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Very early baseball report?

Item # 596515

March 14, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, March 14, 1857  Various literary content but there is also sporting reports near the back, including: "Trotting at Fairs" "Fistiana" which is boxing; "Our Chess Department" "Out-Door Sports" including cricket and a "ball match". I believe the latter to be baseball, and reports: "A great match at 'corner ball' came off...After a spirited contest...victory perched o the banner of Lampeter...We are glad to notice the introduction of this healthy pastime & hope that the good practice will be continued...there is nothing in it to which the most stern advocate of morality can possibly object." (see)
Sixteen pages, very ornate, sporting-themed masthead, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War