Crew of USS Powhatan v Chalaca Base Ball Club in February 1867

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Date of Game February 1867 No later than February 10
Location Callao, Peru
Field  Add Field Page Race Course Grounds
Home Team  Add Club Page Crew of USS Powhatan
Away Team  Add Club Page Chalaca Base Ball Club
Score 35 - 30
NY Rules Likely

"Dear Mercury -- The folowing is the score of a game of bse-ball, played on the Race Course grounds in <this?> place, between the officers of the U.S. flag-ship Powhatan and the Chalaca Base Ball Club, the latter composed of American residents of Callao.

"It may be interesting to know that this is the first match game of base ball ever played in South America, and it promises to be the forerunner of many morer, as the Americans seem determined to show off the beauties of their national sport to the uninitated Peruvians and Chilanos. Along the coast many clubs are forming, Valparaiso [Chile] boasting of two. It will pleasantly break the monotony of the life our officers on the Pacific stations lead, and give them a much needed opportunity for exercise. Cricket is played in all parts of the world where there are Englishmen -- why not base ball where there are Americans?"

The account includes a box score showing that the ship's officers won, 35-30.


Philadelphia Sunday Mercury, March 10, 1867.

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Found by Richard Hershberger
First in Location Peru First game in Peru
Players Locality Non-local
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

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