John Boake

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John Boake
Born John Leonsor Boake
(1841-09-24)September 24, 1841
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died July 22, 1912(1912-07-22) (aged 70)
Covington, Kentucky
Resting place Spring Grove Cemetery
Years active 1871
Known for Umpire
Parent(s) John and Elvira (Ball) Boake [1]

John Leonsor "J. L." Boake (September 24, 1841 – July 22, 1912) was a professional baseball umpire in the National Association who umpired his only game on May 4, 1871, which was the first game in professional baseball history. Boake was the home plate umpire when the Fort Wayne Kekiongas defeated the Cleveland Forest Citys, 2-0.[2]

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in Covington, Kentucky. Boake is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.


  1. ^ " death certificate". Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ "First professional baseball game". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 

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