The Second Great Match Game for the Championship

The Second Great Match Game for the Championship

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Description (Brief)
This colored print depicts a championship baseball game in progress between the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia and the Atlantics of Brooklyn. The game is being played on the grounds of the Philadelphia Athletics at Fifteenth & Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia on October 22nd 1866. The Philadelphia Athletics are at bat and the Brooklyn Atlantics are in the field. The players are identified by numbers corresponding to team lists below the image. There is a low stand on the left with spectators. The park is fenced and two men are seated at a table on the sidelines, beside them are three men in chairs and players relaxing in the grass. More spectators are depicted along the bottom edge of the print. one man engages in a fight while thwarting a pickpocket, while other men converse, keep score or gamble.
This was the final game of that year's 3 game World Series. The first game in Philadelphia on October 2, 1866 had to be called due to mob violence on the field at the bottom of the first inning, and Philly forfeited the game. Because the teams split the win of the following 2 games with Philly beating Brooklyn 31-12 and Brooklyn beating Philly 27-17, the end result was that Brookly was able to reclaim the championship.
John L. Magee was born in New York around 1820 and was employed by the lithographic firms of James Baillie and Nathaniel Currier. He started his own business in New York City in 1850, but moved to Philadelphia sometime shortly after 1852. He was known mainly for his political cartoons, which he produced until the 1860s.
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date made
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Magee, John L.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
image: 19 in x 27 1/4 in; 48.26 cm x 69.215 cm
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Architecture, Commercial Buildings
Chronology: 1860-1869
Uniforms, fraternal
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National Museum of American History
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