Ballgame in Cleveland in 1857

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Date of Game 1857
Location Cleveland, OH, United States
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From Protoball Entry #1857.7 – Daily Base Ball Games [NY-Style] Found in Public Square in Cleveland?

“Base Ball at Cleveland -- This truly national game is daily played in the public square, and one of the city authorities decided that there was law against it. When appealed to, he quietly informed the players that there was no law against ball-playing there . . . The crowd sent up a shout and renewed the game, which continued until dark.”

Query: Do we know what details led Porter’s to conclude that the Association game had reached Cleveland OH? Others have dated the arrival in Ohio of the Association game to 1864.


Porter’s Spirit of the Times, April 18, 1857. Facsimile contributed by Gregory Christiano, December 2, 2009.

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1575 days ago
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This Porter's article is taken from an article in the Cleveland Leader, April 8, 1857. The original article refers to the players playing "the invigorating old game of Base Ball." Since it is referred to as an "old" game, query whether a predecessor games was played here, rather than NY rules.


1575 days ago
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Other articles refer to people playing the "ancient game" of baseball. See Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 29, 1858. The Cleveland Herald, March 30, 1858 (cited in Morris, "Baseball Pioneers" 125, 133) refers to the playing of "the grand old American game of base-ball" and same, May 4, 1858 says an "epidemic" of "base ball" is sweeping the city.


1572 days ago
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The first base ball club in Cleveland was organized in 1865, according to the Cleveland Daily Leader, Oct. 21, 1865.

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