Submitted by ub on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 19:21

This Sunday, take Dad out to the baseball games of yesteryear and travel on a time machine back to 1864.
On June 21, 2–4 p.m. Celebrate Dad with a Father’s Day “base ball match.” The New York Mutuals play the Manetto Hill Surprise with 1864 rules, balls, bats, and uniforms—but no helmets or gloves!

After the game, kids join in the fun with a game of rounders with team members and a baseball sing-along on our Sing for Hope Piano. Plus free house tours before the game and a raffle for the game ball!

Registration requested. Cost $10 adults, $8 seniors, students, and members; $5 children 12 and under.

In the mid-1850s, a baseball craze hit the New York metropolitan area. By 1856, local journals were referring to baseball as the "national pastime" or "national game". A year later, sixteen area clubs formed the sport's first governing body, the National Association of Base Ball Players.

In 1858 in Corona, Queens New York, at the Fashion Race Course, the first games of baseball to charge admission took place. The games, which took place between the all stars of Brooklyn, including players from the Brooklyn Atlantics, Excelsior of Brooklyn, Putnams and Eckford of Brooklyn, and the All Stars of New York (Manhattan), including players from the New York Knickerbockers, Gothams (predecessors of the San Francisco Giants), Eagles and Empire, are commonly believed to be the first all-star baseball games.

In 1863, the organization disallowed putouts made by catching a fair ball on the first bounce. Four years later, it barred participation by African Americans. The game's commercial potential was developing: in 1869 the first fully professional baseball club, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed and went undefeated against a schedule of semipro and amateur teams. The first professional league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, lasted from 1871 to 1875; scholars dispute its status as a major league.

PHOTO: A Giant of Baseball
The Library of Congress