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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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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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The First Baseball Match Ever Played in Tennessee

The first match game of baseball played in Tennessee took place May 12, 1866. This match, between the Cumberland and Rock City Clubs of Nashville, had been originally scheduled forĀ  April 21 (or maybe April 28), 1866, but for some … Continue reading

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The Stonewall Defeat the Rock City 37-20, November 1866

From the Nov. 21, 1866 Nashville Republican Banner: “Base Ball.–A match game of Base Ball, for the Championship of Davidson County, was played yesterday afternoon between the Stonewall and Rock City Clubs, on the grounds of the latter club, in … Continue reading

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Another Report of the Founding of the Rock City Club

I recently posted about the formation of the Rock City Club in April of 1866. For the record, here is a second account, this time from the April 15 edition of the Nashville Weekly Press and Times. “Base Ball.–We are … Continue reading

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The First Tennessee Base Ball Club Organizes, 1866

[Note: Since I first wrote this post, I’ve learned that the Lookout Club of Chattanooga was established in the fall of 1865.] Even though theĀ  Nashville Hickory Club had at least contemplated a game of baseball in 1857, and even … Continue reading

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