Club of Charleston

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Nick Name Charleston
Earliest Known Date Wednesday, June 2, 1869
Location Charleston, MO, United States

The picked nine of the Charleston BBC went to Hickman, KY to play the local team, winning 59-25. Charleston Courier Oct. 8, 1869, cited in Obion Origins, August 2004.

Charleston MO (current pop. about 4700) is about 150 miles SE of St. Louis near the Kentucky border and about 50 miles W of Paducah KY. Hickman KY (current pop. about 2,500)is near the SW corner of Kentucky.


Charleston Base Ball Club. - The members of this Club have been “pitching in” in earnest since their organization, taking advantage of every fair evening by practising on their grounds. They met at 4 ½ P.M. on Tuesday, and after playing an inning or two, had to quit on account of a storm coming up. By agreement, the Club met at the same hour the following evening, and commenced playing, but soon the discovery was made that most of the good players were on one side, so there was a division called, Geo. Bridges acting as captain for one squad, and John Wilson for the other. Lemonades for the whole party being at stake, the players went to work in earnest and at the close of three innings, scored as follows: [20-20.] 

The score at this stage of the game stood even, but in consequence of the rain, playing was supended until early on Friday evening next, when the same members propose playing a match game of nine innings each.

-Charleston Courier (Charleston, Mo.), June 2, 1869

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Found by Bruce Allardice and Jeffrey Kittel
First in Location Charleston, MO
Entry Origin Sabrpedia
Local-Origin Study Groups Missouri Project


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2371 days ago
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Charleston appears to have had a club a couple months earlier. The Commerce [MO] Dispatch, Aug. 14, 1869 says the Lone Star of Morley and the Charleston BBC are to play a game. Same July 24, 1869 notes: "The grounds of the Charleston Base Ball Club were overflowed and they were compelled to select another field for their operations."

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