6. First Game Of Baseball

9 Things You Might Not Know About Baseball

When was the first game of modern baseball played?

The game was held on June 19, 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The New York Knickerbockers lost to the New York Nine by a score of 23-1 in four innings. We designate this as the “First Game” because it was played according to the Knickerbocker’s Twenty Rules of baseball (the ones with 3 outs per inning).

Some claim that the first game was on October 22, 1845. The New York Club beat the Brooklyn Club 24 to 4. But this game did not include the “3 outs per inning” rule and, well, we just can’t call that baseball.

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Game picture from Aug 2, 1859, of the Knickerbockers, standing to the left of the umpire in the middle with the stovetop hat, and the Excelsiors on the right. (though the picture is notated as 1858, SABR’s research has concluded 1859*).

Several players in the photo played in the first game. This photo was taken in 1862. Players who played in that 1845 game are, standing and starting second from left:  Walter T. AveryHenry T. Anthony, Charles H. Birney, and William H. Tucker.

Seated second from left: Daniel “Doc” Adams.

*CLF4B would like to thank Marjorie Adams, great granddaughter of Doc Adams who is 4th from the left in this photograph, for alerting us to the SABR research on this photo