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Blue plaque awarded to the first ever place of baseball played

Author: BBF, 07/07/19

First ever game of baseball played on the 12th September 1749 at Ashley Park

Sunday, 7th July 2019 

Blue plaques are found across the country, demonstrating to us where essential persons in history have lived and worked and attaching the past to the present. The history of blue plaques dates back over 150 years ago and is the oldest scheme of its kind in the world. Blue plaques have played an essential role in the history of the conservation movement – the project pre-dates the foundation of both the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1877) and the National Trust (1895). Over 900 official plaques exist since the scheme began in 1866.

Today, there is another blue plaque proudly in the collection, which was awarded and displayed at Ashley Park, on Sunday, 7th July at the place and first account of the game of baseball played on 12th September 1749 at the Walton-on-Thames. The mentioned estate belonging to the wife of Charles Sackville, Earl of Middlesex, with the first game of baseball played with the Earl and Fredrick, the Prince of Wales himself playing at the time. 

In attendance, at the blue plaque ceremony (7th July) at the Walton Cricket Club (197 Ashley Park Ave, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1ET), in Ashley Park, were players made up of BBF Clubs and our National Team which played an exhibition game. 

"On behalf of the entire British Baseball Community, we are honoured in having a blue plaque installed to commemorate the first recorded baseball game played. The mentioned is a tribute to the game of baseball itself and everyone worldwide, who have continued in developing the sport over the years. Now everyone can view the historical marker of where the great game of baseball started, and it allows for future generations to appreciate how far the game has progressed worldwide." said a spokesperson for the British Baseball Federation (The National Governing Body of Baseball in Great Britain). 




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