 5/6/51.

Sources:

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1922), Volume IV, page 628.

Year
1751
Item
1751.3
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1778.5 Cricket Game To Be Played at Cannon's Tavern, New York City

Tags:

Pre-Knicks NYC, US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

"The game of Cricket, to be played on Monday next, the 14th inst., at Cannon's Tavern, at Corlear's Hook. Those Gentlemen that choose to become Members of the Club, are desired to attend. The wickets to be pitched at two o'Clock"

Per John Thorn, 6/15/04: from Phelps-Stokes, Vol. VI, Index—ref. against Chronology and Chronology Addenda (Vol. 4aA or 6A); also, Vol. V, p.1068 (6/13/1778): Royal Gazette, 6/13/1778. Later, the cricket grounds were "where the late Reviews were, near the Jews Burying Ground " Royal Gazette, 6/17/1780.

Sources:

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1068.

Phelps Stokes cites Royal Gazette, 6/13/1778 and that a later 1780 note that the cricket grounds were "where the late Reviews were, near the Jews Burying Ground" (Royal Gazette, 6/17/1780.)

 

Year
1778
Item
1778.5
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1778.7 Cricket Club To Play at New York Tavern

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

Vol. V, p.1068 (6/13/1778): “The game of Cricket, to be played on Monday next, the 14th inst., at Cannon’s Tavern, at Corlear’s Hook. Those Gentlemen that choose to become Members of the Club, are desired to attend. The wickets to be pitched at two o’Clock” Royal Gazette, 6/13/1778.

Later, the cricket grounds were  “where the late Reviews were, near the Jews Burying Ground.” Royal Gazette, 6/17/1780.

Sources:

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1068.

Year
1778
Item
1778.7
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1779.1 Cricket Played On Grounds near NYC's Brooklyn Ferry.

Tags:

Pre-Knicks NYC, US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

August 9, 1779, match between Brooklyn and Greenwich Clubs: "A Set of Gentlemen" propose playing a cricket match this day, and every Monday during the summer season, "on the Cricket Ground near Brooklyn Ferry." The company "of any Gentleman to join the set in the exercise" is invited. A large Booth is erected for the accommodation of spectators:" New York Mercury, 8/9/1779

 

Sources:

 

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1922), Volume IV, page 1092.

Year
1779
Item
1779.1
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1780.1 NYC Press Cites Regular Monday Cricket Matches Again

Tags:

Pre-Knicks NYC, US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

A cricket match is advertised to be played on this day, and continued every Monday throughout the summer, "on the Ground where the late Reviews were, near the Jews Burying Ground."

 

Sources:

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1111, also citing New York Mercury, June 19, 1780.

Comment:

Regular Monday matches had been noted in the previous summer: see Chronology entry 1779.1 

Year
1780
Item
1780.1
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1780.2 Challenges for Cricket Matches between Englishmen and Americans

Tags:

Pre-Knicks NYC, US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

On August 19, 11 New Yorkers issued this challenge: "we, in this public manner challenge the best eleven Englishmen in the City of New York to play the game of Cricket . . . for any sum they think proper to stake." On August 26, the Englishmen accepted, suggesting a stake of 100 guineas. On September 6, the news was that the match was on: "at the Jew's Burying-ground, WILL be played on Monday next . . . the Wickets to be pitched at Two O'Clock." We seem to lack a report of the outcome of this match.

 

Sources:

Royal Gazette, August 19, 1780, page 3 column 4; August 26, 1780, page 2 column 2; and September 6, 1780, page 3 column 4. 

Also cited in I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1115.

Year
1780
Item
1780.2
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1780.9 Americans and Englishmen Encouraged to Meet on NYC Cricket Field

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

Challenges for cricket matches between ‘Americans’ and ‘Englishmen” are issued through the newspaper Royal Gazette, 8/19. 8/26, 1780.

The cricket field is at the Jews’ Burying ground.” Royal Gazette, 9/6/80.

Sources:

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1115.

Year
1780
Item
1780.9
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1782.4 Cricket To Be Played Near NYC Shipyards

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

Cricket is to be played “on the green, near the Ship Yards.” Royal Gazette, 7/13/1782

Sources:

I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1150.

Year
1782
Item
1782.4
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1828.15 1828 Advertisement for the Cricket Club in New Orleans

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Location:

US South

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Unknown

The New Orleans Louisiana Advertiser, Feb. 27, 1828, carries an ad saying "Weather permitting, the Cricket Club will meet on the 2d of March, at 10 a.m."

Sources:

The New Orleans Louisiana Advertiser, Feb. 27, 1828

Year
1828
Item
1828.15
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1845c.25 Early Cricket Clubs in the South

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Location:

US South

Game:

Cricket

Tom Melville, "A History of Cricket in America," p. 15: "Cricket clubs were also appearing in other areas of the country, such as Charleston, South Carolina (where the local club seems to have been associated with that city's prestigious Jockey Club)... Natchez, Mississippi... and in Macon, Georgia by 1845."

Sources:

Tom Melville, "A History of Cricket in America," p. 15

Circa
1845
Item
1845c.25
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1847.16 Cricket Match in Hawaii

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

The [Honolulu] Polynesian, July 3, 1847, reports on a "Match of Cricket" in that city between two clubs, the Modeste and the Honolulu, with the former winning. Another mention of a cricket game is in same, Aug. 28, 1847.

There was a large English community in Honolulu at this time. And Hawaii was an independent country.

Sources:

The [Honolulu] Polynesian, July 3, 1847

Year
1847
Item
1847.16
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1856.27 Manhattan CC Forms

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

The Manhattan Cricket Club is formed and includes New York City baseball players Frank Sebring and Joseph Russell of the Empire Base Ball Club.

Sources:

Chadwick Scrapbooks, Vol. 20

Year
1856
Item
1856.27
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1857.3 Long Island Cricket Club Forms

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Game:

Cricket

Age of Players:

Adult

The Long Island Cricket Club is formed. The membership includes baseball player John Holder of the Brooklyn Excelsiors. 

Comment:

Note" add info on the significance of this club?

Year
1857
Item
1857.3
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1857.36 English Residents of Richmond, VA Try Unsuccessfully to Form A Cricket Club, Then Try Base Ball

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Location:

Virginia

Age of Players:

Unknown

[A] The Richmond Whig, April 10, 1857, prints a letter to the editor saying: "Cricket... efforts are being made, by several admirers of the game, to organized a club in this city..." The letter is signed by "English readers" of the newspaper.

[B] "Base Ball at Richmond, Va.-- The failure of the Cricket Club last summer has in no wise disheartened some of the members, who, feeling the necessity of out-door exercise, are now busily at work endeavoring to get up a base ball club for the present season."

Sources:

[A] The Richmond Whig, April 10, 1857

[B] The Spirit of the Times, June 12, 1858

Year
1857
Item
1857.36
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1859.53 Cricket Club formed in Savannah, GA in 1859

Tags:

US cricket clubs

Location:

Georgia

Game:

Cricket

The Augusta Chronicle, Aug. 26, 1859: "Cricket--A club for the practice of this manly game, has just been formed by a number of young men of Savannah."

In November a match was reported: "Savannah Items...The Cricket Match--The match on Thursday last was played by sides chosen by Messers. St. Croix and Armitage." The former won 91 to 86 in two innings.

Sources:

The Augusta Chronicle, Aug. 26, 1859

The Charleston (SC) Courier, Nov. 9, 1859, 

Year
1859
Item
1859.53
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1859.56 Ten to One

Tags:

US cricket clubs

At the American Cricket Convention in April 1859: 

"Mr. Wallace, of the St. George's club, stated that there would be a cricket ground in the Central Park, but it would not be finished this year, and when finished, the base ball players would claim it.  As there were ten base ball players for one cricket player, it was very doubtful as to who would get the ground, though the Commissioners were willing to favor the cricketers."

Sources:

New York Sun, May 3, 1859 

Year
1859
Item
1859.56
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1859.70 Central Park a Boon to National Prowess in Base Ball, Cricket, Etc.

Tags:

Newspaper Coverage, US cricket clubs

Age of Players:

Adult

"Though we have not yet attained such proficiency in the game of cricket as to be a match for the Englishmen or Canadians, we expect to be ahead of them not very long hence.  In the meantime we have nationalized the more active game of base ball.

"The opening of the Central Park comes on most opportunely to aid in this new phase of our social development. . .  [T]he Park will be the place."

The full Herald editorial is below.

 

Sources:

   New York Herald, July 20, 1859, p. 5, cols. 1-2  

Comment:

Other items referring to the use of Central Park for baserunning games are at 1859.35 (base ball asks for access, 1859.56 (cricket community wary of 10-to-1 edge in local support for base ball), 1860.69 (Knickerbocker eyes way to use the Park), and 1864.36 (further hopes for base ball access.)

Year
1859
Item
1859.70
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