Fashion Race Course Match, 1858

Baseball’s expulsion from Eden may conveniently be dated as July 20, 1858.  On that day the first of the three “picked” games at the Fashion Race Course on Long Island was played between the best of the rival cities, New York and Brooklyn (the latter did not become a part of greater New York City until 1898). Among the firsts in baseball history that the opening Fashion Course game might claim were: first all-star contest, first paid admission, and first baseball game played in an enclosed park. In the third (“rubber game”) of the series, umpire Doc Adams called three men out on strikes, the first time the new rule was applied.

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