Crescent Base Ball Club of St. John

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Nick Name Crescent
Earliest Known Date 1869
Location Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Nine Class Senior

The biography of Claude Raymond, citing "Baseball," Montreal Star, Aug. 23, 1869, p. 2--"Thanks to its proximity to the U.S. border Saint-Jean was one of the first municipalities in Quebec to take up baseball. In 1869, the Crescent became the first [baseball] team to be formed off the island of Montreal."

The existence of the Crescent BBC is confirmed in the New York Tribune, Sept. 3, 1870, which reports that the Crescent Base Ball Club of St. John, Quebec, will be playing the New York Knickerbockers. The Crescent have already defeated the Rough and Ready club of Chazy, New York.

The Plattsburgh Republican, Aug. 13, 1870 notes the Chazy Club is going north to play the Crescents, and labels the Crescents the champion club of Canada.

It is unclear if this team was composed of Francophones or Anglos.


"Baseball," Montreal Star, Aug. 23, 1869, p. 2. New York Tribune, Sept. 3, 1870

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada


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