Dixie Club of Athens

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Nick Name Dixie
Earliest Known Date 1866
Location Athens, GA, United States
Nine Class Senior
Description

In 1866 a Dixie club composed of university students defeated Gate City of Atlanta. The (Athens) Southern Watchman, July 17, 1867 welcomed “the advent of Base Ball Clubs in our community.” Mentions three clubs already formed, the Franklin, Adelphia, and University (obviously formed around the University of Georgia students, the original name of the school being Franklin College). The Franklin has already played an intra-squad game, among spectators who knew “nothing” about the game.

"Annals of Athens, Georgia, 1801-1901" pp. 344-345 "It was after the war that Bill Hodgson introduced base-ball to Athens." They played in a field across from Col. Morton's residence. Before this, town ball was played.

Athens GA (1870 population about 4200) is about 60 miles NE of Atlanta.

Sources

 (Athens) Southern Watchman, July 17, 1867 

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Athens, GA

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