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The first known baseball club in New Mexico was organized in Santa Fe in 1867 as the Santa Fe Base Ball Club. As the only club in the area, games were initially played between teams picked from the club’s members. In November 1868, the Bradley BBC at Fort Union in northeastern New Mexico challenged the Santa Fe BBC to a game. Given the distance between Santa Fe and Fort Union, they met for the game in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Originally scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, the game was postponed two days because of snow. This was the first known baseball game in New Mexico between clubs from different locations. Baseball clubs were organized sporadically in the territory during the 1870s, but baseball and intercity competition became more widespread after 1881.

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2020

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New Mexico baseball, Santa Fe baseball, Santa Fe BBC, Albuquerque Browns, Bradley BBC, Fort Union.

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Baseball Takes Root in New Mexico, 1867–1883

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