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 have been up to three Rock City clubs playing in Tennessee. A second was based in Culleoka, an unincorporated town in Maury County, TN. A third may have been based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and played some matches in Memphis.

Cumberland Base Ball Club.–The Cumberland Base Ball Club organized yesterday, by the election of the following officers;

President–Jno W. Dickens.

Vice-President–Mr. Whitney.

Secretary–F. Sanford.

Treasurer–A Hamilton.

A match game with the Rock City Club will be played near Fort Gillem, today, at 2 o’clock p.m.

Fort Gillem was located where Fisk University‘s Jubilee Hall now stands.


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