Defiance Base Ball Club of Cape Girardeau

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Nick Name Defiance
Earliest Known Date Thursday, June 11, 1868 (Foundation Date)
Location Cape Girardeau, MO, United States
Nine Class Senior

Our city is hereafter to be equal to her sister cities throughout the land in this, that she is to have her base ball club. The young men of the city, on Monday night, met and organized as follows:

Wm. A. Ritter, President;

T. Gilroy, Vice President;

Geo. E. Chappell, Secretary;

John McClean, Treasurer.

The Club adjourned to meet again on Friday night. In this connection we would urge upon merchants the utility of allowing their clerks to become proficient “ballists,” as it will tend to keep them lively when about their daily vocations.

-Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, June 11, 1868


On Tuesday evening of last week, Defiance Base Ball Club, of this city, were the recipients of a handsome ball and bat from Mr. Will V. Leech.

-Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, July 9, 1868


Go and see the performance of the Defiance Base Ball Club, to-night at Turners' Hall.

-Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, August 27, 1868


Having heard the report, on our streets, that the Defiance Base Ball Club were challenged by the Lightning Club, of Jackson, for a game, and declined, as they were returning from Marble Hill, I desire to say that we were solicited to play a game for fun, but having, on Saturday afternoon, played for three hours, and danced until 12 A.M., the same night, added to the trip, we were worn and fatigued too much to stop; but hold ourselves in readiness to respond to all communications coming from the constituted authority of any Club in Southeast Missouri. Respect'y,

Will A. Ritter,

President Defiance B.B.C.

-Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, September 10, 1868

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Found by Jeffrey Kittel
Entered by Jeffrey Kittel
First in Location Cape Girardeau, MO
Local-Origin Study Groups Missouri Project


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