Monthly Archives: April 2014

Macklebacks and Bob Tails

From the Washington DC Evening Star, December 14, 1866 “The Macklebacks and Bob Tails of Nashville are engaged in a grand match game of B.B.” http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1866-12-14/ed-1/seq-4/ Advertisements

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The Excelsiors Once Again Challenge the White Clubs of Davidson County

I previously posted about the Excelsiors’ 1866 attempts to integrate base ball matches in Tennessee, apparently without success. Here they are again in February of 1868. “Africa Against the Field–The Excelsior Base Ball Club (colored) announces its willingness to play … Continue reading

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They Weren’t Very Good Fielders Back Then, Either

Perhaps you’ve played vintage baseball, or have witnessed a game of vintage baseball. If so, you’ll know that fielding gloves weren’t widespread before the 1880s. This meant that in the 1860s, fielders had to catch the ball with their bare … Continue reading

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Nashville Defeats Holstons for Championship of the State, 1868

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 … Continue reading

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R.E. Lee Club vs. The Pride of the South Club

From the Memphis Public Ledger, Nov. 19, 1866: “There was quite an interesting game of base ball yesterday between the R.E. Lee and the Pride of the South clubs–the score stood 30 to 33 in favor of the R.E. Lee.” … Continue reading

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