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Alternative Baseball History 1861

Posted 09-04-2017 at 03:43 PM by retrogamer

1861: Washington Takes Both The Battlefield And The Playing Field


Grand Army of the Potomac marches in Washington D.C.

For many baseball fans the 1860 season had been one of the most exciting yet. Many of the seasons games were high-scoring affairs but the season had many exciting surprises: from the first game that saw the defeat of the 1859 champion Brooklyn Eckfords at...
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Alternative Baseball History 1859

Posted 09-02-2017 at 12:15 AM by retrogamer
Updated 09-09-2017 at 02:53 PM by retrogamer (Updated broken web links and moved to Dynasty blog)

Eckfords Retake The Title
Despite the success on the field in 1859 the Brooklyn Atlantics found the need to replace two of their nine after 3B Tom Countryman and CF Bob Murray chose to leave the game. Also departing the field was Mutuals RF John Burns after only one season. The Eckfords nine remained unchanged since forming in 1856.

Of the three players only Murray was remarkable as he hit .429 in 1856 with a .629 OBP and slugging pct. of .714 but of course that was only...
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Alternative Baseball History 1858

Posted 08-29-2017 at 03:56 PM by retrogamer
Updated 09-04-2017 at 02:14 PM by retrogamer (Updated broken web links)

Alternative History of Major League Baseball

1858: New York Mutuals Take The Field

The Mutual Base Ball Club of New York formed in 1858 and took to the field by playing the 1857 winner of the Battle of Brooklyn in a series that began on July 3rd. With the Mutuals as hosts at Elysian Field the Eckfords suffered a 5-4 loss. The next game was scheduled to be played on July 10th...
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Alternative Baseball History 1857

Posted 08-29-2017 at 12:05 AM by retrogamer
Updated 09-04-2017 at 02:12 PM by retrogamer (Fixed broken web links)

1857: Battle of Brooklyn Rematch
As of 1857 baseball remained a New York City area game. In Boston the Massachusetts Game, a variation of Town Ball, remained popular and in Philadelphia and Washington it was Town Ball that was the game of choice. Still the number of local teams continued to grow.

In 1857 the Battle of Brooklyn continued as the Eckford and Atlantics met again with the first game on August 22nd. This time the Eckfords won at home in an exciting 2-1...
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Alternative History of Baseball 1856

Posted 08-27-2017 at 03:45 PM by retrogamer
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Alternative History of Major League Baseball
The Roots
Long after the New York Kickerbocker Base Ball Club devised its rules in 1846 the game of baseball spread like wildfire throughout the New York City area. In 1855 the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn formed and began play of the Knickerbocker rules of base ball.

Atlantic Club of Brooklyn logo

The club began actively
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