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New York Game Likely Comes to Rochester NY

Salience Noteworthy
Location Western New York
City/State/Country: Rochester, NY, United States
Game Base Ball
Age of Players Adult

[A] the town's first team, the Live Oak Club, formed in 1857.

[B] A member of the club, quoted in 1902, also gave 1857 as the inaugural year, noting that the club "played unnoticed" that season. 

Boys were arrested for playing baseball on Sunday. Rochester Union and Advertiser, May 4, 1857. 




[A] Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (August 6, 1869), 

[B] Rochester Post Express, May 1, 1902.


Rochester baseball historian Priscilla Astifan [email of March 24, 2010] points out that it seems certain that the National Association rules were in effect in 1858, as seen in published box scores in that year.

One source, however, suggests a different club and an earlier year for base ball's local debut. "The first baseball club in Rochester was organized about 1855. . . . The first club was the Olympics." The 1855 Source: "Baseball Half a Century Ago," Rochester Union and Advertiser, March 24, 1903. The article does not refer to evidence for this claim, and Priscilla Astifan cannot find any, either.

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