Annual Patriot's Day Game

A Cosmic Baseball Game


1775 was a very strange year of full-scale war occurring alongside political reticence.

If permitted the historical license to stretch the definition of a year, then the fifteen months between the shots fired at Lexington and Concord in April of 1775 and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776 can justifiably claim to be both the most consequential and the strangest year in American history. (Joseph J. Ellis, American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic. Knopf, New York, 2007. Page 20-21)

This is a cosmic baseball game played between a team of individuals who live in New England during the early history of the United States of America and a team of historians who write about those events.

It has been said that history is written by the victors. If the losers write the history do we get a different story?


British military doctrine required the use of linear formations with firing by platoon to make best use of their shoulder arms (Don Nardo, 2003. The American Revolution Weapons Of War Farmington Hills: Lucent Books, 63-78.)


1775 New England Patriots Roster
1. Captain Samuel Sprague

Commanded a Provincial company in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1775. His militia, positioned in buildings and behind stone walls at Winnisimet Ferry, used their small arms to fire on the HMS Diana.

Right Field
2. Colonel John Stark

By 1775 Colonel Stark was already a veteran soldier when he took command of a regiment of New Hampshire militia. Stark has been described as "fitting the ideal of the rugged American frontiersman." (Paul Lockhart, The Whites of Their Eyes, p.254).

Center Field
3. General Israel Putnam

General Putnam of Connecticut played important roles at both the skirmish near Chelsea in May 1775 and the battle at Bunker Hill in June 1775. Putnam's "reputation for courage and action, earned him a place at [George] Washington's side." (Paul Lockhart, The Whites of Their Eyes, p.70).

First Base
4. Colonel William Prescott

Colonel Prescott was the regimental commander of the Massachusetts militia during the skirmish with the British miitary near Chelsea in May 1775.

Second Base
5. Colonel John Nixon

Colonel Nixon, from Sudbury, Massachusetts, led a party of militia in May 1775 to Chelsea en route to Hog Island. He was later wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775.

6. Amos Farnsworth

A patriot from Groton, Massachusetts, Farnsworth participated in the skirmish near Chelsea in May 1775. Farnsworth kept a journal of his experiences.

Short Stop
7. General Joseph Warren

In 1775, Joseph Warren was President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren was also commissioned a Major General in the Massachusetts militia just prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Third Base
8. Henries Vonhari

An Indian who assisted the provincials by taking two horses off Noddle's Island. according to testimony given to the Massachusetts Committee of Safety on July 3, 1775, Vonhari "acted with great bravery."

Left Field
9. General Artemas Ward

After the hostile interaction between the provincial militia and British soldiers at Lexington and Concord in April 1775, Ward was named Commander-in-Chief of the militia .

Historians of 1775 Roster
1. Increase N. Tarbox

1876. Life Of Israel Putnam ("Old Put"), Major-General In The Continental Army. Boston: Lockwood, Brooks, And Company

Left Field
2. Albert D. Bosson

1900. "The Battle of Chelsea." In Register of Old Suffolk Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Boston: Press of Wallace Spooner, 21-66.

Third Base
3. Richard M. Frothingham

1849. History Of The Siege Of Boston, And Of The Battles Of Lexington, Concord, And Bunker Hill. Also, An Account Of The Bunker Hill Monument. With Illustrative Documents. 4th edition 1873. Boston: Little, Brown, And Company.

Short Stop
4. Michael A. Laurano

2010. "Historical Record on the Battle of Chelsea Creek Challenged" (cited 13 November 2010); available from; INTERNET.

Center Field
5. Peter Force

1837. American Archives: Fourth Series, Containing A Documentary History Of The English Colonies In North America, From The King's Message To Parliament, Of March 4, 1744, To The Declaration Of Independence By The United States. Series 4 Vol. 2. Washington. [With M. St. Clair Clarke]

Second Base
6. Horace Bushnell

Attends the 1874 Hartford, Connecticut dedication of a statue to the Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam.

First Base
7. Craig Brown

One of the authors of Chelsea Creek- First Naval Engasgement of the Americsn Revolution: Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, and Winthrop; Suffolk County, Massachusetts. SUFFOLK COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS; Final Technical Report. December 2011.

Right Field
8. J. L. Bell

J. L. Bell is an historian and publisher of the internet-based blog Mr. Bell has contributed a variety of articles and essays focusing on the history of Boston in the 18th century.

9. Paul Lockhart

2010. The Whites of Their Eyes : Bunker Hill, the First American Army, and the Emergence of George Washington 1st Edition. New York. HarperCollins Publishers.


Is This A Baseball Painting
from the Late 1700s?






The Death of the [American] General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775 by John Trumbull


April 15, 2014
Field Patriot Park
Weather 65o F; Wind SSE, 8mph
Umpires Benedict Arnold

Benjamin Church

Alex Rodriquez
Most Cosmic Player

Israel Putnam

Frank Malzone
Dylan Farrow

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