The Starring Tours of 1875: The “Amateurs” Tours, Tournaments and Regional Rivalries

By Paul Browne

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

The Excelsior club of Brooklyn toured Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland in 1860, only two years after the formation of the National Association of Base Ball Players. Tours by ostensibly amateur clubs from the New York City area began to increase after the 1860 Excelsior trip. Creeping professionalism was an almost natural outgrowth of these developments. The division between professional and amateur clubs was not resolved with the 1871 formation of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. . . .

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