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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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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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First Tennessee Base Ball Association Convention, 1867

From the Nashville Union and Dispatch, May 3, 1867. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1867-05-03/ed-1/seq-3/ The first meeting of the Tennessee Base Ball Association was held in Chattanooga on May 1, 1867. This organization billed itself as representing clubs from the entire state, but was … Continue reading

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Tennessee Teams at the NABBP 10th Annual Convention, 1866

The 10th Annual Convention of the National Association of Base Ball Players, held in December, 1866, attracted 202 clubs from 17 states and the District of Columbia. Tennessee was the state farthest south, with two clubs “represented.” Nevertheless, neither of … Continue reading

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Tennessee State Championship Challenge, 1866

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1866-12-01/ed-1/seq-5.pdf On November 20, 1866, the Chattanooga Lookouts challenged the Nashville Cumberlands to play a Thanksgiving match for the state championship. The Cumberlands accepted, with the stipulation that the match be postponed until spring, as the baseball season was over. … Continue reading

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