Excelsior Club of Chicago
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|Earliest Known Date||1858|
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|Location||Chicago, IL, United States|
"Dear Spirit – The baseball clubs of this city are in active preparation for their season, which promises to be a lively one. There are three or four clubs here. The Excelsior is the most prominent one, and is one of the pioneer clubs, having been in existence for a year or more."
Signed, "Chicago," May 1, 1859. Spirit of the Times, as referenced in Spink, The National Game, page 63.
In fact, the Excelsior club played games in 1858. See games compilation.
The Excelsior may have been formed in 1857. See the Chicago Republican (Inter Ocean), Aug. 17, 1865.
The Chicago Tribune, May 31, 1868, has an article on the new grounds of the Excelsior club, on State St. near 23rd, a fenced in area 475 x 700 "perfectly smooth and level" with an amphitheater for the fans and facilities for the players. The Chicago Tribune Aug. 15, 1865 says their grounds are at the corner of May and West Lake Sts.
This club was Chicago's most prominent, often its most successful. See the Morris book on Baseball Pioneers. It dissolved in 1868. See the Chicago Tribune, Nov. 7, 1868.
Spink, The National Game, page 63. Morris et. al, "Baseball Pioneers."
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|Found by||Bruce Allardice|
|Entered by||Bruce Allardice|
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know
Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.
|1858||2 Played||2 Won||0 Lost||0 Tied|
|1859||6 Played||2 Won||2 Lost||0 Tied|
|1860||4 Played||0 Won||2 Lost||0 Tied|
|Page||Date||City||Borough||State||Team 1||Team 2||Score||First in||Contributor|
|Ballgame||1858-08-30||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Union Club of Chicago||17 - 11||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1858-09-13||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Union Club of Chicago||30 - 17||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1859-06-11||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Atlantic Club of Chicago||31 - 17||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1859-07-16||Chicago||IL||Atlantic Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||30 - 23||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1859-07-27||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Columbia Club of Chicago||49 - 33||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1859-08-08||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1859-08-16||Chicago||IL||Atlantic Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||18 - 16||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1859-10-29||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||24 - 12||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1860-06-22||Chicago||IL||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1860-08-20||Chicago||IL||Atlantic Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||17 - 9||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1860-08-26||Chicago||IL||Atlantic Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||23 - 12||Craig Waff|
|Ballgame||1860-09-22||Chicago||IL||Atlantic Club of Chicago||Excelsior Club of Chicago||Craig Waff|
No players have been associated with this Club yet.
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|Excelsior Grounds, State and 22nd||1868|
|Excelsior grounds at the corner of Lake and May streets|