WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, JUNE 18: FIRST BASEBALL GAME
Profile America — Friday, June 18th. People who lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, on this date in 1846 knew there was to be some sort of sporting event there the next day at the Elysian Fields by the Hudson River but none of them knew history was in the making. The event turned out to be the first baseball game ever played with recognizably modern rules as part of an organized sport. The teams were the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York and an informal team called the New York Nine. The informal team won by a score of 23-1 in four innings. From this beginning, the sport grew in popularity and the first professional team was founded in 1869. Now, Major League Baseball is the most attended professional sport in the nation — attracting nearly 80 million spectators to games across the country annually. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 7111
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1208
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau