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Wicket Club Plays in Ohio -- Ladies Bestow MVP Prize

Salience Noteworthy
Location Ohio
City/State/Country: Sandusky, OH, United States
Game Wicket
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"This evening members of the "Excelsior Wicket Club" contest for the prize of a boquet [sic], to be awarded the player who makes the most innings. 

The ladies are to be on the club ground--the Huron Park--and award the prize to the winner.  Happy fellow, he!  May there be steady hands and cool heads that some nice young man shall win very sweet smiles as well as the sweet flowers."


Sandusky Register,  5/12/1855.


Richard Hershberger, who dug up this notice, notes that this club was an early case of an organized wicket club. 

New England generally was a late comer to organized clubs as the medium for team sports.  Cricket is the exception, with some clubs in imitation of the English model and, from the 1840s on, clubs largely composed of English immigrants. 

"Wicket followed a model of village teams, with no obvious sign of formal club structures of constitutions and officers and the like.  We don't see that until the mid-1850s, and then more with baseball than with wicket.  Even with what where nominally baseball clubs, I suspect that many were actually closer to the village team model, with a bit of repackaging."

Sandusky OH (1855 pop. probably around 7000) is in northernmost OH, about 50 miles SE of Toledo and about 50 miles W of Cleveland.

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Do we know what  "makes the most innings" means in the newspaper account?

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Emails of 8/13/2010 and 8/23/2010


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