Minerva Base Ball Club of Philadelphia
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|Nick Name||Minerva Base Ball Club|
|Earliest Known Date||Sunday, June 10, 1860 -- One claim is for an 1858 estab..|
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|Location||Philadelphia, PA, United States|
[A] Peverelly reports that this club was organized June 10, 1857, and "is one of the oldest Philadelphia clubs.."
"From 1857 to 1864 the club was successful in every match except two, which they played with the celebrated Athletics od the same city."
[B] However, an 1865 article states that "the Minervas held the Junior Championship from 1860 to 1863, when they disbanded . . . "
[C] Richard Hershberger observes that Peverelly relied on self-reporting from later club sources, and that "there is no other record of the Minervas that early, that it is implausibly early for Philadelphia, and that multiple period sources from both New York and Philadelphia cite the Penn Tigers of 1858 as the first club in Philadelphia to play the New York game. This leaves open the possibility that the Minervas originally formed to play town ball, but Philadelphia town ball competition is well documented from 1858-1860, and there is no mention of the Minerva club."
[A] Freyer and Rucker, Peverelly's National Game (Arcadia, 2005), page 102.
[B] Philadelphia City Item, May 13, 1865.
[C] Email from Richard Hershberger, November 20, 2013.
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|Found by||Richard Hershberger|
|Submission Note||Email of 11/20/2013.|
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know
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|Ballgame||1860-11-17||Philadelphia||PA||Minerva Base Ball Club of Philadelphia||Leola Club of Philadelphia||Craig Waff|
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