Club of Jacksonville

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Nick Name Jacksonville
Earliest Known Date February 1867
Location Jacksonville, FL, United States
Description

An article suggests that the new Tallahassee club (the Leon BBC) play a club that has been formed in Jacksonville. See Semi-Weekly Floridian, February 8, 1867.

In later years Jacksonville hosted big league teams looking for winter practice. The Sporting Life Feb. 29, 1888 headlines a "Florida League" of 8 clubs which is "assured" of forming, in an article signed "Burbridge." This is George V. Burbridge (1854-99), son of Jacksonville mayor and Confederate army Colonel John Q. Burbridge. George, a Notre Dame grad, had played minor league baseball up north, and promoted both his opera houses and local baseball.

Sporting Life March 20, 1889 reports that the Philadelphia Phillies, then at Jacksonville, beat a local team featuring future big leaguer George Stallings. See also same, Jan. 24, 1890 and Feb. 26, 1890.

At the time (1867) and for decades thereafter Jacksonville was Florida's largest city.

Sources

Semi-Weekly Floridian, February 8, 1867

Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location FL
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

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Bsallardice

1193 days ago
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For more on the 1892 Jacksonville team in the Florida League, see the Leesburg entry.

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