By Harold Seymour, Dorothy Jane Mills
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Of course, the Association was not yet really a national body. It neglected to invite clubs from the rest of New York state and other sections of the country to join. The New York Clipper sharply criticized it for this, charging that "a few dictators" were trying to "mold" the group into an exclusive organization like the New York Yacht Club. The editorial urged it to make the game truly national by opening the meetings and competition to ball players everywhere. In succeeding years the Association did extend its membership to clubs from all over the country, until it had a more truly national representation.
This practice of upholding the umpire on all decisions of judgment has been characteristic of baseball ever since. * It was played June 19, 1846, at Elysian Fields, but went only four innings, because by that time the New York Club had scored the 21 "aces" (runs) necessary to win under the rules. In fact, the New York nine scored two additional aces for good measure, making the final score 23 to 1. A celebration commemorating this first official game of baseball was held at Hoboken in 1946 and a plaque dedicated to counter the Cooperstown claim.
3 THE GAME TAKES HOLD T HE KNICKEBBOCKEBS wanted to restrictbaseball to their own social class. For a while they limited their matches to clubs that used the Elysian Fields, hoping in this way to meet only their social equals. But their attempt to keep the game exclusive failed. Moreover, as the scene changed, the Knickerbockers were increasingly reluctant to participate in the great growth of baseball interest, so the show simply passed them by. The Knickerbocker effort to monopolize baseball has its parallel in other sports.
Baseball : The Early Years by Harold Seymour, Dorothy Jane Mills