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|Sources=<p>"Williamstown [MA],"&nbsp;<span>The<em> Pittsfield Sun</em></span>, vol. 58, number 3011 (June 3, 1858, page 2, column 5. Posted to 19CBB on 8/14/2007 by Craig Waff. The best-of-three format is familiar in the history of the Massachusetts game.&nbsp;</p>
 
|Sources=<p>"Williamstown [MA],"&nbsp;<span>The<em> Pittsfield Sun</em></span>, vol. 58, number 3011 (June 3, 1858, page 2, column 5. Posted to 19CBB on 8/14/2007 by Craig Waff. The best-of-three format is familiar in the history of the Massachusetts game.&nbsp;</p>
<p>A 9/27/2014&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em> article about the game, by historian Michael Beschloss, appears at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/27/upshot/the-longest-game-williams-vs-amherst.html">https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/27/upshot/the-longest-game-williams-vs-amherst.html</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
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|Comment=<p>A research note by Jim Overmyer on why the game occurred in Pittsfield appears as&nbsp;<strong>Supplemental</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Text&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>below.&nbsp;</p>
 
 
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<p><strong>Why Pittsfield for Williams-Amherst Game?</strong> - from Jim Overmyer</p>
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<p>(Thanks to Larry Moore for forwarding it.)</p>
 
<p>The school teams were looking for a neutral site, and although Pittsfield was only 20 road miles from Williamstown, as opposed to 50 miles from Amherst, it became the chosen venue once the Pittsfield Baseball Club offered to serve as hosts. Plunkett also served as the &ldquo;arbiter and referee&rdquo; for the game. This apparently gave him the task of making on-field rulings when the two umpires, one from each college, couldn&rsquo;t agree on a call, which was often. The baseball club, in addition to securing a playing field, sponsored a post-game banquet at which the college players were guests. The club was aided by the Pittsfield Chess Club, which made its rooms available for a match between chess players from Williams and Amherst. Williams had insisted on this &ldquo;double header,&rdquo; perhaps to give it a chance for an even split on the day, but Amherst captured this contest, also.</p>
 
<p>Plunkett was William R. Plunkett, the president of the Pittsfield Base Ball Club in the late 1850&rsquo;s and a lawyer who had management and financial interests in many leading local businesses.</p>
 
<p>I found out at some point after the book was done that the headmaster of the Maplewood Institute for Girls was an Amherst grad. While this probably did not influence the choice of Pittsfield, it may have done so for the selection of the actual game site. It most likely had something to do with the pro-Amherst banner the girls draped from the school's second story.</p>
 

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City/State/Country: Williamstown, MA, United States
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"On Saturday last [May 29] a Game of Ball was played between the Sophomore and Freshmen Classes of Williams College. The conditions were three rounds of 35 tallies - best two in three winning. The Sophs won the first, and the Freshmen the two last. It was considered one of the best contested Games ever played by the students."

 

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"Williamstown [MA]," The Pittsfield Sun, vol. 58, number 3011 (June 3, 1858, page 2, column 5. Posted to 19CBB on 8/14/2007 by Craig Waff. The best-of-three format is familiar in the history of the Massachusetts game. 

 

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