Baseball in Brooklyn can be traced all the way back to 1855!
The Atlantics were treated as if they were heroes, most carried off the field by friends and fans who stormed the field. The reaction of the city of Brooklyn would have been similar to the city of Boston after last Sunday's Super Bowl victory. The Atlantics had won the game, not the World Series, but it was hard to convince the city that the victory was nothing short of championship caliber. Of course, we are talking about the year of 1870, before both the American Association and National League had started play. The more you think about it, the more it is understood how the reaction of a regular season game was what it was.
What other sports were getting any attention in 1880? A game that would just be another in a series of the longest season in all of professional sports was treated as if it was a one game World Series, or a Super Bowl. The Red Stockings season and a half winning streak was ended, in a historic way. It also could have been the first recorded "walk off" victory and one of not too many that were decided in more than 9 innings. I understand how players and coaches gave speeches afterwards and they even held a banquet soon after in commemoration of what just took place.
A more interesting game took place in Brooklyn on February 4, 1861 involving the Atlantics. In South Brooklyn, the Atlantics entertained the Charter Oak Club. The Atlantics were coming off a championship season. They agreed to play on a frozen waterway called the Littlefield Pond. Both teams played the game on ice skates, with Brooklyn winning the game 37-26. Many things come to mind when the thought of a baseball game being played on ice skates is brought to light. Obviously, it could not happen in today's game of baseball. I would assume the pitcher was soft tossing the balls underhanded which would explain the high score. The risk of going to a full wind up would endanger the pitcher, so that option had to be out. Imagine taking swings on a pair of ice skates. I am sure it was easier to dig into the batters box, but it must have been difficult to take a balanced swing and to even the center of gravity while waiting for said pitch.
It had to be worse for the fielders, particularly the infielders. I cannot imagine it being that easy to get down on the ball and I doubt anybody attempted to lunge to stop a ball or dive to make a catch. And any jump made in the field had to be at risk of the possibility of not properly landing. The one thing that was easier I'm sure was the base running, especially after the lanes were made after a couple runners made their way around. I assume regular bags were not used as bases. I am also not surprised that another similar game was ever played again. Was there?