Base Ball Club of Medicine Hat

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Nick Name Medicine Hat
Earliest Known Date 1887
Location Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Nine Class Senior

Grace Christie, "Baseball in Medicine Hat," article online at

"Baseball was popular in the Territory from 1883-1905.

With the formation of a baseball association in 1888 interest really perked up. The Medicine Hat Baseball Club announced that it was prepared “to play any nine in the northwest for fun, money or marbles.” (Med Hat Times, July 6, 1888) Before the 1888 season was finished the Medicine Hat boys played teams from Calgary, Lethbridge and Donald, BC, winning most of their games.

The Baseball Association also upgraded the baseball diamond with much effort and money raised voluntarily. Some considered it the finest diamond in the entire Northwest. It was located on the North side of the river near the railroad bridge.

The year 1888 saw the Medicine Hat baseball team do well playing throughout the Territory and entertaining many teams at home. On July 1, 1888 Lethbridge was in town to play the Medicine Hat team. According to the Medicine Hat Times of July 6, 1888, the home team got 6 runs in the first inning and then had many errors in the next inning allowing Lethbridge to score runs. The final score was 17-15 in favour of the home team! The Times also mentioned that “umpiring by Engineer James Fisher was perfect, if umpiring can be brought down to perfection and he was pronounced the best umpire in the land.”

The return match with Lethbridge was scheduled for August 6, 1888. Players and fans left Medicine Hat by train at 3 AM. The train arrived in Lethbridge at 11:15 AM and the game started at 2:30 PM. The final score was 13-10 for Medicine Hat."

The Prince Albert Times, April 8, 1887 reports that Medicine Hat has 2 BBCs.

Medicine Hat was founded in 1883, and incorporated as a city in 1898.


Grace Christie, "Baseball in Medicine Hat," article online at

The Prince Albert Times, April 8, 1887


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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada


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