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A "fixed" baseball game in 1865...

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September 29, 1865

NEW-YORK TIMES, Sept. 29, 1865 

* A early fixed game

The back page under "Out-Door Sports" "The National Game" has the summary and box score of a game between the Mutual and Eckford clubs, won by the Eckfords, 23-11. The summary mentions in part: "...Some of the fly tips taken by Mills surpassed, anything we ever saw in that line of business, while their pitching came nearer to the Creighton mark in accuracy of delivery than any we have seen since his death..." (see photos).
A source indicates that several of the Mutual players were later charged for accepting money to deliberately toss this game, and ironically the summary mentions the poor play of the Mutuals marked by "...over-pitched balls, wild throws, passed balls, and failures to stop them..." (see photos).
Eight pages, very nice condition.

Category: Post-Civil War