Pictures: Baseball In Connecticut
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1872:Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke, a Bridgeport native, began his professional career with the Middletown Mansfields of the National Association in 1872. The Mansfields lasted just one season and O'Rourke spent his career in Boston, Providence, Buffalo, New York (Giants) and Washington.
1873: Yale joined Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers in New York in 1873 to draw up a new set of rules for the college game. Rules include 20 players on a team, a field measuring 400 feet by 250 feet, 25 foot wide goal, 6 goals to win a and a point scored by passing the goal past the goal posts. Yale beat Princeton in first game under these rules.