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Monday, December 14, 2009

Baseball Games Played by the City Island Shamrocks in 1889

Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting continues with more references to baseball played in 19th century Pelham.  I have located additional information about baseball games played by the Shamrocks baseball club on City Island.  Excerpts from an article published in The Chronicle [Mount Vernon, NY] on June 18, 1889 appear below.

"Baseball Notes . . . . .

It is with great pride we can justly say that there is another strong baseball team in the field this year, and who are playing great ball.  The club we refer to, is the 'Shamrock's' of City Island, composed of yacht men, under the management of John F. Ahmuty, whose experience in that capacity is allready [sic] too well known to need comment, (he having guided the old monitors of Jersey City to what they are to-day), these young men have crossed bats with several out of town clubs, and without losing a game as yet.  Mr. Ahmuty is so confident of his boy's that he will be compelled to cancel a good many dates made early in the season, in order to accommodate several league games for which he is offered large guarantee, as the famous 'Shamrock's' are the only club representing water now in existence.

On July 4th the 'Shamrock's' will play the Confidence of New Rochelle, 2 games, morning and afternoon.  Due notice will be given. . . . .

(The following items were received too late for Friday's issue). . . . . .

Last Saturday [June 8, 1889] the 'Shamrocks' went to Willet's Point to score another victory -- 'a complete whitewash,' as one of the boys expressed it.  Score 15 to 0.  To-morrow (Saturday) they go to Brooklyn to play the return-game of the Y.M.A. of Bushwick avenue."

Source:  Baseball Notes, The Chronicle [Mount Vernon, NY], June 18, 1889, p. ?, col. 2 (page number not printed on the page).

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