Victoria Independents v University of Washington, Seattle on 24 May 1882

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Date of Game Wednesday, May 24, 1882 Reported May 26
Location Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Modern Address Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC
Field  Add Field Page Beacon Hill
Home Team  Add Club Page Victoria Independents
Away Team  Add Club Page University of Washington, Seattle
Score 12 - 18

THE VICTORIA CELEBRATION, Victoria, B. C., May 24, 1882 Our cousins were assembled at the public park at Beacon Hill at 9:30 to witness a match game of baseball by the University nine, of Seattle, and the Independent nine of Victoria. Score: Seattle 18, Victoria 12. Closed at noon. The Beacon Hill battery fired several salutes that were responded to by U. S. revenue cutter Wolcott, Capt. Stodder, in honor of Queen Victoria, the sovereign to whom her people delight to do homaged. The Amateur brass band led out to the park and return; also played a few national airs at intervals. Beacon Hill has beautiful surroundings- a fine view of the straits of San Juan de Fuca, of the Olympic range of snow-capped hills, San Juan island, Dungeness, Port Angeles and Race Rocks light houses; also the city, the Cathedral, the Governor's residence, Cedar Hill, Snook Hills, Mt. Baker, Mt. Tolmie, Mt. Baker and the hills beyond Victoria. The park is a native prarie, with a few low scrub oaks. The base is granite, with a few boulders on the surface. There is a race track one mile in circumference around the park. Beacon Hill in the centre. In the hill caves have been made ages ago, by unknown races, stone and bone implements have been taken out. These places are now covered filled with earth. The park has six 64 lb guns, three 3 in. and one 8 in. gun, that were placed here in the time of the Russian scare of '78. These guns command the roadstead entering the harbor. The park is free for everybody, for picnics, base ball, or trotting horses. The city schools come here for recreation Saturdays. It is used for any public doings, and for private pleasure parties and riding around the park. The sports on the water consisted of double scull races, races of Chinook canoes manned by 12 Indians each, all fitted out in their war paint; single scull races in shells; double sculls; naval whalers race; four-oared race; canoe race for Northern Indians; naval dingy race; four oared race for youths; ladies' dingy race; walking the greased pole; etc. In the evening the Independent Base Ball Club entertained their American cousins, the University boys, in their accumstomed whole-souled and gorgeous manner at the Pacific Telegraph Hotel, where an elegant banquet was spread.


Sources: [Original Source] Puget Sound Argus, May 26, 182. Port Townsend, Washington. Page 1

Additional Information: From "Just Cogitating" By C. T. Conover, Seattle Daily Times, Thursday, August 11, 1955, page 43. The first record of baseball in Seattle was in 1876 when S. L. Crawford arrived from Olympia with his baseball and bat. He used to practice in Occidental Square, now Pioneer Place, and was a moving spirit in popularizing the game. The Alkis, the first Seattle nine, played the Victorias at Victoria, May 16, 1878. The score, Victorias 26, Alkis 19. The Alki catcher was Frank A. Green. Sam M. Percival was on second base; Fred Dunham on third base, and Crawford, J. S. Spencer and S. C. Love were outfielders. The first baseball game in which a University of Washington nine participated was played with the Independents of Victoria, May 24, 1882. The U. Of W. lineup was Lincoln Calvin, catcher; H. Jacobs, pitcher; Ed Russell, first base; Van Wyckoff, second base; William Beach, third base; Jesse Young, shortstop; Art White, left field; George White, center field; Harry Spinning, right field, and Walter Hall, substitute. There is no record of the score.

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