September 3, 1869: Inter-racial baseball in Philadelphia

Frederick Douglass said no city was more prejudiced against colored…

June 14, 1870: The Atlantic Storm: Red Stockings suffer first defeat

A July 2, 1870 Harpers Weekly illustration of the game. “Friend…

July 23, 1870: The first 'Chicago' game

Given the powerhouse teams that represented the Windy City in…

November 1, 1870: The birth of the National Association

Modern sports fans take for granted that a champion will be crowned…

May 4, 1871: Association Ball: Kekionga vs. Forest City

On the rainy evening of March 17, 1871, delegates from 10 professional…

Summer 1874: New game in the Old Country: U.S. teams tour England

It has been stated that America and England are two countries…

May 29, 1875: The first recorded no-hitter: Princeton vs. Yale

“Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Tiger! Hish! Boom! Ha!” According…

June 3, 1875: The unbeatable Boston Red Caps

The best winning percentage the New York Yankees ever enjoyed…

June 19, 1875: The 'Model' Game: Hartford vs. Chicago

The Chicago Tribune called it “The Most Brilliant Contest in…

July 28, 1875: The first professional no-hitter: Joe Borden

Professional baseball in the 19th century produced many notable…

April 22, 1876: A new age begins with inaugural National League game

It is perhaps fitting that the National League played its first…

July 15, 1876: Wearin' of the 'Grin': George Bradley's no-hitter

1876 St. Louis Brown Stockings. 1 - Joe Blong, 2 - George Bradley,…

May 1, 1877: The double shutout

“The Grandest Game ever played,” Henry Chadwick called it.…

August 20, 1877: Gray outcomes for 'Louisville Four'

Baseball’s difficulties with gambling have a long if not distinguished…

May 8, 1878: Three in one? Paul Hines' unassisted triple play

The baseball game played on May 8, 1878, between Providence and…

September 14, 1878: Farewell to old-style ball

On September 14, 1878, more than 3,000 screaming supporters shoved…

June 2, 1879: Lee Richmond’s no-hit debut

When the National Association’s last place Worcester club sent…

June 21, 1879: The cameo of William Edward White

An answer commonly given to the question of who was the first…

June 12, 1880: Baseball perfection by Lee Richmond

“The most wonderful game on record.”[fn]Sunday Herald (unidentified…

June 17, 1880: Perfection revisited by John Ward

Two perfect games within a week defies all odds.1 But that is…

September 2, 1880: Night baseball at Nantasket Beach

Today many major league baseball games are played under artificial…

June 25, 1881: George Gore’s theft spree

The Chicago White Stockings were the most powerful team in the…

June 26, 1881: Mullane vs. Reccius for 18 innings

For sheer head-to-head doggedness, few pitching matchups in baseball…