The First Baseball Game

From Alexander Cartwright to Derek Jeter, some of baseball's most important figures have ties to the Garden State.

Alexander Cartwright is the father of baseball. In 1845, he developed the basic rules of the game as we now know it. On September 23, he organized the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York. The members of the club traveled to Hoboken to practice the game under his new rules at Elysian Fields.

On October 6, 14 members of the Knickerbocker Club took part in the first baseball game. The two sides battled for three innings with Cartwright's team losing 11-8. (Box Score) Between October 6 and November 18, the club played at least 14 more intrasquad games in Hoboken.

With some practice behind them, the Knickerbockers were ready for their first game against a rival team. On June 19, 1846, at the Elysian Fields, baseball was born.

The New York Nine annihilated the Knickerbockers 23-1 in four innings. However, things were not as bad for the Knickerbockers as they appeared. Most of the New York Nine's players were originally Knickerbockers who did not like to travel to Hoboken for practice.
Knickerbocker Club Intrasquad Game

October 6, 1845
Elysian Fields
Hoboken, NJ

PlayerRuns PlayerRuns
Cartwright1 Curry2
Moncrief1 Neibuhr3
DeWitt2 Maltby1
Tucker3 Dupignac2
Smith0 Turney2
Birney0 Clare0
Brodhead1 Gourlie1
Totals (3 innings)8  11

Lineup Card

New York Knickerbocker Club vs. New York Nine
June 19, 1846
Elysian Fields
Hoboken, NJ

KnickerbockersNew York Nine
H. AnthonyJohnson
D. AnthonyThompson
Final Score: New York Nine 23, Knickerbockers 1 (4 innings)
Umpire: Alexander Cartwright