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Base Ball in Graceland

On March 15th, 1889, the first competitive game was played at the newly completed Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground at Ashley Down, Bishopston, in the historic English seaport city of Bristol.  The contest was not a cricket match but rather an exhibition game between two teams of American professional baseball players.  The press coverage given the event – including stories headlined...