The First Organized Baseball Game

February 22nd Celebrates The First Organized Baseball Game

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 22nd 1860, the first organized base ball game was played in San Francisco.

Whether your baseball fan or not, it might interest to know how exactly did baseball came about through history.

During the Civil War, soldiers mostly Yankees, though some Rebels played baseball during battlefield lulls and in prison camps (including the Confederate-run Camp Ford in Texas).

In May 1866 the first known baseball team in the Northwest formed in Oregon the Pioneer Baseball Club of East Portland.
In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first true professional baseball team.

Late that summer, the Red Stockings traveled to California via steamboat and the newly completed transcontinental railroad.

In San Francisco, the Wright brothers and colleagues defeated the Eagles, the Atlantics and the Pacific’s, usually by at least 40-run margins, and The San Francisco Chronicle praised the Red Stockings’ athletic ability as well as their “large and well-turned” legs.

Baseball was invented in America in 1845. But even before that, as early as the 1600s, people in England played a similar game called rounder’s. The players on the other team tried to tag the runner by throwing the ball at him and hitting him with it!

Just naming a few events history to you, baseball is been around for a while. It has been speculated that the game of baseball was played in California by men during the Gold Rush of 1849 when Alexander Cartwright, who is sometimes referred to as “the father of baseball”, came to San Francisco and is reported to have brought his baseball to the city in 1849.

In the 1860s baseball grew in prominence in San Francisco, with the first game reported to be between the Eagles and the Red Rovers on February 22, 1860, which is why we celebrate the first baseball game today.

The New York Knickerbockers were the first baseball team to wear uniforms, taking the field on April 4, 1849, in pants made of blue wool, white flannel shirts and straw hats.

Now that all the bases are filled, hope you like today’s fly ball information today, as we say, “Batter Up!”

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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