Game of Baseball

Object Number: 
Cardboard, paper, metal, wood
box: 1 3/4 x 17 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 43.8 x 24.1 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "GAME OF/ BASE-BALL/ Copyrighted 1886 by/ McLoughlin Bro's/ New York"
"Game of Baseball" board game in a paper covered cardboard and wood box with a paper covered cardboard bi-fold gameboard, two cardboard and metal spinners, a paper instruction sheet, two paper score cards and seven metal playing pieces in the form of baseball players on round metal bases; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of two teams of men playing baseball, with a man in the upper left corner in a red and white uniform pitching; box cover inscribed, "GAME OF/ BASE-BALL/ Copyrighted 1886 by/ McLoughlin Bro's/ New York"; board represents a baseball diamond with two spinners in opposite corners.
Gallery Label: 
The Liman Collection includes four different versions of baseball board games reflecting Victorians' passion for the nation's favorite sport. Game of Base-ball, a later version of a game designed by McLoughlin in the 1850s, includes painted metal game pieces in the form of baseball players.
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group