6. First Game Of Baseball
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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*).