Canastota Club

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Nick Name Canastota Club
Earliest Known Date Saturday, June 25, 1859 -- No later than August 1859
Location Canastota, NY, United States

The Oneida Sachem, June 25, 1859 says Canastota organized a base ball club last Monday evening, adopting the rules of the Syracuse BBC and electing J. C. Irish as president/captain, Charles Grunow as VP.  The Syracuse Courier, July 1, 1859, reports the organization of this bbc, and that the bbc had a practice game Saturday last. [ba]

The first known reference to a Canastota Club match game was in a Syracuse newspaper account of its game against the visiting Syracuse BBC in August 1859. The game was played in a grassy field where "the very many little depressions of an ordinary meadow field rendered entirely uncertain the course of a bounding ball." SBBC won the game by 6 runs.

This is one of two games, both against Syracuse clubs in 1859, that are found in the baseball clipping collection of the Onondaga Hist. Assn. An account of a "return game" against SBBC on September 15, 1859, includes a reference to the trophy ball being presented at the post-game dinner.

See Oneida Sachem 590915 [rh]

Canastota NY is about 20 miles east of Syracuse. Its population is now about 4000.


The Oneida Sachem, June 25, 1859. Syracuse Courier, July 1, 1859

Morris, "Base ball Pioneers," p. 72

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Found by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Canastota, NY
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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