Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Wasn’t that a Sock Dolger!”: The Female Base Ball Club of Nashville (1868)

The earliest account of a club of women base ballists in Tennessee comes from the Nov. 22, 1868 Nashville Republican Banner. I’ve not found another account elsewhere to confirm the story, and given the journalistic standards of the time, I … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the Cumberlands

The Cumberland Club, founded by Englishman and Union veteran John Dickins in the spring of 1866, was one of the first, best, and most renowned of the Nashville clubs. But it was not very long-lived. Not much more than a … Continue reading

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Cumberland 52, Rock City 27

On June 21, 1866, the Cumberland and Rock City base ball clubs met for one of at least three matches between the two clubs that season. From the Nashville Daily Union and American, June 23, 1866. “This popular game which … Continue reading

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Brownlow’s Black Boys Base Ball Club

On September 16, 1866, sixteen African-Americans (and one white man*) were cited and later fined ($5-$9 each) for violating Nashville’s city ordinance against playing games on Sunday. The following Tuesday, the Nashville Daily Union and American reported (in two separate … Continue reading

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