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Ballpllaying Peaks in the Civil War Camps
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[A] [In April 1863] the Third Corps and the Sixth Corps baseball teams met near White Oak Church, Virginia, to play for the championship of the Army of the Potomac."
Ballplaying in the Civil War Camps increased rapidly during the War, reaching a peak of 63 known games in April 1863 -- while the trrops remained in their winter camps. Base ball was by a large margin the game of choice, but wicket, cricket, and the Massachusetts game were occasionally played.
[A] History. The First National Bank of Scranton, PA (Scranton, 1906), page 37. This is, at this time, the only known reference to championship games in the warring armies.
See also Patricia Millen, "On thte Battlefield, the New York Game Takes Hold, 1861-1865," Base Ball Journal, Volume 5, number 1 (Special Issue on Origins), pages 149-152.
See also Larry McCray, Ballplaying in Civil War Camps.
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