Muscle and Mind, Revisited

May 3, 2009

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An Amherst player gets a hit in the vintage game as a teammate on first base looks on.

Neither unseasonably cool May temperatures nor light rain dampened the spirits of an enthusiastic group of baseball-loving (and -playing) members of Amherst’s classes of 1964 to 1994 who dusted off their cleats and took on a team of Williams College alumni on May 3.

Baseball team to tour Japan with reading list, professors, to play historic games

Submitted on Friday, 8/1/2014, at 7:01 AM

By Peter Rooney

Amherst College played Williams College in the first intercollegiate baseball game 155 years ago. In August, the team travels to Japan to make history again, playing a series of games against Doshisha University,  a private college in Kyoto founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima, Amherst Class of 1870. 

Amherst-Williams 1859 Baseball Game Re-Enacted

The sesquicentennial of the first intercollegiate baseball game, between rivals Amherst and Williams in 1859, saw a historically accurate re-enactment played out in Pittsfield, Mass., last month. The quirky game and accompanying chess match were covered by the The Boston Globe and The Chronicle of Higher Education.