Melbourne Base Ball Club, Collingwood members v Melbourne Base Ball Club, Richmond members in February 1857

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Date of Game February 1857
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Field Carlton Gardens
Home Team  Add Club Page Melbourne Base Ball Club, Collingwood members
Away Team  Add Club Page Melbourne Base Ball Club, Richmond members
Score 350 - 230
NY Rules Doubtful

From Protoball Entry #1857.17 – Base Ball in Melbourne?

"The first recorded baseball event in Australia was a series of three games between Collingwood and Richmond. The scores were astronomical, with Collingwood winning the second match 350-230! The early Australian baseball players were probably playing a variation of cricket, rounders, and the New York Game and possibly counting each base attained as a run."

Joe Clark, A History of Australian Baseball (U Nebraska Press, 2003), page 5. Clark then cites "a well-traveled myth in the American baseball community . . . that the first baseball played in Australia was by Americans on the gold fields of Ballarat in 1857 . . . . No documentation has ever been produced for a Ballarat gold fields game [also page 5]."

Similarly: Phil Lowry reports a 3-inning game in Melbourne, Victoria on February 21 or 28, 1857. The score was 350 to 230, and rules called for a run to be counted each time a baserunner reached a new base." Posting to 19CBB by Phil Lowry 11/1/2006.

Bell's Life, March 7, 1857, has a box score of this game, which was played at Carlton Gardens. 14 players on each side. The game report is headlined as "American game of base ball." The players appear to mostly be Americans resident in that city, such as Harvard U. grad Joshua Crane. A rematch was to be played March 16th at Richmond Paddock (Park), now Yarra Park.

Protoball record 1857.7 from Protoball project

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