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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville) - 1859 - First Intercollegiate Baseball Game


In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game is played in Pittsfield. Amherst defeats Williams College 73-32.

"And I think a lot of folks, even big baseball fans, do not realize that the first college baseball game was between Williams and Amherst, and that it was in 1859, that it was played in Pittsfield and used the old 'Massachusetts Rules,' which is not the same as today."

Not even close.

Back in that game, coaches and umpires wore tuxedos and top hats.

Teams had to score 65 runs to win.

Games were played on a square-shaped field, as the thrower (pitcher) stood 35 feet from the striker (batter) -- positioned between first and "fourth" base (home plate).

Bases were 60 feet apart.

Pitchers threw underhand lobs wherever opposing hitters wanted them.

There was no foul territory.

And only one out was recorded per half-inning, and outs could be made by pegging players with about a two-ounce ball..."

Pittsfield to re-enact first college game
Amherst-Williams matchup reaches 150th anniversary
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com 05/ 03/ 09 2:05 AM ET

mlb.mlb.com/ news/ article.jsp? ymd=20090430 &content_id=4495814 &vkey=news_mlb &fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb



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