Home Baseball Game

Home Baseball Game
Home Baseball Game
Title
Home Baseball Game
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.717
Marks 
lithographed: on the cover: "HOME/ BASEBALL/ GAME/ COPYRIGHT 1900 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group