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First Baseball Game

1871

FT. WAYNE, IN, May 4--The first professional league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, lasted from 1871 to 1875. The first game on the schedule that year was a contest between the Cleveland Forest Cities and Ft. Wayne Kekiongas on May 4 making it the first professional game. Note that box scores of that era did not include 'at bats.'
Fort Wayne Kekiongas 2, Cleveland Forest Citys 0
CLEVELANDRBOA
White, c0290
Kimball, 2b0041
Pabor, lf0000
Allison, cf0120
White, rf0010
Pratt, p0013
Sutton, 3b0101
Carleton, 1b0090
Bass, ss0014
Totals04279
FORT WAYNERBOA
Sellman, 3b0021
Mathews, p0010
Foran, 1b0130
Goldsmith, ss0030
Lennon, c11101
Carey, 2b0040
Mincher, lf0040
McDermott, cf0101
Kelly, rf1100
Totals24273
Cleveland000000000 - 0
Fort Wayne010010000 - 2
Two base hits- White, Lennon. Stolen bases- Allison. Double plays- Carey; First base on balls-Off Pratt 1, off Mathews 1. Struck out-By Mathews 6. Hits-Off Pratt 4 in 9 innings, off Mathews 4 in 9 innings. Umpires-Boake, . Time of game-2:00. Attendance-200

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