The game between Amherst College and Williams College occurred on July 1, 1859, and took place at a neutral field in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Amherst won the game, played with early rules that came to be known as “Boston baseball” or “Massachusetts baseball.”
Thirteen men were in the field at a time, each team was only allowed one out per inning, and there was no such thing as a foul ball. Owing to the lack of gloves, a different (and livelier) baseball and generally poor fielding skills, games of this era often ended with high scores.
The event was actually a double-header of sorts: The schools not only competed in baseball on that day, but also in chess. Amherst was victorious in the battle of the bishops, as well as the bases.Powered by Sidelines