Hoosier Dusty Files - June 2, 1883 - First Pro Team Plays Baseball Game Under Electric Lights - Fort Wayne
|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
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.
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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