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Interclub Second Nine Play

Salience Peripheral
City/State/Country: Hoboken, NJ, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

[A] "Friend P.-- Although rather late, I will take the liberty of sending you the result of a Home-and-Home Match of Base Ball played recently between the second nine of the Knickerbocker and the first nine of the Eagle Club..."

[B] "BASE BALL. A match of this beautiful and national game was played on Friday last, between the Eagle and Knickerbocker Clubs...Six of the best men of the Knickerbocker Club were barred from playing in this match."


[A] Spirit of the Times, November 25, 1854

[B] New York Sunday Mercury, November 12, 1854


The first instance of selection of a second nine by an organized club, prompted by acceptance of a match with an opponent (the Eagle) regarded as too inexperienced to be competitive with the Knicks' best players. Second nine interclub play would continue throughout the amateur era, and continue into the professional era in the form of reserve nines.

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 2/24/2014


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