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Knicks Prepare for 1846 Season: Early Match Game in Brooklyn Rained out.

Salience Peripheral
Tags Newspaper Coverage
City/State/Country: Manhattan, NY, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult


[A] "FIELD SPORTS--The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club commence playing for the season, on Tuesday next, at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken."

[B] "The weather was most unfavorable for the sport promised <a club cricket match and> a base ball game between the members of the Knickerbocker Club . . ."



[A]New York Herald, April 6, 1846.

[B] New York Herald, April 14, 1846.



John Thorn's comments, 12/18/2021: "This [exceedingly brief April 6 notice] is not the first appearance of baseball in the daily press, nor even of the Knicks, who came in for mention in the Herald's November 11, 1845 report of an intramural game of the New York Base Ball Club."  See entry 1845.33.

"Interestingly, the Knicks visited the Stars in Brooklyn on April 13, 1846 to play what would have been their first match game, but were rained out. This was reported in the Herald of the following day.

"The April 6, 1846 notice is something that may have been overlooked."


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Were there many known modern games played in Brooklyn prior to this rainout?

Is the expected opponent in the April 13 game known, or was it not really to be a match game? 

If it was to be a match game, do we know that it would have employed the new Knick rules?


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Submitted by John Thorn
Submission Note 19CBB posting and email to Protoball, 12/18/2021


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