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Lone Star 61, Arlington 28 — April 1868

From the Nashville Union and Dispatch, April 17, 1868: “Edgefield and South Nashville.– In a match game of base ball yesterday, the Lone Star Club of Edgefield scored 61 to 28 by the Arlington, of South Nashville.”

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The University Club Defeats the Lone Stars, Nov. 23, 1868

From the Nashville Union and American, Nov. 24, 1868. The University Club plays the Lone Star for the championship only two weeks after completing their defeat of the Arlington Club in a three game series. Notice that this article refers … Continue reading

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The University Club, 1868 County Champions

As mentioned in the previous post, the Arlington Club defeated the University Club in the first of three matches for the 1868 championship of Davidson County. The “Base Ball. The University and Arlington Base Ball Clubs played the final match … Continue reading

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The University and Arlington Clubs Meet, 1868

From the October 24, 1868 Nashville Union and American: “Base Ball. A match game for the championship was played yesterday between the Arlington and University clubs, resulting as follows: Arlington 33, University 16.” “University” probably referred to the University of … Continue reading

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Old Newspapers are Unreliable

Newspapers are the only available primary sources about 1860s Tennessee baseball. But even so, we shouldn’t forget how unreliable they can be. For instance, the November 14, 1868 issue of the Nashville Union and American reports that: “a match game … Continue reading

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Memphis, the Ku Klux Klan, and Base Ball

With the growth of Ku Klux Klan terrorist cells in 1868, Tennessee’s Republican government began to crack down on the secret group. And on April 6, 1868, the Memphis police department conducted a sensational, breakthrough raid upon a supposed meeting … Continue reading

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