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Exhibition Baseball Americana

A Base-Ball Match at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken. Published in Harper’s Weekly, October 15, 1859. Reproduction. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

A Base-Ball Match

The ball fields and scenic picnic grounds in Hoboken, N. J., across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, was a popular site for both baseball and cricket matches. The Knickerbockers played here as early as 1845, preceded by the Magnolia Ball Club and the New York Ball Club.