February 4, 1861: Brooklyn Atlantics win a baseball game on ice

“Yesterday the hazardous feat of playing a match of base ball…

September 29, 1880: Metropolitan club opens new Polo Grounds with a win

The first professional baseball game played in Manhattan took…

August 10, 1883: Cap Anson vs. Fleet Walker

The beginning of the end of African American participation…

February 9, 1889: A Wondrous Ball Park: The Pyramid Game in Giza, Egypt

Baseball fans can debate incessantly over what is the greatest…

April 18, 1890: Amateur John Lyston wins Atlantic League tuneup against Gorhams

A reconvening of the annual baseball meetings was held on March…

June 21, 1891: A Sunday exhibition at Rocky Point, RI

When it was announced in 1891 that an exhibition game of ball…

July 24, 1911: 'Galaxy of Stars' takes the field in Cleveland in honor of Addie Joss

It said a lot about who Addie Joss was that the Cleveland Indians…

January 1, 1914: Giants beat White Sox as World Tour visits Australia

“‘Why,’ said an American after the match, ‘your crowd…

September 27, 1917: All-stars turn out for Tim Murnane benefit

Baseball’s modern business model has turned major league benefit…
John “Beans” Reardon, left, wearing a flu mask underneath his umpire’s mask, prepares to call a pitch in a California Winter League game on January 26, 1919, in Pasadena, California. During a global influenza pandemic, all players and fans were required by city ordinance to wear facial coverings at all times while outdoors. The catcher and batter’s identities are unconfirmed, but the best available evidence suggests it might be Truck Hannah behind the plate and Rube Ellis at bat.

January 26, 1919: The Flu Mask Baseball Game

John "Beans" Reardon, left, wearing a flu mask underneath his…

June 26, 1920: Lou Gehrig homers in high school all-star game at Cubs Park

"The New York Boys have a 17-year-old boy of 190 pounds on first…

July 19, 1923: Judge Landis Day in Salisbury, MD

An early advocate for player’s rights, baseball commissioner…

April 11, 1925: Braves, Red Sox resume City Series in Boston

As Boston Herald sportswriter Burton Whitman saw the preseason…

April 14, 1929: Sunday baseball in Boston for the first time

The weather turned unseasonably cold, rainy, and windy in Boston…

September 7, 1929: Havana's Luis E. Tiant knocked out in Baltimore exhibition game

The Havana Red Sox baseball team arrived in Miami in March of…

September 8, 1930: Old-timers make history in charity game at Braves Field

The romantic affection which Boston always has for the players…

June 20, 1931: Old Pete brings night baseball to Jamestown

On the evening of June 20, 1931, in Jamestown, North Dakota,…

August 1, 1932: The Beards versus the Braves: House of David visits Boston

"You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the…