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Home Baseball Game

Object Number: 
2000.717
Date: 
1900
Medium: 
Cardboard, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 14 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 38.1 x 36.2 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the cover: "HOME/ BASEBALL/ GAME/ COPYRIGHT 1900 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK"
Description: 
Board game with box, gameboard, spinner and eighteen wooden playing pieces; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of two boys playing baseball, one as the batter and the other as the catcher, batter dressed in a vertically striped shirt and cap, and the catcher all in blue; board represents a baseball diamond with each position indicated with an orange or white circle; crossed baseball bats, gloves and balls in opposite corners; circular cardboard spinner with metal arrow marked with numbers and directions; nine circular red playing pieces and nine circular natural playing pieces.
Gallery Label: 
The sport of baseball had already achieved popularity in New York by the 1840s. Alexander Cartwright formalized the rules of the game in New York City in 1846. By the Civil War, baseball clubs pitted Broooklyn against Manhattan at well-attended games.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group