Baseball : The Early Years by Harold Seymour, Dorothy Jane Mills

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The second game, played after the Excelsiors finished the southern part of their trip, was taken by the Atlantics, 15 to 14. So by the time the rubber match was played, all Brooklyn was aroused— schoolboys, clerks, merchants, workmen, and professional people. The Excelsiors were leading 8 to 6 in the sixth inning when the first mass riot in baseball history broke out. Unruly fans, who probably had bet on the Atlantics, began showering the Excelsiors with personal abuse. A free-for-all on the field followed, and the game was called when the Excelsiors were ordered to withdraw by their captain, J.

One is that baseball's growth was halted by the Civil War. The other is that Southern troops learned the game from Northern prisoners, took it home in their knapsacks, and introduced it to the South. Baseball's spread was not stopped by the war; it was only temporarily slowed. To be sure, twenty-seven of the clubs enrolled in the National Association failed to send delegates to the 1860 convention because of the "peculiar state of the times," but their absence was more than offset by additional delegates representing new clubs from nineteen cities, bringing the total number of clubs represented to fiftythree, the highest yet.

The delicate complexions of the ladies in the audience were protected from the sun by a colored canvas pavilion. When the Knickerbockers went into action they were playing under their own rules, the first written rules of modern baseball. They had molded the crude material at hand into a structure containing the basic, familiar features of the modern game. They specified a ball to weigh between 6 and61/4ounces and to measure from 10 to 10/4 inches in circumference. It had an india rubber center, wound with yarn and covered with leather.

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