OTD: First recorded baseball game in North America takes place in Ontario

On today’s date in 1838, the first recorded baseball game in North America took place near present-day Beachville Baptist Church in Beachville, Ont.

The first documented evidence of a baseball game in Canada is a letter published in Sporting Life magazine in 1886. The letter was sent by former Beachville resident Dr. Adam E. Ford, who wrote about the momentous game that took place 48 years earlier.

Many Canadians, including the staff of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ont., claim this was the first documented game of modern baseball; however, there is no evidence the rules used in this game were codified or adopted in other regions.

The Mint also struck these four silver coins as part of its World Baseball Classic series.

The Mint also struck these four silver coins as part of its World Baseball Classic series.

In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint struck its World Baseball Classic commemorative coin series, which included four silver and three gold coins.

Included in the release are a $150 half-ounce gold coin, two $75 quarter-ounce gold coins and four $20 one-ounce silver coins. Each coin is in Proof quality and depicts a different baseball related theme.

Each of the seven coins feature reverse designs by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn. These designs are surrounded by the inscriptions “2013” and the face value of the coin. Also shown on the reverse are the artist’s initials of “SH” and the official logo of the World Baseball Classic tournament.

The commemorative coins were struck as legal tender. Shown on their obverse is Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Surrounding her portrait are the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”, “CANADA” and “D G REGINA”.

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