Collingwood v Richmond in Melbourne in February 1857

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Date of Game February 1857
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Home Team  Add Club Page Collingwood
Away Team  Add Club Page Richmond
Score 350 - 230
NY Rules Doubtful

From Protoball Entry #1857.17 – Base Ball in Melbourne?

"The first recorded baseball event in Australia was a series of three games between Collingwood and Richmond. The scores were astronomical, with Collingwood winning the second match 350-230! The early Australian baseball players were probably playing a variation of cricket, rounders, and the New York Game and possibly counting each base attained as a run."

Joe Clark, A History of Australian Baseball (U Nebraska Press, 2003), page 5. Clark then cites "a well-traveled myth in the American baseball community . . . that the first baseball played in Australia was by Americans on the gold fields of Ballarat in 1857 . . . . No documentation has ever been produced for a Ballarat gold fields game [also page 5]."

Similarly: Phil Lowry reports a 3-inning game in Melbourne, Victoria on February 21 or 28, 1857. The score was 350 to 230, and rules called for a run to be counted each time a baserunner reached a new base." Posting to 19CBB by Phil Lowry 11/1/2006.

Protoball record 1857.7 from Protoball project

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