1872 April

13th  A gathering of Cincinnatians takes place on the old Union Grounds to witness the auction of the trophies of the famous Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Club. Balls from the Reds’ victories of 1869 and 1870 sell for an average of $2–$4 each.

18th  The first match of the season is played at Washington, and the Lord Baltimores hand the Olympics their first “Chicago,” or shutout game, ever, winning 16–0. Other teams in the professional association are the Atlantics, Athletics, Boston, Cleveland, Eckfords, Haymakers, Nationals, Mutuals, and the Mansfields of Middletown, CT.

26th  Troy and Middletown begin their season with a well-pitched game by George Zettlein, now with the Haymakers. For the Mansfields, in their first big- league game, a 10–0 loss, are Tim Murnane and future Hall of Famer Jim O’Rourke. O’Rourke, later a prominent Boston Reds player, will close out a noteworthy career by catching a full game for the New York Giants in 1904.