|Nevada State Museum Presents Early Frontier Baseball|
Curator of History Robert Nylen shares his passion for baseball; doors open at 6 pm, lecture at 7 pm
August 4, 2011
Carson City, Nev—Curator of History, Robert Nylen presents Early Frontier Baseball, at the Nevada State Museum Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Note: this lecture is presented one week early due to the coin show.
Formalized in 1845 when a group of business and professional men in New York organized the Knickerbocker Club, baseball became the first and most popular organized sport in the United States. By the 1860s pickup games were being played on vacant lots and open rural fields across the nation.
Baseball first arrived in Nevada around 1868 - 1869. Two employees of the Carson City U.S. Branch Mint started the Carson City team in 1869. Abraham Curry, the first superintendent of the mint, was a one of Carson City’s most die-hard fans. This was also an era before players used gloves and pitchers threw the ball underhand, which resulted in high scoring games. The rules and how the players played the game were very different from today, but Nevada baseball teams approached the game with the same enthusiasm that makes baseball such an exciting sport today.
The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday – Tuesday, and open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday. See the changing exhibits: Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom, Slot Machines: the Fey Collection, and Selections from the Collections, featuring historic fashions. Admission: $8 for adults and free for children 17 and under and museum members. For information, call (775) 687-4810.
Contact: Deborah Stevenson 775-687-4810, ext. 237