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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Robin Carver. The Book of Sports. Boston: Lily, Wait, Colman and Holden, 1834. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (011.00.00)
Marjory Collins, photographer. Washington, D.C., July 1942. Reproduction. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (012.00.00)

City Baseball

Generations of Bostonians grew up playing sports on Boston Common, and ballplayers shared the field with livestock until the cows were banned there in the 1850s. Baseball fields still span the spot where the game has been played since the early nineteenth century. Similarly, the game has long occupied the heart of Washington, D.C. During World War II, amateurs competed in hardball on the National Mall, where softball leagues continue to play today.

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