Columbia College, 1831

The game played in New Yorkalways called baseball and never rounders or town ball—had been documented in the city under that name as early as 1823, when the playing of a match was staged to draw patrons to a saloon known as Jones’ Retreat, at what is today roughly Broadway and 8th Street. The New York game may also have been played as “bace” in 1805 by two clubs linked with Columbia College, and probably was played earlier than that.

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