Friday, June 2, 2017

Hoosier Dusty Files - June 2, 1883 - First Pro Team Plays Baseball Game Under Electric Lights - Fort Wayne

A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

June 2, 1883 - First Pro Team Plays Baseball Game Under Electric Lights - Fort Wayne
The first night baseball game under lights had been played three years earlier in Boston between two amateur teams sponsored by department stores. Fort Wayne hosted the first recorded night game played by a professional team on June 2, 1883. A professional team from Quincy Illinois called the Quincy's played a local team called the Methodist College Church Nine. About 2000 fans watched a game won by Quincy 19 - 11 in seven innings.  The Jenney Electric Light Company set up seventeen arc lamps in League Park in Fort Wayne on wooden trestles. The lamps each provided 4000 candlepowers of light. The first major league game under lights would not take place until 1935, with the Cincinnati Reds hosting the Philadelphia Phillies.

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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