September 1866

13th At Hoboken, a crowd of 15,000 watch the Mutuals take a14–3 lead on the Atlantics after 6 innings, only to lose 17–15. Dicky Pearce is back at SS for the champions.

14th Enterprise has little trouble hitting Cummings, handing the young Candy and the Excelsiors an 18–16 defeat. Enterprise scores 5 in the 9th.

17th The Excelsiors play the first match of their southern tour against the National team in Washington, winning 33–28. The game starts at 4 p.m. President Johnson watches the game for a brief time. His carriage parks behind the right fielder. The Excelsiors will beat Union on the 19th, 40–23 and on the 20th, beat the Pastime Club of Baltimore, 28–19. They will wind up the tour on the 21st with an 18–18 tie against the Keystones of Philadelphia.

27th At the Capitoline grounds, the Visiting Eureka Club take a lead, 15–11, after 5 innings, before losing 30–20.

July 1866

2nd At the Philadelphia depot, the Athletics greet the National Club of Washington and escort them to lunch and the game at the grounds at 15th street and Columbia. A crowd of 12,000 encircles the field and the ladies stand is completely filled. The Athletics win, 22–6. In the evening there is a dinner at Augustin’s.

16th  Lipman Pike of the Athletics of Philadelphia hits 6 HRs, 5 in succession, against the Alert Club of Philadelphia. Final score is 67–25.

23rd  The Cincinnati Baseball Club is organized.

26th  The Olympics of Louisville lure Rochester P Ives to join them for a key game. Three years later Ives will join the Kentucky club and will profit from a special “benefit” game honoring him and two recent Cincinnati transfers. Baseball is growing rapidly in Louisville.

August 1866

14th The Excelsior club, missing 5 of their regulars, loses to a strong Mutual club, 32–13. The Excelsiors use 17-year-old William “Candy” Cummings, the pitcher for the Star Juniors, a team of young players the Excelsiors are training.

15th At Newark, the champion Atlantics get soundly whipped, 36–10, by the Eureka Club, the worst defeat for the Atlantics since 1860. Bergen subs in CF for the Atlantics, his first appearance with the team since 1857.

28th Young Candy Cummings subs for Asa Brainard and leads the Excelsiors to a 24–2 whipping of the Eurekas. Chadwick writes, “the pitching and general play of young Cummings in this match marks him as a future Excelsior player of note.”

June 1866

16th  At Morrisania, the Union Club defeats the Enterprise Club of Brooklyn by the score of 42–16. The Unions led all the way and, according to the New York Times, “did some tall batting after the third inning. The fielding of the Enterprise nine was very loose, while the Unions, although, they were short Abrams at third and Austin at right, fielded very well. The attendance was quite large, the belles of Morrisania gracing the scene with their presence in unusual numbers. At the conclusion of the game the Brooklyn boys were nicely entertained by the victors.”

12th Leading 26–22 going into the 9th inning at Morrisania, the visiting Eureka Club of Newark seem headed for their 3rd straight win over the Unions. But the Unions rally for 6 runs and win, 28–26.

20th At Morrisania, the Mutuals play their first match of the year before 7,000 fans. The Mutes score 2 runs in the 9th and beat the Unions, 25–23.

April 1866

30th The champion Atlantics have their first practice game of the year. Some differences in this year’s team are the addition of Bob “Death to Flying Things” Ferguson, from the Enterprise club, and the absence of Pearce and Norton, who now play for the Excelsiors.

September 1867

2nd The Cincinnati Club beats up on the Holt Club of Newport, KY, winning 109–15. Two Red Stocking players, John C. How and Harry Wright, hit 7 homers each. Wright, the old NY Knickerbocker was hired in August, 1865, by George Ellard to come to Cincinnati to be a bowler for the Union Cricket Club at a salary of $1,200 a year. He switched back to baseball after the Reds were organized. When the Reds moved their games from the foot of 9th Street to the Union Cricket Club grounds, many cricket players switched to baseball.

16th The Champion Atlantics play host to the Athletics of Philadelphia and draw a crowd of 15,000. The Atlantics win, 28–16.

18th The Athletics of Philadelphia play another game at the Union Grounds, this time losing a close game, 18–17, to the Mutuals. The A’s are unable to solve the slow pitches of “Phonney” Martin and lose the game on a passed ball in the bottom of the 9th.

August 1867

8th A Grand match for the benefit of the Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund is played between picked nines from New York and Brooklyn at the Union Grounds. New York wins the well-played game, 13–7.

12th The Atlantics beat the Mutuals, 18–15, in the first match of the season series between the 2 clubs. George Zettlein pitches the win.

14th In one of the best-played games of the year, Union of Morrisania edges the Mutuals, 9–8, in 10 innings. John Goldie hits a game-winning home run.

16th In an exciting game before 7,000 fans at the Union Grounds, the visiting Athletics beat the Mutuals, 18–16.

20th William Buckley of New York patents a table-top baseball game which uses a pinball principle (as noted by John Thorn). This is similar to Francis Buckley’s Parlor Base-Ball, which is being marketed the past 2 years but will not receive a patent application until next year.

26th Six thousand fans are on hand at the new grounds of the Washington Nationals for a 3 p.m. game with the Mutuals. Two hours later, President Johnson and several members of his staff arrive and a re assigned seats on the balcony of the clubhouse. Johnson, who it is said of played baseball as a youngster, stays to the end of the game and shows great interest. The Mutes win, 40–16.

28th The Mutuals play the Athletics in Philadelphia, winning 23–21.

July 1867

2nd With 5,000 fans on hand for the return match between the Unions of Morrisania and the visiting Irvington club, the New Jerseyites break a 14–14 tie with 7 runs in the 7th. Irvington wins, 26–22.

2nd With 5,000 fans on hand for the return match between the Unions of Morrisania and the visiting Irvington club, the New Jerseyites break a 14–14 tie with 7 runs in the 7th. Irvington wins, 26–22.

4th The Cincinnati Baseball Club plays its first match a the Union Grounds, in back of Cincinnati’s Lincoln Park, whipping Louisville, 60–24. It is the first game in Cincinnati at which the general public attends, an admission is charged, and a newspaper writes up the game.

9th The champion Atlantics win their 2nd game of 2 with Eckford, 11–4, with the game called after 6 innings. John Chapman, the Atlantics star outfielder, is out for the year with injuries from lifting heavy weights.

11th  The National Club of Washington departs on the first western trip ever made by a ball club. They will travel a total of 3,000 miles and cover 5 states. The Nationals have the same team as last season with the addition of George Wright at SS.

15th In Cincinnati, the Nationals hand the Cincinnati Red Stockings their only loss of 1867, 53–10. The Cincinnati club will finish the year at 17–1.

26th The largest crowd to see a ball game in Chicago pay $.50 each watch the Nationals snap back from their loss yesterday to Rockford by whipping the Excelsiors of Chicago, 49–4.

27th The Nationals wind up their Western trip with a 76–17 win over the Chicago Atlantics.

31st The Champion Atlantics play a Championship match with the Union Club of Morrisania at the home park in Melrose, NY. A crowd of 8,000+ see the Unions humble the champs, 32–19.

2nd With 5,000 fans on hand for the return match between the Unions of Morrisania and the visiting Irvington club, the New Jerseyites break a 14–14 tie with 7 runs in the 7th. Irvington wins, 26–22.