This day in baseball: One ball contest

On August 4, 1908, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Superbas, 3-0, at Washington Park.  What is particularly of note about this contest is that the entire game was played with only one baseball.

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Washinton Park in 1909 (Wikimedia Commons)


This day in baseball: A Subway Series, before the subways

The deciding game of the 1889 World’s Championship Series was played on October 29th, featuring the New York Giants of the National League and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association.  The Giants won the best-of-eleven series, 6 games to 3.  As the annual competition between the champions of the National League and the American Association, this series proved to be the precursor to the modern World Series.

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Brooklyn’s Washington Park, 1880s (Wikimedia Commons)