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Daily Base Ball Games Found in Public Square in Cleveland

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Bans
Location Ohio
City/State/Country: Cleveland, OH, United States
Modern Address Superior Avenue and Ontario Street, Cleveland
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Unknown

"Base Ball at Cleveland This truly national game is daily played in the public square, and one of the city authorities decided that there was law against it. When appealed to, he quietly informed the players that there was no law against ball-playing there . . . The crowd sent up a shout and renewed the game, which continued until dark."



Porter's Spirit of the Times, April 18, 1857. Facsimile contributed by Gregory Christiano, December 2, 2009. 


No details on the rules used in these games is provided. Others have dated the arrival of the Association game in Ohio to 1864.

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