Gate City BBC of Atlanta

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Nick Name Gate City BBC
Earliest Known Date Saturday, May 12, 1866
Location Atlanta, GA, United States

[A] The first organized baseball game played in Atlanta took place May 12, 1866, in a field on Hunter Street west of Oakland Cemetery. The Atlanta Base Ball Club lost to a newly formed challenger, the Gate City Base Ball Club, 127 to 29.

[B and C] Alan Morris, on 9/10/13, adds that this game lasted four and one-half hours.

Atlanta GA (1860 population 9500, 1870 population about 23,000) is about 230 miles NW of Savannah.


[A] Franklin Garrett, Atlanta and Its Environs (1954), pp. 725-727.

[B] Further details of this game are given in Tim Darnell, The Crackers -- Early Days of Atlanta Baseball (publication date and page ref  TBA).

[C] The Atlanta Constitution Oct. 21, 1906 carried a 40th anniversary account of this game and the Gate City team, including a photo of the team members. See also Atlanta Journal, May 5, 1971

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Found by Alan Morris, Bruce Allardice
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1866 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1866-05-12 Atlanta GA Atlanta Base Ball Club Gate City BBC of Atlanta 29 - 127 Atlanta, GA Bruce Allardice, Alan Morris

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