The first-ever recorded baseball game played on North American soil may have actually occurred in the small village of Beachville, Ontario in 1838 – one year before Abner Doubleday purportedly formalized baseball’s rules in Cooperstown, New York, and nearly forty years before the first organized indoor ice hockey game took place in Canada.Over the next few decades, amateur and professional baseball leagues popped up around Eastern Canada. citizens – both black and white – caught wind of the deal and flocked to the region.
The only other white folks directly involved with the team’s day-to-day operations were two trainers, the secretary and the batboy.
Another future Hall-of-Famer, Wells departed the field with a police escort, and only after the chief umpire finally threatened him with forfeiture.
But in the bottom half of the seventeenth inning, Day notches three more outs to secure the championship.
A hoard of gleeful fans chased Robinson through the Montreal streets, from the ballpark to the team hotel.
“It was probably the only day in history that a black man ran from a white mob with love instead of lynching on its mind,” Robinson’s friend Sam Maltin wrote the next day in the .
Leon Day is seated on the far left of the middle row.