New York's First Base Ball Club

By John Thorn

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

While the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club was the most enduringly influential of the clubs that sprang up prior to the Civil War, it was not the first to play the game, or the first to be organized, or the first to play a “match game,” or the first to play by written rules. If the Knickerbockers were not the first to play what we call the "New York Game," what clubs preceded them? Recent study has revealed the claim of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York to . . .

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