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 miles north of the Alabama border, and although it now boasts a population of about 600, the 1880 census only counted 165 in “Elkton village.”

The Bethany colored Apes and the Bunker Hill colored Flys played two games of Base ball at Elkton last Saturday, resulting in 27 to 6 and 20 to 14, respectively, in favor of the Apes.

A game was then played betwen the Elkton colored Monks and the colored Flys, resulting in victory for the latter by a score of 16 to 6. This was the first game ever won by the Flys and they were cheered lustily.

A game was then played between the colored Apes and the colored Monks, resulting in victory for the Apes by a score of 13 to 3. The Apes boast that they have never been beaten except by the Pulaski colored Rifles. The colored Apes then went by the name of the colored Bengal Tigers we believe.


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