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Eureka! A Press Credential

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Tags Antedated Firsts, Newspaper Coverage
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Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"The plan introduced by the Eureka Club of having tickets for the regular reporters of the press, none other to occupy seats near the scorer, should be adopted by all our clubs and public ground proprietors."


New York Sunday Mercury, June 23, 1867


As of March 2021, this appears to be the earliest reference to a right -- in the form of special tickets -- to exclusive seating being bestowed to reporters. 

Peter Morris discusses press coverage arrangements in Morris, A Game of Inches (Ivan Dee, 2006), section 14.5.3, pp 403 ff.  He cites  two Henry Chadwick sources of press areas in June and August 1867 at the Brooklyn Union Grounds and then the Capitoline and Irvington grounds. 

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Are earlier cases known?

Is it known whether these press accommodations were normally granted by a ball club, like the Eureka, or by the owner of the ballfield?

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 3/11/2021


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