Baseball game summaries from the New York Times, 1860

Base Ball.

A match game was played between these two
clubs at Hoboken on Saturday afternoon, 14th inst. The
game, with the exception of some wild throwing on
both sides, was well played throughout.
On the Eagle side, the playing of WILLIAMS, BIXBY,
YATES AND THORNELL deserved commendation. COMMERFORD,
as catcher, let a great many very important
balls pass him, and at the commencement of the 6th
innings SLOTE took his place (for the better.)
At the bat, HAGARD, VAU [sic] NYSE and YATES were
very successful. In the 3d innings BRINKERHOFF made
a fine strike, lifting the ball in his usual scooping
style, but, (unfortunately for him) it struck one of the
trees which encompass the ground and was caught
Of the Empires, the fielding of WARD, RUSSEL and
CUYLER was fine,--in fact they completely outfielded
their opponents. THORNE pitched with his usual
swiftness and grace. After the second innings BEN-
SON took HAYDOCK'S place as catcher, and made some
very fine plays, and delivering the ball to the bases
with the trueness and speed for which he is so well
known. In fact he threw with too great speed, and
in the third innings knocked LOPER'S finger out of
joint, thereby compelling him to retire to the field,
and RUSSEL to take his place on third base. In batting,
the Empires surpassed themselves, and far excelled
their opponents. WARD, RUSSEL and LOPER
made home runs--the two latter two each. The umpire
acquitted himself excellently, having some very
close points to decide, which he did to the satisfaction
of both sides.
COMMERFORD and BRINKERHOFF each went out on
three strikes, and VAN NYEX [sic] broke a bat.
The following is the score:

Base Ball.

These two Hoboken Clubs played an exciting
game at the Elysian Fields on Friday last, when
some very fine play was made, especially by the
"Eagles." The "sky-scrapers" of the Mutuals, and
the "let-up" in their fielding at the latter part of the
game, spoiled what would have been one of the best
contested games of the season, and deprived them of
all the chance they had of victory. At the end of
the sixth innings the runs stood: Eagle 10, Mutual
8 ; a very pretty game, -- but in the next innings the
"Eagles" put their opponents out, and through their
own good play and the Mutual's bad fielding, succeeded
in scoring eight runs. The three fielders of
the "Eagles" showed very finely in comparison
with those of the Mutual Club, Sanger making a very
difficult catch, and the others seconding his endeavors
by steady play. Williams was efficient as pitcher,
but the other players did not seem at home in their
positions, especially Commerford and Sloat, either of
whom would officiate with success as short. Sloat
redeemed his otherwise bad play by remarkable
catch, for which he was compelled to get over considerable
ground and make a very awkward turn. McMahon
played finely at left field in behalf of the Mutuals,
as did Beard as catcher, which, with the good
batting of Wildey, Harris and Burns, were the only
favorable points in the Mutual play. Brinkerhoff and
Yates batted heavily and safely for four runs each,
both being credited with home runs, to one of which
articles Harris, of the Mutuals, was also entitled.

Base Ball.

A very interesting game of base ball was played
between the first nines of these two clubs, on the
grounds of the former, at Elysian Fields, Hoboken, on
Tuesday last. There were very many fine plays made
during the game, and among them was a throw from
catcher to short and back home, instead of to the
second base, thus putting one out, which elicited
great applause from the spectators. On the Eagle
side there is not much to say. They did not play up
to their usual standard. SLOATE played bad, as short,
and did not improve himself as catcher. There were
a great many balls missed on the fly and then
caught on the bound -- (clam-shell catch.) As
to the batting, BRINCKERHOFF batted well, but was
very unfortunate. On the part of the Gothams, SWEET
fielded splendidly, catching many balls on the fly and
bound. BURTIS also made two beautiful catches from
BRINCKERHOFF's bat. COHEN filled the catcher's position
as it ought to be, not changing once during the
game. VANDERWORKEN was changed to the third, and
a decided improvement was made. MIMNE batted
well, making a clean home run, but did not field very
well. On the ninth inning, the game was a tie, when
another inning was commenced, but the darkness
prevented it from being finished. The game resulted
as follows:


During the progress of the leading match on the
Eagle ground, the Gotham's second nine were giving
the Eagle second nine a severe drubbing on their own
ground. The Gotham batting and general fielding
was far superior to that of their adversaries. Purtell,
Hackett, C. Gray and Mingey on the Gotham side,
and Sloat on the Eagle side, made home runs.

Base Ball.

The game which was begun on a former occasion
between these Clubs having been brought to an
unsatisfactory conclusion by the rain, they met yesterday
afternoon to settle the mooted question of superior
skill ; and after the full number of innings had
been played out, it was shown that the Harlems had
concluded to export the ball -- the pledge of victory --
to New Jersey, the first one they have been compelled
to deliver up this season. The Eurekas won
golden opinions from the spectators for their brilliant
fielding and successful batting, and the general opinion
was they were inferior to no Club save the Excelsior,
of Brooklyn. At any rate, they will never
make a bad show against any players, and victory
can be wrested from them only by strong and well
sustained exertions in the field and at the bat. On
their side, all played creditably ; but among the most
prominent features of their fielding may be mentioned
the base play of Northrup and Pennington, the former
of whom made a very fine fly catch ; the success of
Collins at centre field, Linen's pitching, Van Houten's
fielding as short stop, and Rogers' catching.
Their batting was heavy and wonderfully safe, and
when once started, they heaped up the runs quickly
and surely, as in the third and eighth innings.
Rogers, Linen and Van Houten were most
fortunate in this respect, but Pennington, Collins and
Northrop were scarcely inferior. Two fine home
runs must be credited to Collins, one to Oliver and
one to Van Houten, the last clearing the three bases
of their occupants. On the Harlem side neither
their fielding nor batting were fully up to the mark,
though neither was positively bad, the only show of
strong batting being made in the third and last innings,
when they seemed to enter into it with hearty
good will. In the field Liscomb, Marsh, Robertson,
Freeborn and Hughes excelled, while Mackellar and
Marsh were most successful, the latter making a home

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