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The Birth of Baseball and Elysian Fields

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The Birth of Baseball and Elysian Fields

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The Birth of Baseball and Elysian Fields

The Birth of Baseball and Elysian Fields

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On this date in 1846, the first baseball game with set rules was played in Hoboken, N.J., at Elysian Field, a park that shared names with the paradise of ancient myth. Is Hoboken really like heaven? Hear NPR's Scott Simon and classics commentator Elaine Fantham.