Under the lights



Under the Lights, New Milford, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Well, I didn’t say the lights were on! I had to look up when the first baseball game was played under artificial lights. There appears to be a consensus that it was on September 12, 1880 in Hull, Mass. a year after Edison invented the electric lightbulb. It was an exhibition game and was reportedly attended more for the novelty of electric lights than for the game itself. Major League Baseball, being a rather conservative organization, waited fifty years until 1930 to see if the concept might work. Even so the last major league ball park hadn’t installed lights until 1948 when Detroit finally added lights to its field.*

Like a lot of other things, however, just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to use it. This game seemed to be managing just fine without them.

*Credit: Society for American Baseball Research https://www.sabr.org

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150 zoom.


2 comments on “Under the lights

  1. Well, if I read that correctly, I was misinformed, as Rick said in Cassablanca.


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