Monthly Archives: February 2015

Base Ball Convention in Memphis, September 1867

After the first Tennessee base ball convention in Chattanooga in May, 1867, the second was held in Memphis in September of that year. This account is from the Memphis Public Ledger on September 13. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85033673/1867-09-13/ed-1/seq-3/ “Base Ball Convention.– Yesterday during … Continue reading

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Chattanooga Lightfoots Vanquish their Atlanta Foes, Jan. 2, 1867

On Jan. 2, 1867, the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga defeated the Atlanta Club (in Atlanta), 46-7. From the Winchester Home Journal, Jan. 19, 1867.

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Rock City to Play Stonewalls for Davidson Co. Championship, 1867

From the Nashville Union and Dispatch, June 22, 1867. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1867-06-22/ed-1/seq-3/ “Match Game for the Championship.– The Rock City and Stonewall Base Ball Clubs will play a match game for championship of Davidson county, on the grounds of the Stonewall club, … Continue reading

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The Holston Base Ball Club Victorious, 1867 “Champions of the State”

From Brownlow’s The Knoxville Whig, September 25, 1867: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045629/1867-09-25/ed-1/seq-3/ “The Holston Base Ball Club Victorious.– The third of the match games between the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga, and the Holston Club of Knoxville, was played at Athens on Saturday … Continue reading

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A Juvenile Championship of Davidson County, June 30, 1867

From the Nashville Union and Dispatch, June 30, 1867: “Base Ball.–The Morgan and Forrest Clubs, juvenile, played a match game for the championship of Davidson county yesterday. The Forrest won, scoring forty-one to twenty-six by the Morgan.” http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1867-06-30/ed-1/seq-3/

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Too Lazy for Baseball?

As mentioned in the previous post, the founding of the Hickory Club did not inspire a paroxysm of baseball fever throughout Nashville. To the contrary, the lack of physical activity among the younger set was troubling to the progressive voices … Continue reading

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The Ambitious, but Short-lived Hickory Club of Nashville, 1857

The earliest hint of baseball in Nashville that I know of is from the November 28, 1857 issue of the Nashville Daily News, referring to the “Hickory Club,” which was intended to be a social and athletic club for the … Continue reading

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