Tribute to Thomas Kinna from his Teammates

In a previous post I described the murder of base ball player Thomas Kinna in August of 1868. A few days later his teammates from the Bluff City Club (apparently Kinna had switched allegiance from the Mechanics Club within the previous year) published this notice in the Memphis paper.

“Tribute of Respect.–At a called meeting of the Bluff City Base Ball Club, we, the undersigned committee, appointed to draft resolutions expressive of our regrets upon the death of our worthy member, Thomas Kinna, adopted the following resolutions;

WHEREAS, It has pleased Divine Providence to remove from among us our friend and fellow-member, Thos. Kinna, be it

Resolved, That we deeply sympathise with his family in the bitter loss they have sustained.

Resolved, That in token of our regret at his death we wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, and engage in no match game of ball for the same period.

Resolved, That this tribute of respect be spread upon the minutes and published in the daily Ledger and APPEAL, and a copy of the same be sent to his bereaved family, as a token of our respect for our worthy member.


JOHN D. NICHOLS,                          Committee


From another newspaper account, it appears that Burke and Davis may have teammates with Kinna on his old club, the Mechanics, and perhaps had known him longer than others. The “usual badge of mourning” would have been a black crepe armband or similar piece of clothing.



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