This day in baseball: Wet beginnings

On May 31, 1869, a downpour of rain postponed a game between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Antioch Nine, a college team regarded as the most talented amateur clubs in the state of Ohio.  The game would have been the first of the Red Stockings’ inaugural professional tour, but instead it became the first rain out of a professional baseball game in history.

Antioch Nine (Wikimedia Commons)


2 Comments on “This day in baseball: Wet beginnings”

  1. steve says:

    those guys look so staged and smug and overly civilized with their legs crossed and ponderous gazes. Oh sweet rain delay. I remember Rick Dempsey impersonating Robin Yount during a County Stadium rain delay. Great fools of fun.


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