Excelsior Club of Nashville

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Nick Name Excelsiors
Earliest Known Date Friday, December 21, 1866
Location Nashville, TN, United States
Nine Class Senior

“The colored young men of the city took the base ball fever some time ago, and organized a club from the choicest material on hand, calling it the Excelsior. Having a high estimate of their skill in the national game, the Excelsiors have challenged every other club in the city, but unfortunately without getting any response.”

Brunson, "Black Baseball" p. 246


"Local Jottings." Nashville Union and Dispatch. Dec. 21, 1866: 3. Web, Chronicling AmericaMar. 24, 2014. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1866-12-21/ed-1/seq-3/

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The Excelsiors were presumably the first black team in Nashville, as indicated by their inability to find an opponent.

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Found by Christopher Ryland
Entered by Christopher Ryland
Local-Origin Study Groups Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball


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