Winthrop Club of Holliston v Massapoag Club of Sharon on 24 July 1858

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Date of Game Saturday, July 24, 1858
Location Holliston, MA, United States
Home Team Winthrop Club of Holliston
Away Team Massapoag Club of Sharon
Score 101 - 61
Innings 56
Number of Players 14
NY Rules No - Predecessor


Winthrop (Holliston) 101

Massapoag (Sharon) 61

(56 innings)


(Boston Herald - “The match game … to test the championship of New England .…  It was a very exciting game throughout, and was witnessed by a large number of people from adjoining towns. …  At the conclusion of the game, the Clubs adjoined to the Winthrop House (in Holliston) where an excellent supper was served, and speeches were made by several gentlemen.”)


(Lowell Daily Citizen and News - "MIDDLESEX AHEAD OF NORFOLK. The Holliston and Sharon base ball clubs, both of which have beaten the Boston club, played a game on Saturday to test the question of superiority. Holliston beat, making 100 runs to 69.   Provided by Joanne Hulbert, 7/28/2015)  (Note score discrepancy.)


(Dedham Gazette  – "MATCH AT BASE BALL. – A great match of base ball was played on Saturday, at Holliston, in the presence of a large company of spectators between the Winthrop Club of Holliston, and the Massapoag Club of Sharon.  The latter club won the first innings.  The Winthrop Club, however, came off victorious, having scored 101 tallies against 61 by the Massapoag boys.  The playing was very spirited, and the utmost good feeling prevailed throughout.  There were 14 men on a side, and nearly all played remarkably well.  J. W. Cutter, of the Winthrop Club, was hit in the eye, which delayed the playing somewhat.  The referees were Messrs. A. H. Johnson, A. C. Daniels, and B. H. Hoyt.  After the game, both Clubs had an excellent supper at the Winthrop House, Holliston, and lively speeches were made.")


(Milford Journal -- "BASE BALL. – A match game was played on last Saturday between the Winthrop club of Holliston and the Massapoag Club of Sharon. The challenge came from the Sharon Club, which the Holliston boys accepted, at the risk of losing some of their laurels won in former contests. The Sharon boys had a fine reputation, and that deservedly as their playing evinced. But the Winthrops carried the day handsomely. The game commenced about 10 o’clock, fourteen on a side. At the close of the first two hours, when the playing was suspended, both clubs partook of a fine lunch, and enjoyed an intermission of some twenty minutes. In resuming the game both clubs entered with the firmest determination to beat, and they had the highest incitement to it, for it was estmated that not less than fifteen hundred spectators were present, as deeply interested as themselves. The game closed between 3 and 4 o’clock, P.M. In reckoning the tallies the Massapoag numbered 61 – the Winthrops 101. The playing was very spirited, and gave general satisfaction to all parties. It was particularly pleasant to see that no hard feeling was engendered by the spirit of rivalry. The Winthrop boys wore their honors with a quiet magnanimity, and the Massapoags bore their defeat with a dignified grace worthy of all praise.

In the following table the names of members from both clubs are given, and the result of the game exhibited in detail:

MASSAPOAG -- O. P. Johnson 4, C.F. Bryant 5. W. F. Smith 6, P. Mahoney 6, G. Dunakin 6, H. R. Hixon 8, E. Dunakin 6, W. Johnson 1, L. Johnson 3, G.H. Tucker 3, J. Johnson 4, J.S. Middleton 4, J.J. Dunakin 5, E.F. Richards 1.

WINTHROP -- J.W. Cutler 5, P.R. Johnson 10, L.E. Rockwood 8, E.G. Whiting 8, Edwin Rockwood 8, Geo. Hoffman 6, E.D. Coffee 7, E.C. Bigelow 10, T.M. Whiting 6, Moses Allen 8, Rufus Durfee 7, Jonathan Puffer 7, W,H. Horton 5, H.H. Safford 6.  

The referees were Messrs. A.H. Johnson of the Massapoag, A.C. Daniels of the Winthrop, B.H. Hoyt of the Olympic, Boston. The tallymen were Messrs. Johnson of the Massapoag, J.M. Hawks and William R. Thayer of the Winthrop.

At the close of the game, the members of both clubs, with invited guests, repaired to the Winthrop House, where they sat down to a bounteous repast prepared by Mr. Francis, its enterprising landlord. After supper, the President of the Winthrop club addressed the company in an elegant and appropriate speech, which he closed by introducing a fine sentiment, contributed by E.J. Cutler, A.M., as follows:

   The Massapoag Club of Sharon:

   The rose of Sharon blooms today,

   No flower blossoms sweeter;

   But you will smell her sweetest scent,

   When you have gently beat her.

The President of the Massapoag Club responded in a very pleasing and effective style. The remarks were greeted with much applause, and the utmost good feeling prevailed throughout.  Several other speeches and sentiments were introduced and responded to during the exercises, and the whole affair wound up in good shape. Both clubs afterwards repaired to the ball ground and participated in a friendly game.

The constable of the town deserve much credit for their efficiency in preserving general good order during the day, and the promptness with which they arrested several “outsiders,” who were foolish enough to become intoxicated.")






(1) “Match Game of Base Ball,” Boston Herald, no. 10,912 (26 Jul 1858), p. 2, col. 5

(2) “Base Ball in Massachusetts,” New York Clipper, [?] Jul 1858

 (3) "Middlesex Ahead of Norfolk", Lowell Daily Citizen and News, page 2, Monday, July 26, 1858.  Provided by Joanne Hulbert, 7/28/2015.

(4) "Match at Base Ball," Dedham Gazette, July 31, 1858.

(5) "Base Ball," Milford Journal, July 31, 1858.

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