In St. Louis in 1875

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Date of Game 1875
Game "base ball"
Location St. Louis, MO, United States
Has Source On Hand No
Number of Players Over 40
NY Rules No - Predecessor


"On a side note, just found a reference to a game of "base ball" in St. Louis in 1875 that involved "forty or fifty" players.  This was played among children at the House of Refuge, which was a home for the orphaned or indigent.  Have to assume that this was a game played according to pre-baseball traditions.  I think it's unique in that the latest reference to town ball I've found in the St. Louis papers comes during the Civil War - 1861 or so.  Based on this, it's possible that these early baseball traditions survived in St. Louis for much longer than I imagined."  



Email from Jeff Kittel, 10/23/2013.

Submitted by Jeffrey Kittel
Submission Note Email of 10/23/2013


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