Eckford Club of Brooklyn v Atlantic Club of Brooklyn on 21 July 1862

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Date of Game Monday, July 21, 1862
Location Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Modern Address Marcy Ave, Rutledge Street, Lynch Street and Harrison Avenue (E Miklich)
Field  Add Field Page Union Base Ball Grounds
Home Team Eckford Club of Brooklyn
Away Team Atlantic Club of Brooklyn
Score 5 - 39
Number of Players 18
Game Officials Umpire, A.T. Pearsall (Excelsior); Scorer Eckford, D.J. McAslan; Scorer Atlantic, Boughton.

Wright lists this game as August 18 but Miklich's research proves otherwise.


(1) “Brooklyn News: Base Ball Match: Atlantic Club vs. Eckford Club,” NYT, vol. 11, no. 3378 (22 Jul 1862), p. 8, col. 5
(2) Peverelly, p. 64 & 74 [date: 18 Aug 1862]
(3) Wright, pp. 67 & 70 [date: 18 Aug 1862]
(4) “Eckford vs Atlantic,” WSOT, vol. [xx], no. [xx], (26 July 1862), p. [xx], col. 3
(5) “Atlantic vs Eckford – Second Contest for the Champion Silver Ball,” WSOT, vol. [xx], no. [xx], (2 Aug 1862), p. 340, col. 1-2
(6) “The Grand Match for the Championship,” MBBS, vol. 1,  (1862-1863), p. 8, col. 1-2
(7) “Great Base Ball Match,” BDE, vol. 21, no. 172, (22 July 1862), p. 2, col. 5-6
(8) “Return Match for the Champion Silver Ball,” NYSM, vol. 24, no. 29 (27 Jul 1862), p. [xx], col. 1-2

Has Source On Hand Yes

Eight thousand people made an appearance for the second match in the Silver Ball series and 1,500 were admitted inside the Union Grounds.

As per the New York Sunday Mercury, "The chalk line, for foul balls, was extended beyond the bases into the field, on each side, so that there could be no mistake as regarding foul balls - the umpire and spectators alike having a fair view of the ball when it struck near the line." 

As per the written rules for the 1862 season, the foul ball lines were to marked on the field from home base to the first and third bases.  Foul Ball posts, six to eight feet high, were to be placed on the imaginary foul ball line, 100 feet behind first and third base as per the 1860 rules.  These posts generally had a flag or banner with colors representing the home club.  ***The foul ball lines were not required to be marked on the playing field until the written rules for the 1861 season.  This does not suggest that it was not done earlier.  In fact it probably was and as is the case in the development of base ball, this rule was instituted to overcome controversial umpire calls.

The Umpire of the Match was Andrew T. Pearsall of the Excelsior Club.  He was the regular first baseman for the Excelsior Club of Brooklyn from 1859-1860. He graduating from Columbia’s medical school in 1861 and since the Excelsior Club did not play any matches in 1861, reportedly 91 of their members joined the Union army, Pearsall became a physician in Brooklyn. He disappeared during the winter of 1862, without leaving a forwarding address to friends or his former baseball club. Mr. Pearsall turned up as a Brigade Surgeon on Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s staff.  “While leading Union prisoners through the streets of Richmond, VA, he reportedly recognized one of the prisoners as a former member of the Excelsiors.  The two spoke and Pearsall asked about Leggett, Flanley, Creighton and Brainard.”  Pearsall’s whereabouts made its way to back to the Excelsior’s and he was immediately and unanimously expelled from the club.

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