Hamden is a town in Delaware County, New York, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2010 census. The town was created as the "Town of Hampden" in 1825 from the Towns of Delhi and Walton. The current spelling of the name was adopted in 1826.
First mention of a baseball game in an American newspaper was for a game to be played in Hamden: The following notice appears in the July 13‚ 1825 edition of the Delhi Gazette: "The undersigned‚ all residents of the new town of Hamden‚ with the exception of Asa Howland‚ who has recently removed to Delhi‚ challenge an equal number of persons of any town in the County of Delaware‚ to meet them at any time at the house of Edward B. Chace‚ in said town‚ to play the game of Bass-Ball‚ for the sum of one dollar each per game." (as noted by Tom Heitz and John Thorn).