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Early Use of "Battery" As Pitcher-Catcher Pairing

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[Active vs. Eureka 7/24/1864]  "As regards the pitching, 'Walker's battery' proved to be very effective in aiding to achieve the result..."  

from Richard Hershberger's 19CBB posting, September 21, 2017: "Walker was the pitcher for the Actives.  I take the form 'Walker's battery' to be a riff off the military usage of the day of naming a unit by its commander, e.g. "Sykes' Division."  Walker here is the commander of the battery, which consists of himself and Rooney, the catcher."




New York Sunday Mercury July 10, 1864





A few days earlier, Richard had noticed the use of "battery" in a July 26 game report:  see Supplementary Text, below.

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, page 86, citing the Chadwick Scrapbooks, had the first use of "battery" as 1868 (third edition).




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Is the reported date correct?  A July 24 match was reported on July 10? 

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note 19CBB Posting, 9/21/2017
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[Atlantic vs. Eureka 7/26/1864] "On the Atlantic side, however, a new member of the nine 'put in an appearance' in the form of 'Picket,' the well known pitcher of the champion club last season, who played at right field in this game, picket duty being new of a man who has hitherto had sole charge of the battery of the regiment he belonged to."  From  Brooklyn Eagle July 27, 1864

Hershberger opined: . "Not a completely clean use, as Chad is having fun riffing off the name and the use of "battery" gets included in his pun cascade.