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Early Use of "Battery" As Pitcher-Catcher Pairing
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|City/State/Country:||New York, NY, United States|
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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..."
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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|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.