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Soldiers on leave play ball in Chicago

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Civil War, Military
Location IL
City/State/Country: Chicago, IL, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

The Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1864 reports that the Turchin Base Ball Club of the 19th Illinois Infantry will play a base ball game this afternoon at the Prairie Cricket grounds, West Madison St., Chicago. "All friends of the Nineteenth, and of this healthy and invigorating game, are expected to attend."

Basil Turchin was colonel and commander of the 19th. Some members of the 19th had played for the prewar Excelsiors of Chicago.


The Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1864

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Submitted by Bruce Allardice


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