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Today in NY History

On October 8th, 1956, Don Larsen pitched the first (and only) perfect game in the World Series. As a result, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5, and went on to win the series in Game 7.

Claire Heyison

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Today in New York History

On July 20th, 1858, a crowd of over fifteen hundred people made history by paying fifty cents to watch a game of baseball at the Fashion Race Course on Long Island. This was the first time admission was charged at an event — ironically not for profit, as players were not paid at the time, but to pay the cost of converting the racetrack for horses into a baseball diamond. The best players from Manhattan played the best of Brooklyn in two teams composed of players from separate club teams, like the Atlantics, Mutuals, and Knickerbockers. A close game, New York won 22-18. Although the 1858 game receives little attention today, it is monumental in the history of baseball. It was the first time dollar signs were associated with America’s favorite pastime, which began the transition from pastime to profession and is also known as America’s first World Series.

- Erin Marino

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