“PLAY BALL!” the old time San Antonio way

San Antonio has always been a sports loving city and the people of San Antonio have played a surprisingly wide and diverse range of sports over its 300-year history.

Probably the best example of this is the venerable old English game of cricket, which was a moderately popular sport with Americans during the 19th century, even in Texas, where more than a dozen state towns had cricket clubs during that period.  San Antonio itself had at least four cricket clubs, both civilian and military, during the 1880s and 1890s and competed with clubs from as far away as Eagle Pass.

 As San Antonio Founders Day Celebrates it’s 300 years with the event at San Pedro Springs Park park on Saturday, October 20th, we will offer people the opportunity to personally relive this little-known sporting legacy by joining in the short, informal, 19th c. cricket games that American cricket historian and player Tom Melville will be conducting throughout the day.

The games will be run on a walk-up basis until 4:30 pm and are open to all. Absolutely no experience required! So, come and discover the surprising diversity of sports enjoyed by the people of San Antonio over its three-hundred-year history!