Club of Newburgh

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Nick Name Newburgh
Earliest Known Date 1856 -- "As early as 1856"
Location Newburgh, NY, United States

"The Newburghs was the name of the first base ball club of a representative character. They were organized as early as 1856, and played games with all the clubs hereabouts, and with New York and Brooklyn clubs. Their particular rivals were the Highlands, of New Windsor . . . . The Newburghs were composed of [17 named individuals]. The ball grounds of the Newburghs were in the field at the corner of South and Johnston Streets. The home plate was in the shade of a willow tree at the south end. There were at one time two small club-house there; one was square and belonged to the Newburgh Club: the other, octagon shaped, belonged to the Hudson Rivers."

J. Nutt, compiler, Newburgh: Her Institutions, Industries and Leading Citizens (Ritchie and Hull, Newburgh, 1891), page 328.

See also NYSM 590925 [RH]

From Protoball Entry #1858.5 – Seven More Clubs Publish Their Rules

David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 224, lists 7 clubs with new rulebooks in 1858. They include base ball clubs in Stamford CT [Mazeppa BB Club], Newburgh NY [Newburgh BB Club, Louisville [KY]? [Louisville BB Club], New York City [Independent BB Club], South Brooklyn [Olympic BB Club], Jersey City [Hamilton BB Club], and, formed to play the Massachusetts Game, the Takewambait BB Club of Natick MA.

Note: Newburgh lost to the Eckford Club of Brooklyn on 11/24/1859, 58-19. M. Wright, The NABBP, page 32.



Morris, "Base Ball Pioneers," p. 42, citing Nutt.


Newburgh had 12,578 residents in 1860. [ba]

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First in Location Newburgh, NY
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.

Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1858 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied
1859 2 Played 1 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied
1862 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1858-11-22 New York Manhattan NY Highlands Club of New Windsor Club of Newburgh 40 - 31 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1859-09-15 Newburgh NY Hudson River Club of Newburgh Club of Newburgh 26 - 29 Bob Tholkes
Ballgame 1859-11-24 Newburgh NY Eckford Club of Brooklyn Club of Newburgh 58 - 19 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-08-29 Greenpoint Brooklyn NY Eckford Club of Brooklyn Club of Newburgh 36 - 22 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1862-07-04 Newburgh NY Club of Newburgh Eckford Club of Brooklyn 29 - 74 Bob Tholkes

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