April 12, 1877~ Catcher’s mask first used in a baseball game

A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball By W. P. Snyder

1889 / Wood engraving, hand colored / 16”x22”
Published as double-page litho in Harper’s Weekly, New York issue of August 31, 1889

On April 12, 1877, in a baseball game between Harvard students and the Live Oaks (a semipro team from Lynn, Massachusetts), James Alexander Tyng, A.B. 1876, stepped onto the field wearing a catcher’s mask. According to established history, he was the first man to do so.
https://harvardmagazine.com/2004/07/home-plate-security.html

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