Empire Club of Champaign

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Nick Name Empire
Earliest Known Date 1867
Location Champaign, IL, United States

The Chicago Tribune, July 27, 1867, has an extensive article on the State base ball convention. Among the clubs sending delegates were the Empire of Champaign. The Springfield Daily Illinois State Journal May 14, 1868 reports on a state baseball convention which included delegates of clubs from Bloomington (Empire, Bloomington), Waukegan (Acme, Lake Shore); Champaign (Empire); and Geneseo (Pioneer).

"The beginnings: Champaign in the 1850s and 1860s" (1960) p. 35 explains further: "The Prairie Club of Champaign was organized in April 1867, with P. Van Horn, president; H. G. Gary, vice-president; George S. Scroggs, secretary; and W. S. Maxwell, treasurer." The Empire Club was also formed in 1867.

The Champaign County Gazette, Aug. 10, 1870 reports that the Empire of Champaign are to play the Muffers on Onarga, at the Empire Grounds, "just north of the I.B. and W. Ry. Depot." This would place the grounds just north of the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Ry. Depot, the depot being at Chesnut and Main Streets.


The Chicago Tribune, July 27, 1867. "The beginnings: Champaign in the 1850s and 1860s" (1960) p. 35

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Champaign, IL
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1867 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1867-08-02 Champaign IL Empire Club of Champaign Red Jacket Club of Paxton 62 - 26 Champaign, IL Bruce Allardice

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