Celestials Club of Pekin

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Nick Name Celestials
Earliest Known Date September 1860
Location Pekin, IL, United States

Citing records at the Peoria Public Library, a 1996 article on the Peoria Journal Star by Bill Adams says "the first baseball club in Pekin was organized in September of 1860 and called the Celestial Base Ball Club of Pekin."
The club adopted the New York rules.

Pekin Tazewell Republican, Sept. 7, 1860 reports the organization meeting of this club.

The Daily Illinois State Journal, Sept. 16, 1867, notes the Lincoln BBC beat the Celestials of Pekin "last week" 68 to 39.

Pekin (1870 pop. 5696) was named after Pekin(g), China, then known as the Celestial Kingdom. Hence the team's nickname.


The Daily Illinois State Journal, Sept. 16, 1867

Jonathan Wright, "For the Love of the Game," Peoria Magazine, July/Aug. 2012.

Pekin Tazewell Republican, Sept. 7, 1860

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Pekin, IL
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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