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Boston Clubs Play for Ten Boxes of Cigars

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Pre-modern Rules
City/State/Country: Boston, MA, United States
Game Massachusetts Game
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"The Aurora Ball Club and Olympic Ball Club will play best 3 in 5 games at Base ball on Tremont street mall on Friday next at half past 5 o'clock for 10 boxes of Havana Cigars.  The public are invited to be present.  A sufficient force will be in attendance to prevent confusion." [Full Item]


Boston Herald, September 7, 1853.


The rules for this match are not known.


Four years later, the Olympic Club's written rules show similarity to the Dedham rules for the Massachusetts Game that appeared in 1858. 

Best-of-three and best-of-five formats are later seen in matches in MA and upstate NY; the "best-of" format may have been common in the game or games that evolved into the Mass Game. 


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Was a form of unpleasant "confusion" anticipated?  Like what?

Do we know any more about the Aurora Club?

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Submitted by David Nevard,
Submission Note October 4, 2014


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