On September 12, 1868, the Nashville Base Ball Club hosted the Knoxville Holstons for the championship of the state, and the home club prevailed 34-10. A lengthy, play-by-play account was published in the Nashville Republican Banner the following day. The full version is available for download, but see the two excerpts below for context and box score. This is one of the most detailed descriptions of an early Tennessee match available, and it highlights the generally clumsy fielding of the period.
The match was played on the Nashville club’s home field, “near Fort Houston,” which was located approximately at the current location of Nashville’s Music Row district.
Source: “BASE BALL: Match Game for the Championship of the State, Between the Holston, or Knoxville and the Nashville, of Nashville A Brilliant Victory for the Latter A Full Report of the Game.” Republican Banner [Nashville, Tenn] 13 Sep 1868: 4.
UPDATE: Apparently, this was only game one of a best of three series. Stay tuned for further results as they are uncovered.