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Salience Noteworthy
Location Massachusetts
City/State/Country: Grafton, MA, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

[A] "BASE BALL. A closely contested game of base ball was played in Grafton on Friday afternoon last, between the Hassanamisco Club of Grafton and the Benecia Club of Milford...The playing commenced at nine o'clock in the morning, and at twelve o'clock the Milford boys were ahead about 2 to 1. The playing continued in the afternoon until six, when the game stood as follows: Milford 41, Grafton 29. The Grafton Club claimed the game, however, as the Milford boys refused to continue playing the next day."

[B] Three other games that year for which game times were published last five to six hours.


[A] Boston Herald, Sep. 3, 1860

[B] Boston Herald, June 21, Aug. 10, and Sep. 5, 1860


By 1860, most Massachusetts Rules games were being played to 75 runs, instead of the 100 specified in the rules adopted in 1858. A match for the state championship was abandoned, unfinished, after four days' play.

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 3/27/1860


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