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First Known Appearance of Term "New York Game"

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Antedated Firsts, Newspaper Coverage
City/State/Country: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

"The Tri-Mountain Base Ball Club has been organized... This Club has decided to play the "New York Game," which consists in pitching instead of throwing the ball." 

See also item 1857.5


Boston Herald, June 15, 1857


Richard Hershberger notes: "The earliest citation in Dickson's Baseball Dictionary is from 1859. It is interesting that the first use seems to come from the Boston side of things, and predates the Dedham convention (which laid out the rules of the Massachusetts Game). The point is the same as it would be over the next few years, to conveniently distinguish versions of baseball."

So this find antedates a baseball first.

John Thorn notes: 

"The phrase "New York Game" may have owed something to the fact that the
principal Tri-Mountain organizer had been a player with the Gotham Base
Ball Club of New York, whose roots predated the formation of the
Knickerbocker BBC."


Bob Tholkes notes:

"'New York' instead of 'national:' in what turned out to be a shrewd marketing move, was referring to a "national" pastime, implicitly sweeping aside regional variations, and in March 1858 called their organization the National Association, which the New York Clipper (April 3, 1858)considered a howl."



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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Submission Note Posting to 19CBB, 9/19/2018


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