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Baseball clubs had been organized in Nevada since at least 1866, but the organization of the Silver Star Base Ball Club (BBC) in Carson City in 1869 marked a change for the sport in the state. Some of the employees at the newly constructed Carson City Mint had experience playing for top ball clubs in the East, and other experienced ballplayers lived in the nearby mining community of Virginia City. The Silver City and Virginia ball clubs initiated intercity competition in 1869. In 1870, the Silver Star BBC picked up players from the Virginia BBC and played six games on a tour in California against teams from San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and Stockton. The ball clubs, games, and associated events are described.

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1-27-2021

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Nevada baseball, Carson City, Silver Star Base Ball Club, Silver Star BBC, Carson City Mint, Virginia City, Virginia Base Ball Club, Virginia BBC, Harry Berthrong, Tommy Beals, Henry Chadwick

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Carson City Mints a Base Ball Club, 1869–1870

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