Excelsior Club of Chicago

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Nick Name Excelsior
Earliest Known Date 1858
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Description

"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.

Sources

 Spink, The National Game, page 63. Morris et. al, "Baseball Pioneers."

Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

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.

Year Games Wins Losses Ties
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

Ballgames

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

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Playing Fields

Field Years Edit Association with Club
Excelsior Grounds, State and 22nd 1868
Excelsior grounds at the corner of Lake and May streets

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Bsallardice

1316 days ago
Score 0
See NYSM 590807 [RH]

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