Columbia Club of Chicago

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Nick Name Columbia
Earliest Known Date Saturday, May 21, 1859
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Chicago Tribune, May 21, 1859, has notice of a meeting that day of the "new" Columbia Base Ball Club of the 10th Ward. S. F. White, President; Wm. Merrill, VP; John Gillespie, Secy, H. Rapp. Treas. The Chicago Tribune May 21, 1859 and Aug. 9, 1860 says their grounds are at the corner of Canal and Mitchell Sts., opposite to the Gillies (Gelis) House.

Same July 28, 1859 gives a box score of the Columbia-Excelsiors game. The Columbia club consisted of J. J. Gillespie, W. Jauncey, Geo. Simons, Dr. Varian, Ed Simonds, J. H. Lee, F. Saunders, Geo.F. Lee and A. King.


The Chicago Tribune, May 21, July 28, 1859. NYSM 590807

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Chicago Tribune Sat May 21 1859 .jpg

Successor to the 1858 Union Club? Many of the players are the same.

White is probably Samuel F. White (1829-1917), a liquor (and later lumber) dealer. Gillespie is the future Chicago Excelsiors guy (1833-1901). No suitable Rapp or Merrill on the 1860 census or 1861 Chicago Directory. 

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Found by Richard Hershberger
Entered by Bruce Allardice
Entry Origin Richard Hershberger Spreadsheets

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1859-07-27 Chicago IL Excelsior Club of Chicago Columbia Club of Chicago 49 - 33 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1859-08-01 Chicago IL Columbia Club of Chicago Columbia Club of Chicago Craig Waff

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Columbia grounds at the corner of Canal and Mitchell streets

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