Author Archives: Christopher Ryland

Cautious generals, the 19th Illinois, and the beginnings of Tennessee baseball

In the late winter and spring of 1863, Union general William S. Rosecrans was well dug in at Murfreesboro, having held off Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Stones River. Unwilling to move quickly and take advantage of Bragg’s retreat … Continue reading

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Did Herman Sandhouse bring baseball to Nashville?

I seem to spend a lot of my time searching the internet for terms like “Cumberland Club of Nashville,” in the off-chance that somewhere, someone has already written the book I want to read. I don’t suppose this surprises anyone, … Continue reading

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Chattanooga Lookouts stake their claim (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post, I looked at an account of a March 1866 intrasquad scrimmage of the Lookout Club of Chattanooga. If the Lookouts were in fact organized in 1865–as implied by that article–they would be the first … Continue reading

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Chattanooga Lookouts stake their claim (Part 1)

Just as soon as I think I have a handle on the earliest instances of Tennessee baseball, there’s another entire archaeological layer to uncover. This time it’s the Lookout Club of Chattanooga, a club I had thought formed sometime in … Continue reading

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Cumberlands Vs Rock Citys, Take Three

The hapless Rock City Club of Nashville, now 0-2 against crosstown rival Cumberland Club, hosted them once again on June 22, 1866. As on the two previous occasions, they dropped the game, this time by a relatively competitive score of … Continue reading

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The Second Match Game in Nashville, 1866

After being roundly defeated by the Cumberlands on May 12, 1866, the Rock City club hosted the return match on May 19 at their Edgefield grounds near the suspension bridge (the vicinity of modern Woodland Ave. and 1st St.). Despite … Continue reading

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“Be gentlemen, gentlemen, even if you are defeated a thousand times”

Behold! An elusive, comprehensive, newspaper account of an early Nashville base ball match providing some context to the 1866 season and the landmark Cumberland/Rock City rivalry. This clipping from the October 1, 1866, Nashville Press and Times, provides us with … Continue reading

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