Monthly Archives: February 2014

1871 Base Ball Championship of Tennessee

From the Nashville Union and American, Saturday May 27, 1871 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85033699/1871-05-27/ed-1/seq-6/ Base Ball Championship A match game for the championship of Tennessee was played yesterday afternoon at the Fair Grounds between the Memphis Mutuals and the Morgan Base Ball Club … Continue reading

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Tennessee Teams at the NABBP 10th Annual Convention, 1866

The 10th Annual Convention of the National Association of Base Ball Players, held in December, 1866, attracted 202 clubs from 17 states and the District of Columbia. Tennessee was the state farthest south, with two clubs “represented.” Nevertheless, neither of … Continue reading

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Cumberland Base Ball Club Organizes in Nashville, 1866

One of Nashville’s earliest base ball clubs, the Cumberland, organized on April 20, 1866, and played its very first match the next day! Their opponent, the Rock City club, was also based in Nashville. In the late 1860s, there may … Continue reading

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An Account of African American Teams in Giles Co., TN, in 1876

On September 14, 1876, the Pulaski Citizen (yes, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan) published a report on several base ball matches between black teams, taking place the previous Saturday (September 9) in Elkton, TN. Elkton lies about five … Continue reading

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Tennessee State Championship Challenge, 1866

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1866-12-01/ed-1/seq-5.pdf On November 20, 1866, the Chattanooga Lookouts challenged the Nashville Cumberlands to play a Thanksgiving match for the state championship. The Cumberlands accepted, with the stipulation that the match be postponed until spring, as the baseball season was over. … Continue reading

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A note about stealing

In the previous post, when Mr. Gault of the Phoenix “endeavored to make the second,” he was probably trying to steal the base. Unfortunately for baseball historians, the early rules didn’t provide for the possibility of taking an extra base … Continue reading

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The Nashville Phoenix are a bunch of cheaters

and the umpire’s a %&#@! On Tuesday September 24, 1867, the Nashville and Phoenix base ball clubs met for the championship of Davidson County. The Phoenix won, 25-20, but the match was not without controversy. From the Nashville Union and … Continue reading

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