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Friday, December 11, 2009

Earliest Reference Yet to Baseball Played in Pelham

I have located what seems to be the earliest reference yet to baseball played in Pelham.  An account published in 1877 makes reference to recreational baseball played on City Island.  The reference is contained in a brief article that I have transcribed in its entirety below.

"City Island.

The Wm Cook Association from the Eleventh Ward, New York City, about 100 strong, visited McClennon's Minneford Shore House, last Wednesday [Sep. 26, 1877], and had a jolly good time.  Among the diversions employed to while away the time were baseball, football matches, boat races, foot races, etc.

Messrs. Liming & Co. of the City Island Hotel, have just fitted up a very neat and tasty ladies' and gents' oyster and dinning [sic] rooms adjoining the barroom of the hotel.

The yacht Ambassadress, which was so successively [sic] launched on Saturday last, was towed from Carll's ship yard to New York on Wednesday last.

Get your rods and reels ready, bass are beginning to bite and Flynn can furnish you with bait."

Source:  City Island, The Chronicle [Mount Vernon, NY], Vol. IX, No. 419, Sep. 28, 1877, p. 1, col. 6.

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