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Crowding and spectator disturbances at the Philadelphia Athletics end with the game being called.

Philadelphia "Athletics" versus the Brooklyn "Atlantics," Philadelphia October 30, 1865, artist's impression
10/01/1866

The nation's two most prominent baseball clubs, the Philadelphia Athletics and the Brooklyn Atlantic, had agreed to an October series.  The first match-up was scheduled for Philadelphia but trouble was on the cards when an expected 8,000 spectators swelled to an estimated high of 40,000. Disturbances led to police action and the game was called in its first inning.  Score-cards were distributed at the ground, perhaps the first time in baseball history.  The series continued two weeks later in Brooklyn. (By John Osborne)
 

Source Citation: 

ED Miklich, "Moneyball: Athletic of Philadelphia vs. Atlantic of Brooklyn," in Bill Felber (ed.), Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games that Shaped the Nineteenth Century (Phoenix, AZ: Society for American Baseball Research, 2013), 51-54.

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