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about Pittsfield

Pittsfield is a city located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 45,793. It is the county seat of Berkshire County.

Pittsfield geography

Pittsfield is located at 42°27'8" North, 73°15'6" West (42.452184, -73.251530).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 109.6 km² (42.3 mi²). 105.5 km² (40.7 mi²) of it is land and 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.76% water.

Pittsfield history

Pittsfield was first settled in 1752 and was officially incorporated in 1761.

Professional baseball has been played in Pittsfield's Wahconah Park since 1918. However, it will not be played there in the summer of 2004 or in the near future.

Historic events

On September 3, 1902 at 10:15 AM, amid a two-week tour through New England campaigning for Republican congressmen, the barouche transporting president Theodore Roosevelt from downtown Pittsfield to the Pittsfield Country Club collided head-on with a trolley. Roosevelt, Massachusetts governor Winthrop Murray Crane, secretary to the president George Bruce Cortelyou, and bodyguard William Craig were thrown into the street. Craig was killed. Roosevelt, whose face and left shin were badly bruised, nearly came to blows with the trolley engineer, Euclid Madden. Madden was later charged with manslaughter, to which he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to six months in jail and a heavy fine.

Baseball in Pittsfield, 1791

In 2004, historian John Thom discovered a reference to a bylaw prohibiting anyone from playing "baseball" within 80 yards of Pittsfield's new meeting house. A librarian found the actual by-law in the Berkshire Athenaeum library, and its age was verified by researchers at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center.

The tradition that baseball was invented in 1838 by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown has long been acknowledged as, at best, a partial truth. Jeff Idelson of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown stated, "Baseball wasn't really born anywhere." If authentic and if actually referring to a recognizable version of the modern game, the 1791 document, would be, as of 2004, the earliest known reference to the game and in Idelson's words, "would be incredibly monumental."

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