Baseball On Ice

Today in sports stuff that probably wouldn’t fly anymore: Baseball on a skating rink.

This silent footage (sorry, blind kids) is taken from 1924, but there is a much more detailed account of a game played in 1861, a time long before video or safety now that you mention it had been invented.

On February 4, 1861, 20 members of the Charter Oak and Atlantic Baseball Clubs organized a baseball game on a frozen pond in Brooklyn. According to both the New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the match was incredibly popular. Anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 spectators stopped by to watch the game unfold, crowding along the boundaries of the makeshift baseball field and the high banks surrounding it.
The players were surprisingly proficient in skating, and the Eagle notes that only one or two tripped on the ice after failing to stop at a base or calculate where the silver ball was about to land. In lieu of physical bases, the ice was marked with a “reddish coloring” where players were expected to stop, though the official rules eventually mandated that players skate past the marks in order to avoid injury.

The game lasted the standard nine innings, and ended with the Atlantics winning by a score of 36-27.

Dammit, Forgot the spoiler alert there. Sorry.

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