Hunkidoris of Joliet v Sleepers of Lockport on 6 August 1880

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Date of Game Friday, August 6, 1880 Reported Date is Incorrect.
Location Joliet, IL, United States
Home Team  Add Club Page Hunkidoris of Joliet
Away Team  Add Club Page Sleepers of Lockport
NY Rules Unknown

“The first game in IL was in 1851 between Joliet and Lockport.”

John Freyer posting to 19CBB, May 28 2007.



Bruce Allardice's note:

Mark Rucker and John Freyer, "19th Century Baseball in Chicago" p. 13 provides more detail. It was a game on Aug. 6th between the Hunkidoris of Joliet and the Sleepers of Lockport. The authors cite "Baseball in Old Chicago" (1939), which in turn cites the Lockport Telegraph, date not given.

In May 2013 Bruce added:

I've found proof that the 1939 WPA report on an 1851 game between Lockport and Joliet is incorrect. Below is what I've added to the Lockport entry in Protoball:

 "The book "19th Century Baseball in Chicago" (Rucker and Fryer) p. 13 asserts that the Lockport Telegraph of Aug. 6, 1851 reported on a game between the Hunkidoris of Joliet and the Sleepers of Lockport. The book credits a 1939 WPA report on early Chicago area baseball for this.

The authors are correct in what the 1939 report said. However, the 1939 report was incorrect. I talked to the librarian at the Lockport Public Library who told me that the 8-6-51 issue of the Telegraph was mistakenly bound with a newspaper from many years later, and that the Hunkidoris game article is from a newspaper 30 years later."

I also looked at a microfilm copy of the 8-6-51 issue of the Lockport newspaper, and found no mention of baseball.

Too bad, If it had been true, it would have been the first verified baseball game outside the New York area.

The librarian (now retired, and volunteering at the Will County Historical Society) is familiar with the issue, but can't remember what newspaper or date the Hunkidori game was mentioned in.


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Found by John Freyer
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