Club of Utica

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Nick Name Utica
Earliest Known Date Monday, April 18, 1859
Location Utica, NY, United States

A close game between the Utica Club and the Syracuse BBC occurred in mid-October, with the Syracuse winning 20-19. Peverelly dates the Utica Club to April 1859, but this is the first game account that we know of. It is found in the baseball clippings collection at the Onondaga Hist Assn.

The game account cites coverage in the Utica Telegraph: beside details of the post-game dinner, it saays "Mr. A. Wilkinson received the trophy [for Syracuse]. . . . The Syracuse Club took the cars at 8 1/2 o'clock." The game was umpired by a member of the Olympic Club of Syracuse, and griping ensued in print about his partiality.

A Syracuse cricket club had beaten a Utica cricket club that same week.

See also NYSM 590612; BC 600801 [RH]

NYSM 061259 says, founded 4-26-59 with:

President - Samuel Barnum

Secretary - Wm. J. Doolittle

Treasurer - Samuel J. Lane

Utica is in Central NY, about 80 miles W of Albany and about 50 miles east of Syracuse. Its population in 1860 was about 22,000.


Morris  et al., "Base Ball Pioneers," p. 69.

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

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1859 1 Played 0 Won 0 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 1859-07-16 Utica NY Club of Utica Club of Utica 32 - 23 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1862-09-26 Albany NY Knickerbocker Club of Albany Club of Utica 33 - 18 Craig Waff

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Utica Grounds, near the railroad depot 1859 -

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