First Game Played on Ice Skates

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Date 1860
Location Brooklyn, NY, United States
Description

Ice skating was a popular winter pastime before the Civil War. The first of several base ball games played on ice occurred in 1860, and involved members of the Atlantic and the Charter Oak Base Ball Clubs. A crowd of 8000 to 10000 was estimated to have watched the contest, held at a Brooklyn pond.

Ice base ball reportedly use a deadened ball to keep it contained to the playing area, a bound rule, and an allowance to overrun bases (short controlled slides being impractical).

Sources

William Ryczek, When Johnny Came Sliding Home (McFarland, 1998), p 55-56. Ryczek cites the Clipper, December 31, 1864 as the source. He reports that cricket matches on ice were also reported (Clipper, February 2, 1867).

Submitted by Bill Ryczek

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