Baseball on Boston Common
Playing Ball-Book of Sports, Robin Carver, Boston, 1834
Schoolboys play ball on Boston Common, the nation's first public park, a leafy retreat at the city's historic heart. Generations of Bostonians grew up playing sports on the Common in the shadow of the elegant Charles Bulfinch-designed statehouse, completed in 1798. While ballplayers shared the field with local livestock, by the 1850s, cows were banned and organized regional games featured such teams as the Boston Olympics and South Walpole Rough and Readys. Baseball fields still span the spot where the sport has been played since the early nineteenth century.