Play ball!

On July 20, 1858, the  first baseball game to charge admission was held at the Fashion Race Course on Long Island between two groups of all-star players, the All New York nine and the All Brooklyn Nine.

New York won the first of the three game series 22-18 with an estimated 4,000 people in attendance where the entrance fee was 50 cents. Rather than paying the players a hefty sum to make an appearance on the field. The funds collected at the gate was used to ensure the grounds were suitable for a baseball game. Nine players were chosen to represent each of the cities in an all-star style face off. Extra ferries and trains were put into use to accommodate the massive migration to and from the grounds.

This was a major turning point in baseball history. The game demonstrated the popularity and potential financial gain of the sport. Soon after players started to get recondition from the press and started receiving nicknames. The players became celebrities as they started to play skirmishes both on and off the field to defend the honor of their team. Brooklyn took game two in a 29-8 domination.

The first baseball game to charge admission was a star studded success and should be thought of as one of the most important games ever played because without this game we might not have America’s favorite pastime.


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