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New Jersey Club Comes Over to the NY Game

Salience Noteworthy
Location Greater New York City
City/State/Country: Jersey City, NJ, United States
Game Base Ball, OFBB
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

[A] "[The Tribune] reports on a game of 9/25/1855 between the Fear Naught Base Ball Club of Hudson City, New Jersey and the Excelsior Club of Jersey City.  They played five innings each with nine players on each side.  The Excelsiors won 27-7.  The item also notes that he Excelsiors intend to challenge the Gotham Club of New York.  This is a very early game played by a New Jersey [based] club.  It is also interesting because the Excelsiors are known to have also played a non-NY game version, making them a rare example of a club playing two versions in the same season."

['B] "The Excelsior Club of Jersey City was organized July 19, 1855."







[A] New York Daily Tribune, September 27, 1855.

[B] New York Daily Tribune, July 20, 1855.




The deployment of nine players is interesting because the none-player rule was not adopted until 1957; this may indicate that nine-player teams were already conventional beforehand. 

Hudson City became part of Jersey City [1850 pop. about 6800; 1860 pop. about 22,000] in 1870.


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Can we specify any of the rules in older game played earlier in 1855 by the Excelsiors?

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Emails of 6/69/2010


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