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Christmas Bash Includes "Good Old Fashioned Game of Baseball"

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Holidays
Location Greater New York City
City/State/Country: NYC, NY, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Holiday Christmas

"On Christmas day, the drivers, agents, and other employees of the various Express Companies in the City, had a turnout entirely in character. . . . There were between seventy-five and eighty men in the company . . . . They then went to the residence of A. M. C. Smith, in Franklin st., and thence to the Red House in Harlem, where the whole party has a good old fashioned game of base ball, and then a capital dinner at which A. M. C. Smith presided."



New York Daily Tribune, December 29, 1851. 


Richard added: "Finally this is a very rare contemporary cite of baseball for this period. Between the baseball fad of the mid-1840s and its revival in the mid-1850s, baseball is rarely seen outside the pages of the Knickerbocker club books." John Thorn contributed a facsimile of the Tribune article.

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Can we surmise that by using the term "old fashioned game," the newspaper is distinguishing it from the Knickerbocker game?

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Posted to 19CBB on 11/11/2008


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