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Amazing 1845 - 1868 In Baseball Facts

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  • Trivia powered by ABE...That Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. is born on April 17, 1820 and is one of several people sometimes referred to as a "father of baseball", even thought, he is the secretary of the Committee whose president is Dr. Daniel L. Adams. In fact, Doc Adams is the one who dictates the first 20 baseball rules. Cartwright is thought to be the first person to draw a diagram of a diamond-shaped baseball field, and the rules of the modern game are based on the Knickerbocker Rules developed by Cartwright and a committee from his club, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club. With the myth of Abner Doubleday inventing baseball debunked, Cartwright was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as an executive 46 years after his death on July 12, 1892. Cartwright was officially declared the inventor of the modern game of baseball by the 83rd United States Congress on June 3, 1953.

  • ...That on September 10, 1845, baseball game is played that is described the following day in the New York Morning News.

  • ...That on September 23, 1845 the New York Knickerbockers draw up the Knickerbocker Rules which are written down by Alexander Cartwright.

  • ...That on October 22, 1845, the first known box score appears in the New York Morning News a month after the first set of rules are written by Alexander Cartwright and some of his fellow New York Knickerbockers.

  • ...That on June 19, 1846 the New York Knickerbockers play the "New York Nine" at Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey. the Knickerbockers lose to the New York Nine by a score of 23 to 1 in four innings of play.

  • ...That Albert Goodwill Spalding (September 2, 1849 - September 9, 1915) is an American pitcher, manager and executive in the early years of professional baseball, and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company.

  • ...That Charles Roscoe Barnes (May 8, 1850 - February 5, 1915) is one of the stars of baseball's National Association (1871-1875) and the early National League (1876-1881), playing second base and shortstop. He plays for the dominant Boston Red Stockings teams of the early 1870s, along with Albert Spalding, Cal McVey, George Wright, Harry Wright, Jim O'Rourke, and Deacon White. Despite playing for these star-studded teams, many claim that Ross is the most valuable to his teams.

  • ...That Adrian Constantine Anson is born in Marshalltown, Iowa (April 17, 1852 - April 14, 1922), nicknamed "Cap" (for "Captain") and "Pop", is a Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman. Including his time in the National Association (NA), he plays a record 27 consecutive seasons. Anson is regarded as one of the greatest players of his era and one of the first superstars of the game. Anson spent most of his career with the Chicago Cubs franchise (then known as the "White Stockings" and later the "Colts"), serving as the club's manager, first baseman and, later in his tenure, minority owner. He lead the team to five National League pennants in the 1880s. Anson is one of baseball's first great hitters, and the first to tally over 3,000 career hits.

  • ...That in 1854, the Excelsior club is established in Brooklyn.

  • ...That in 1855, the Atlantic and Eckford clubs are established in Brooklyn.

  • ...That in 1856, the Union of Morrisania club is established in the latter-day Bronx, New York.

  • ...That in 1857, the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) is formed in meetings of sixteen New York area baseball clubs. the New York Mutuals and Newark Adriatics teams are formed.

  • ...That in 1858, the first all star games, and the first baseball games to charge admission, took place in Corona, Queens New York at the Fashion Race Course.

  • ...That in 1859, the Potomac Club is formed in the summer and the National club in November in Washington, D.C.

  • ...That on July 1, 1859, the Amherst College defeats Williams College 73-32 in a game played in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

  • ...That in 1860, the Philadelphia Athletics team is formed. the Newark Eurekas team starts playing other teams in the NABBP. the Union Club of Lansingburgh team is formed, which would later become the Troy Haymakers of the NABBP.

  • ...That on February 22, 1860, the first recorded baseball game is played in San Francisco, California between the San Francisco Eagles and the San Francisco Red Rovers.

  • ...That on 1860 September 28, 1860, the first baseball game reported between two named black teams. At Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, the Weeksville of New York beat the Colored Union Club 11-0.

  • ...That in April 1862, the Summit City Club is formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • ...That in October 1865, the Milwaukee Cream Citys team is formed.

  • ...That in 1866, the Fort Wayne Kekiongas team is reformed after the end of the Civil War.

  • ...That between 1866-1868, the Rockford Forest Citys feature future superstars Albert Spalding and Ross Barnes.

  • ...That on June 23, 1866, the Cincinnati Base Ball Club is formed and plays four outside matches.

  • ...That in 1867, the Cincinnati Base Ball Club plays in the NABBP.

  • ...That Denton True "Cy" Young (March 29, 1867 - November 4, 1955) is an American Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 21-year baseball career (1890-1911), he pitches for five different teams. Young establishes numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for a century. Young compiles 511 wins, which is most in Major League history and 94 ahead of Walter Johnson who is second on the list. Young is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.


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