Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport

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Nick Name Empire
Earliest Known Date Monday, May 26, 1862
Location Freeport, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Freeport Journal, June 6, 1866, has a lengthy and interesting article titled "Empire Base Ball Club...History of the Club." The detailed article says the club was formally organized May 26, 1862, but couldn't find a team to play against until they played the Garden City of Chicago in a home and home tournament June 10, July 4, 1863. The Empire won the latter game and, according to the newspaper, "was pronounced the Champion club of the State." They played the Empire of St. Louis July 4, 1865, losing 27 to 20. On Sept. 29, 1865 they beat the Julian of Dubuque, at Dubuque, 27 to 26. The article gives the names of the organizers of the team and the current players.

The Chicago Tribune, July 10, 1863 reports on the 2nd game of the Empire-Garden City contest, at Freeport on July 4th. The Empire won 40-20. Gives a box score.

The Freeport Weekly Journal, April 12, 1865: "the Empire Base Ball Club have again reorganized" with "John Neff, president" and "A. Brewster, capt. on field."

Same, Aug. 2, 1865, reports that "Monday" the Empires visited the Forest City of Rockford, beating them 55-21.

The St. Louis Globe Democrat, July 8, 1865 gives a long report of the game between the Empire and the St. Louis team.

The Freeport Journal April 3, 1867, under the headline "Base Ball Club" reports on the "reorganization" of the "Empire Base Ball Club of this city". W. B.  Thomas was elected president and captain. An initiation fee of $1.00 was set.

Same June 7, 1867 has the Empire defeating the Stars 10-9.


The Freeport Journal, June 6, 1866

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Found by Bruce Allardice
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.

Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1863 3 Played 2 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied
1865 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1863-06-10 Chicago IL Garden City Base Ball Club of Chicago Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport 27 - 21 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1863-07-04 Freeport IL Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport Garden City Base Ball Club of Chicago 40 - 20 Freeport, IL Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1863-08-06 Freeport IL Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport Garden City Base Ball Club of Chicago 23 - 17 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-07-04 Freeport IL Empire Club of St. Louis Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport 27 - 20 Bob Tholkes
Ballgame 1865-07-31 Rockford IL Forest City Club of Rockford Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport 21 - 55 Rockford, IL Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-09-29 Dubuque IA Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport Empire Club of St. Louis 5 - 11 Bob Tholkes
Ballgame 1865-10-07 Freeport IL Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport Excelsior Club of Chicago 15 - 16 Bob Tholkes

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Field Years Edit Association with Club
Empire Club Grounds, Freeport 1865 - 67

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