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Title Article (Elysian Fields): Base Ball. Excelsior vs. Empire.
Object Name Article
Catalog Number 2011.005.0102
Collection Hoboken Baseball Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Article (Elysian Fields): Base Ball. Excelsior vs. Empire. As published in The New York Herald, Whole No. 8760, Sunday Morning, September 2, 1860, page 5, bottom column 2. Full eight-page issue present.

Baseball in this era was spelled as two words. Hoboken is not stated, but the fame of Elysian Fields made it unneccesary. The game was apparently played on Saturday, September 1, 1860. Very little about sports is found in this issue, so the match seems to have been an important event as well as a social one, women attended the game. The dinner served after the game of clam chowder cooked by the host team was held at an unstated hotel (The Colonnades?)

Text of article including the box score:
Base Ball.
EXCELSIOR VS. EMPIRE.
This interesting match, which came off yesterday on
the ground of the Empire Club, Elysian Fields, attracted
a large concourse of spectators, among whom we noticed
many ladies, who, by their cheerful presence, seemed to
impart renewed vigor to those immediately participating
in the game. This game was rendered more interesting
from the fact of it being the first played by the Excelsior
since their drawn game for the championship with the
Atlantic, and because they were expected to play in their
full strength to show the Atlantics and friends what they
might do if the champion game is renewed
In the game of yesterday, with few exceptions, no par-
ticularly fine placing was observable. The Excelsior play-
ers who deserve to be mentioned are the catcher Legget,
the pitcher Creighton, and the three men stationed on the
bases; the fielders, from the short bailing of the Empires,
having but little chance to show their tine points. Of the
Empires we remarked Benson, catcher; Miller, first base,
and Moore fielder. Throughout the game the best feeling
on both sides was evinced, all the players cordially join-
ing in the applause consequent upon any fine playing on
either side.

The following is the score:

Excelsior. Outs. Runs. Empire. Outs. Runs.

Persail, 1st base 4 2 Benson, C 40
Young, C. F 2 4 Thorn, P 21
Flanly, L. F 3 3 Miller, 1 B 40
Brainerd, 2 B 4 2 Moore, R.F. 40
Reynolds, S.S. 4 1 Ward, 2 B 31
Leggett, C. 1 4 Dewey, S. S. 22
Polhemus, R. F. 2 4 Russel, C. F. 31
Crelghton, P. 3 2 Culyer, L. F. 22
Whiting, 3B 4 1 Leavy 3 B 30

Total 23 Total 7

RUNS EACH INNING.
One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine.
Excelsior 1 3 5 2 0 3 4 0 5 23
Empire 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 7
Scorer for Excelsior, C. W. Gaunt
Scorer for Empire, C. Whiting
Umpire, S. W. Patchen, of Charter Oak.

After the game the players and their friends adjourned to the hotel, and satisfied their "base ball appetites" with clam chowder prepared by the Empire. Speeches, songs and toasts next followed, and all appeared to show what little effort is required to foster a feeling of kindness among the members of clubs, whether the victors or the vanquished. Among the toasts might be mentioned one which seemed exactly pertinent to the occasion, "American Base Ball — may its supporters never lose a hand by a foul or a base action, and mays prosperity never come to a short stop"



















Notes Text of article 2011.005.0102
N.Y. Herald, Sept. 2, 1860, page 5, column 2

Base Ball.
EXCELSIOR VS. EMPIRE.
This interesting match, which came off yesterday on
the ground of the Empire Club, Elysian Fields, attracted
a large concourse of spectators, among whom we noticed
many ladies, who, by their cheerful presence, seemed to
impart renewed vigor to those immediately participating
in the game. This game was rendered more interesting
from the fact of it being the first played by the Excelsior
since their drawn game for the championship with the
Atlantic, and because they were expected to play in their
full strength to show the Atlantics and friends what they
might do if the champion game is renewed
In the game of yesterday, with few exceptions, no par-
ticularly fine placing was observable. The Excelsior play-
ers who deserve to be mentioned are the catcher Legget,
the pitcher Creighton, and the three men stationed on the
bases; the fielders, from the short bailing of the Empires,
having but little chance to show their tine points. Of the
Empires we remarked Benson, catcher; Miller, first base,
and Moore fielder. Throughout the game the best feeling
on both sides was evinced, all the players cordially join-
ing in the applause consequent upon any fine playing on
either side.

The following is the score:

Excelsior. Outs. Runs. Empire. Outs. Runs.

Persail, 1st base 4 2 Benson, C 40
Young, C. F 2 4 Thorn, P 21
Flanly, L. F 3 3 Miller, 1 B 40
Brainerd, 2 B 4 2 Moore, R.F. 40
Reynolds, S.S. 4 1 Ward, 2 B 31
Leggett, C. 1 4 Dewey, S. S. 22
Polhemus, R. F. 2 4 Russel, C. F. 31
Crelghton, P. 3 2 Culyer, L. F. 22
Whiting, 3B 4 1 Leavy 3 B 30

Total 23 Total 7

RUNS EACH INNING.
One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine.
Excelsior 1 3 5 2 0 3 4 0 5 23
Empire 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 7
Scorer for Excelsior, C. W. Gaunt
Scorer for Empire, C. Whiting
Umpire, S. W. Patchen, of Charter Oak.

After the game the players and their friends adjourned to the hotel, and satisfied their "base ball appetites" with clam chowder prepared by the Empire. Speeches, songs and toasts next followed, and all appeared to show what little effort is required to foster a feeling of kindness among the members of clubs, whether the victors or the vanquished. Among the toasts might be mentioned one which seemed exactly pertinent to the occasion, "American Base Ball — may its supporters never lose a hand by a foul or a base action, and mays prosperity never come to a short stop"
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Date 1860-1860
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1860
Search Terms Elysian Fields
Colonade House & Hotel
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Classification Baseball
Sports
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Social & Personal Activity
Parks
Women
Men
Food
Hotels