Victoria Independents v University of Washington, Seattle on 24 May 1882 - 2

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Date of Game Wednesday, May 24, 1882 Queen Victoria's Birthday
Location Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Modern Address Beacon Hill, 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
NY Rules Unknown

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.



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

This game was a continuation of games played by teams from Victoria and Seattle on the Queen's birthday with a return game on July 4. The May 24 game had been played in Victoria, with the July 4 game in or near Seattle. It looks like the earliest game in this series is 1877, played to 1879 between the Seattle Alki's and a team from Victoria. Baseball in Victoria actually appears to be organized prior to ANY teams from the United States side of Puget Sound. According to this website dedicated to baseball in Victoria, their cricket club had travelled to San Francisco in 1849, and brought back baseball from there. See: In addition, this website, which is just a general site on the history of Beacon Hill, Victoria, contains an image of what looks to be a baseball game, not cricket: This would seem to correspond with the other website's claim of a game from 1863 between the cricket club and the new base ball club, the Olympics.

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Found by Mark Brunke
Players Locality Local
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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