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First Ball of the Base Ball Clubs Attracts 200 Couples at Niblo's Saloon
|Tags||Ball in the CultureBall in the Culture|
|Location||Greater New York CityGreater New York City|
|City/State/Country:||NYC, NY, United States|
|Modern Address||the block between Broadway and Crosby Street|
|Game||Base BallBase Ball|
|Immediacy of Report||Contemporary|
|Age of Players||AdultAdult|
Seven clubs participated in the first Ball of the Base Ball Clubs, "at Niblo's", attracting about 200 couples. The evening was pronounced "very satisfactory".
Organizers are discussed in the Supplemental Material, from Richard Hershberger, below
New York Tribune, January 25, 1856
New York Atlas, January 6, 1856.
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|Submitted by||Bob Tholkes, Richard Hershberger|
|Submission Note||2/25/2014, 1/7/2020|
|Has Supplemental Text||Yes|
Tue Jan 7, 2020 9:11 am (PST) . Posted to 19CBB by Richard Hershberger
We have previously discussed the abortive baseball convention in December of 1855. It bubbled up, then sank again, never thereafter to be seen. Or so I thought. Its stated purpose was to arrange a banquet and playing rules for the various clubs. The playing rules bit had to wait until early 1857. . . . The New York Atlas has recently become available on genealogybank. The issue of January 6, 1856 has an advertisement for the banquet:
"The First Annual Ball and Supper of the Associated Base Ball Clubs, will take place a Niblo’s Saloon, Jan., 23, 1856. Tickets admitting a Gentleman and two Ladies, $5. Tickets can be had of any of the following Committee: Thomas G. Van Cott, 84 Columbia st., Chas. G. Cornell, 68 Third st. Jas. Cameron, 92 Elm st. M. Grey, [illegible] Fifth st. L. M. Bergen, 58 Carlton av., Brooklyn."
Van Cott is unsurprising. He was the great early (and unsung today) promoter of the game. I don't know anything about the next three. Bergen is an interesting inclusion. This is Leonard Bergen, of the Atlantics. He would a bit later be the hapless participant in one of the earliest pay-to-play scandals.