Excelsior Club of Spring Hill

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Nick Name Excelsior
Earliest Known Date 1868
Location Spring Hill, AL, United States
Modern Address Mobile
Nine Class Senior

The Mobile Register, July 9, 1868, under the headline "Base Ball at Spring Hill" reports that the St. Elmo team is to play the Excelsior team, which is made up of students of Spring Hill College.

Spring Hill was annexed by Mobile in the 1900s. Spring Hill College is an old Jesuit College. Cuhaj, "Baseball in Mobile" pp. 9, 15 says that the college students played baseball among themselves as early as 1860. The book cites the reminiscences of Nemesio Gallo, a Cuban who attended the college starting in May 1860 and later said he learned the game of baseball while at the school. 

Spring Hill was a Catholic school where many of New Orleans' wealthy families sent their sons. Seeing as how baseball was played in New Orlaans in 1859, many of these students would, by 1860 at least, have been exposed to baseball prior to attending.


The Mobile Register, July 9, 1868

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Spring Hill, AL


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