In Camp Floyd in 1859

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Date of Game 1859
Location Camp Floyd, UT, United States
NY Rules Likely

The Louisville Daily Courier, April 23, 1859, prints a "Letter from Camp Floyd," Utah Territory, which reads in part: "The amusement of camp consists now of horse-racing, base ball, cricket, etc., and draws crowds of idlers."

Camp Floyd was a short-lived army camp/post, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, where the soldiers of the "Mormon Expedition" of 1858-60 camped. A shanty "town" grew around it. It was soon abandoned.


The Louisville Daily Courier, April 23, 1859

Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location UT



177 days ago
Score 0
The Deseret News, July 30, 1862, under the headline "Twentieth Ward Sports" reports that Bishop Sharp sponsored sports for local youths on the 24th, including "ball-playing, running, putting the stone,... gymnastics." The nature of the "ball playing" isn't specified. If baseball, it was the first game in Utah played by inhabitants.

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