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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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The Excelsiors Once Again Challenge the White Clubs of Davidson County

I previously posted about the Excelsiors’ 1866 attempts to integrate base ball matches in Tennessee, apparently without success. Here they are again in February of 1868. “Africa Against the Field–The Excelsior Base Ball Club (colored) announces its willingness to play … Continue reading

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The First Black Base Ball Club in Nashville?

From the Nashville Union and Dispatch, Dec. 21, 1866 “The colored young men of the city took the base ball fever some time ago, and organized a club from the choicest material on hand, calling it the Excelsior. Having a … Continue reading

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An Account of African American Teams in Giles Co., TN, in 1876

On September 14, 1876, the Pulaski Citizen (yes, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan) published a report on several base ball matches between black teams, taking place the previous Saturday (September 9) in Elkton, TN. Elkton lies about five … Continue reading

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