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First Known Inter-racial Game of Base-Ball

Salience Noteworthy
Tags African Americans, Antedated Firsts
City/State/Country: Newtown, OH, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"A very interesting game of base-ball was played on the Newtown Grounds on Saturday afternoon, August 7, between the Black Hawks (colored), of Africa, and the Alerts (white) of Plainville. . . . "

The account included a box score showing the Black Hawks as winners, 47-43.


Cincinnati Enquirer, August 11, 1869.


Newtown OH (1880 pop. about 400) is about 10 miles east of Cincinnati, and is across the Little Miami River from Plainville OH.

Previously the September 3, 1869 Pythians-Olympic match in Philadelphia was seen as the first game between a white and non-white club. See 1869.3

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