Detroit Base Ball Club of Detroit

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Nick Name Detroit
Earliest Known Date Monday, April 3, 1865
Location Detroit, MI, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Detroit Free Press, April 5, 1865 reports that on April 3 the Detroit BBC of Detroit was organized, with R. H. Anderson as president.

This club won a state tournament that September and claimed the state championship. See same, Oct. 5, 1865.

One early president of the club was Edward Orr.  Protoball user Shannon Gordon put his genealogical skills to work, finding Orr in different censuses and newspaper articles, figuring out where he was from (New Hampshire) what he did for a living (merchant), and his social involvement (Young Men’s Association, Fire Department Trustee).  Orr became club President in 1861, having served as treasurer previously.  John S. Newberry had been the first president.



The Detroit Free Press, April 5, 1865; emails from Shannon Gordon, 8/27-28/2020.


Prominent lawyer and industrialist John Stoughton Newberry was later elected to Congress.

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Do we think the club formed in April 1865 was the same group that formed in the 1850s?  Given the intervening war, could it have been a separate undertaking?

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Found by Bruce Allardice, Shannon Gordon
Entered by Bruce Allardice

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1861 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1861-08-23 Detroit MI Detroit Base Ball Club of Detroit Burlington Club of Hamilton Ontario 52 - 55 Martin Lacoste

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Prominent lawyer and industrialist John Stoughton Newberry was later elected to Congress.