Atlanta Base Ball Club v Gate City BBC of Atlanta on 12 May 1866

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Date of Game Saturday, May 12, 1866
Location Atlanta, GA, United States
Field Hunter Street Grounds
Home Team Atlanta Base Ball Club
Away Team Gate City BBC of Atlanta
Score 29 - 127

The first organized baseball game played in Atlanta took place May 12, 1866, in a field on Hunter Street west of Oakland Cemetery. The Atlanta Base Ball Club lost to a newly formed challenger, the Gate City Base Ball Club, 127 to 29.[Franklin Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs (1954), pp. 725-727]

Atlanta GA (1860 population 9500, 1870 population about 23,000) is about 230 miles NW of Savannah.  We are trying to verify the location of Gate City GA.


Franklin Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs (1954), pp. 725-727.

A description of the game, apparently played by New York rules, appears in Tim Darnell, The Crackers -- Early Days of Atlanta Baseball (pub. date and page ref. TBD).


For a modern article on this game and the clubs, see

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Found by Alan Morris, Bruce Allardice
First in Location Atlanta, GA
Players Locality Local
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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