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Pre-Civil-War Base Ball Games Played in Detroit

 

Compiled by Craig B. Waff

 

(14 December 2008 version)

 

Acronyms:

 

NYC = New York Clipper

PSOT = Porter’s Spirit of the Times

WSOT = Wilkes’ Spirit of the Times

 

 

 

Date of Game

City/Town

Playing Field

Outcome

Sources

 

 

 

 

1859

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Aug

(Mon)

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit 59

Early Risers 21

(PSOT (2): “… the game being the first match of Base Ball in this city.  The grounds were filled at an early hour … the ‘Early Risers’ playing to disadvantage being on the grounds of the ‘Detroit Club,’ which is very uneven and not adapted to playing on.  They intend to have a new ground next season.”)

(1) M. H. H., “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Base Ball in Detroit,” PSOT, vol. 6, no. 24 (13 Aug 1859), p. 372, col. 3

(2) Tate, “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Base Ball in Detroit,” PSOT, vol. 6, no. 24 (13 Aug 1859), p. 372, col. 3 (letter dated 9 Aug)

 

 

 

 

1860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 May

(Fri)

Detroit, Mich.

Single 35

Married 28

(Detroit BBC intra-club game)

(PSOT: “The game was a close and exciting one, and was witnessed by a large assemblage of the citizens of Detroit.”)

(1) “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Base Ball in Michigan,” PSOT, vol. 8, no. 15 (9 Jun 1860), p. 228, col. 2

 

 

 

 

2 Jun

Detroit, Mich.

Detroit BBC grounds

Dumon’s side 28

Sines’ side 20

(Detroit BBC intra-club game)

(PSOT: “The Detroit is attached to the National Association.”)

(1) “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Detroit Base Ball Club,” PSOT, vol. 8, no. 16 (9 Jun 1860), p. 228, col. 2

 

 

 

 

21 Jun

(Thu)

Detroit, Mich.

Detroit Base Ball Club 56

Detroit Cricket Club 24

(base ball)

(PSOT: “It will be recollected that the last-named Club [Detroit BBC] published not long since in the Detroit Tribune a challenge to play a match game of Base Ball with any Base Ball Club in the State.  This challenge was accepted by the Cricket Club, with the understanding that a return game of Cricket should be played.”)

(NYC: “The fielding of the cricket club was excellent, but not being up to all the technicalities of the game, played at a disadvantage.  No return game will be played, as the cricketers find base ball too much like hard work.”)

(1) “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Detroit Base Ball Club vs. Detroit Cricket Club,” PSOT, vol. 8, no. 19 (3 Jul 1860), p. 293, col. 1

(2) “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Base Ball vs. Cricket—Detroit B, B. C. vs. Detroit Cricket Club,” WSOT, vol. [xx], no. [xx] (14 Jul 1860), p. [xx], col. 1

(3) “Cricket vs. Base Ball,” NYC, [?] Jul 1860

 

 

 

 

17 Jul

(Tue)

Detroit, Mich.

Detroit 25

Early Risers 22

(1) “Out-Door Sports: Base-Ball: Base Ball in Michigan,” PSOT, vol. 8, no. 24 (7 Aug 1860), p. 372, col. 3