Chiriqui Province team v Panama Cricket and Baseball Club on 7 January 1883

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Date of Game Sunday, January 7, 1883
Location Chiriqui, Panama
Home Team  Add Club Page Chiriqui Province team
Away Team  Add Club Page Panama Cricket and Baseball Club
NY Rules Likely

"There are still others, however, who attribute its [baseball's] origins to another group of Americans who, as early as 1855, would spend their free time from their labors on the Panama Railroad to play baseball. Even the Panamanian historian Ramon G. Pérez Medina in his book entitled “Historia del Béisbol Panameño” (“The History of Panamanian Baseball”) said that it was initiated by the American residents of The Panama Railroad Company along with some American traders who used to play friendly games of baseball following the rudimentary rules of the time.

Another clue comes to us from a Star and Herald newspaper byline dated Tuesday, January 9, 1883, which cites that a baseball game was played in Chiriqui Plaza, Sunday January 7 of the same year. The game, said the note, was between a home team from that Province and members of the Panama Cricket and Baseball Club which resulted in an easy victory for the latter. We can safely conclude that the entire Panama Cricket and Baseball Club was composed of the Westindian workers who worked on the French Canal construction and had adapted their beloved game to the Yankee sport." NOTE: At this time Panama was a province of Colombia, not an independent country.




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Found by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Panama


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