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HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #11

Sports have long been on the social scene in Portsmouth. Here the Red Stockings Baseball Club strike a pose in 1886. The team kept its own headquarters on Congress Street, not far from the photo studio of LV Newell. The roster indicates that the players were largely of Irish descent. The intimate posture may surprise those who wrongly imagine the Victorians were a hands-off society.

 

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Portsmouth Red Stockings Baseball Team

From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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