In Melbourne in 1867

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Date of Game 1867
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Field Richmond Park
NY Rules Likely

"[A 1908 article] refers to a game being played by Americans at Richmond Park while a major Australian Rules Football match proceeded simultaneously. He notes that the baseball game was abandoned after the football game became too exciting to miss. Another 1867 match was played soon after, this time at Yarra Park . . . [but]as with the other, it came to nothing."

Joe Clark, A History of Australian Baseball (U Nebraska Press, 2003), page 5. The 1908 source is reported as Frank Laver, Melbourne Argos.


Per wikipedia: "In the 1850s, large numbers of United States citizens arrived, most usually after periods in gold rush California. These migrants settled predominantly in rural Victoria, where the discovery of gold had encouraged a large colony of prospectors and speculators.

At the time of Federation in 1901, there were 7,448 United States-born in Australia." There were also historic trading ties between Australia and the U.S.

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