Excelsior Club of Baltimore v Potomac Club of Washington on 6 June 1860

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Awaiting Review
Date of Game Wednesday, June 6, 1860
Location Washington, DC, United States
Field Potomac grounds
Home Team Excelsior Club of Baltimore
Away Team Potomac Club of Washington
Score 40 - 24

(Porter’s Spirit of the Times: “A large number of spectators were upon the ground, including some three or four hundred ladies.  Both clubs joined the National Association, at the last convention, and have done much toward introducing the New York game in the South.  … Hazlett, who played 1st base, was severely hurt in the third inning by a spike from one of the Potomac; …  As the Pioneer game of the South, it was, notwithstanding its large number of runs, a creditable display for both Clubs.  The day’s pastime terminated by the Potomacs entertaining the Excelsiors with a handsome dinner, at which the usual sentiments of esteem and regard were interchanged, and the good feeling and friendship which has ever subsisted between the two organizations, was renewed and cemented.  Smedberg [Potomac catcher] presented the ball in neat and appropriate remarks.”)

(New York Clipper: “The occasion … brought on the grounds a large concourse of spectators, among whom were several hundred ladies …  The grounds are finely located near the White house, and are quite extensive, and very suitable for the purpose.…  We notice, however, that there were twenty nine catches made on the bound, and only twelve on the fly.  The clubs should, on practice days, play entirely on the fly, and in matches only take those balls on the bound that cannot possibly be taken in any other way. … Remember, that small scores and a quick game indicate good play, and the contrary shows an indifferent game, generally speaking.”)

Craig Waff's account of the game is at http://protoball.org/images/7/7c/GT.BWash.pdf


(1) “Local Matters: Base Ball,” Baltimore Sun, vol. 46, no. 124 (10 Apr 1860), p. 1, col. 6

(2) “Local Matters: The Contest,” Baltimore Sun, vol. 47, no. 18 (7 Jun 1860), p. 1, col. 5

(3) “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Base Ball South—Excelsior of Baltimore, vs. Potomac, of Washington,” Porter’s Spirit of the Times, vol. 8, no. 16 (16 Jun 1860), p. 244, col. 3

(4) “Base Ball Match at the South—Grand Match at Washington—Excelsior vs. Potomac,” New York Clipper, [?] June 1860

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