History Buried: Baseball's All-Star Game of 1858

John Thorn


Thorn, John. “Play: History Buried: Baseball’s All-Star Game of 1858.” New York Folklore, vol. 39: 1-2, 2013. p. 30.


On July 20, 1858, nearly 10,000 fans gathered at the Fashion Race Course in Queens to watch what may have been the most important game in all of baseball history.... baseball was governed by the rules and practices of an amateur association formed only the year before. Although this body called itself the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP), in truth, the new game was an exceedingly local affair, little played outside what is today the New York metropolitan area.