The Nashville Club were Three Men Short (1870)

On June 13th, 1870, the Nashville Base Ball Club showed up in Clarksville for a match with only six players. The Lightfoots could have claimed a forfeit (and perhaps did), but the clubs decided to play on with fill-ins from the home team. I do not know if this game counted in any real sense, but there do not appear to have been any immediate stakes.

“A match game of base ball was play on the Lightfoot Base Ball Grounds in this city on the 13th inst., between the Nashville Base Ball Club of Nashville and the Lightfoots of this place–in which the Lightfoots were the winners by a score of 37 to 30–the Nashville club were three men short, which deficiency was filled by supernumerary members of our club. The playing was very good and quite a crowd of ladies and gentlemen were present who seemed to enjoy the sport as much as the players.”

From the Clarksville Chronicle, June 18, 1870. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88061077/1870-06-18/ed-1/seq-3/

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