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Union Club Offers Season Tickets in Washington Paper

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Antedated Firsts, Business of Baseball
Location Washington
City/State/Country: Washington, DC, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"The Union Base Ball Club, of Lansingburg, New York, will arrive here today and play a match game with the Nationals, near the State Department, on Wednesday afternoon.  Season tickets may be had at Cronin's, or at James Nolan's at No. 372 Pennsylvania Avenue, near Sixth Street.  The price of a single admission ticket for a gentleman and ladies is fixed at twenty-five cents."


 Daily Morning Chronicle, September 3, 1867.


From Bob Tholkes, 11/2/2021:  "First reference I've seen in '67 for sale of season tickets...seller not named, though likely the Nationals. Innovation?"


Note: Peter Morris' fine A Game of Inches: The Story Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball (Ivan R. Dee, 2006), section 15.1.1, notes that the White Stockings charged $10 for a season ticket in 1870.  Like the 1867 Washington offering, the Forest Cities of Cleveland in 1871 noted that a $10 season ticket would admit both a gentleman and lady, but the club also sold season tickets for individual entrants at $6.

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Is earlier use of season tickets known?

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note Email of 11/2/2021


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