Excelsior Base Ball Club of Pana

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Nick Name Excelsiors
Earliest Known Date August 1867
Location Pana, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Decatur (IL) Republican Aug. 22, 1867, under the headline "Base Ball" reported that the Excelsiors of Pana defeated the McPhersons of Decatur 57 to 49 Thursday in Decatur. The game was played on the McPherson club grounds "near the depot." A box score is given.


The Decatur (IL) Republican Aug. 22, 1867


"Baseball Pioneers, 1850-1870, The Clubs And Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide"
edited by Peter Morris,, William J. Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin
Publisher: McFarland and Company
Jefferson, North Carolina 2012

Chapter 6, Page 203
"...Even more importantly, for every player and club that proved itself on the national stage,
there were dozens who became local legends. In Pana, Illinois for example, "the first
baseball club was named the Excelsiors. J.C. McQuigg, still a leading attorney of Pana,
was the star catcher and batter of the club. He was known as the Babe Ruth of Central
Illinois, and won the state championship by knocking the ball out of the state fairgrounds
at Decatur, Illinois, for a home run and brought in three men with him, winning the game
and the silver cup."

Jay McAfee note:
J.C. McQuigg is James C. McQuigg, son of John McQuigg Sr. & Sarah McAfee of Wayne County, Ohio. James was a Civil War Veteran and was severely wounded at the battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, Dec. 29, 1862.

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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
1867 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1867 Decatur IL McPherson Club of Decatur Excelsior Base Ball Club of Pana 20 - 58 Decatur, IL Bruce Allardice

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