Excelsior Grounds, State and 22nd
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|Location||Chicago, IL, United States|
|Modern Address||2200 South State|
The Chicago Tribune, May 31, 1868, has an article on the new grounds of the Excelsior club, on State St. near 23rd, a fenced in area 475 x 700 "perfectly smooth and level" with an amphitheater for the fans and facilities for the players. According to Morris, "Base Ball Pioneers" p. 215, the Enterprise and Eureka BBCs co-leased this property.
The Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1868 says the Excelsiors will lease the grounds of the National Skating Club for their grounds this season. The Chicago Evening Post, Jan. 16, 1868 reports the Excelsiors playing a game of baseball at the National Skating Park. The NSP was located on this site prior to 1868.
There's a long wikipedia article on this site. See also Tribune, Aug. 7, 1868.
The Chicago Tribune, March 13, May 17, 31, 1868; Chicago Evening Post, May 15, 1867, Jan. 16, May 11, 1868
The early name for 22nd was Ringgold. It is named Cermak today. The Ulich (Uhlich) Hotel was located at 22nd St. and State.
A city directory located the National Skating Park, on the west side of State, from 23d to 24th
A diagram and later history can be found at https://medium.com/the-wrigley-rapport/23rd-street-grounds-the-long-forgotten-first-home-of-the-chicagos-nl-ballclub-e09f2256ed49Edit with form to add a comment
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|Found by||Bruce Allardice|
|Entered by||Bruce Allardice|
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|Enterprise Club of Chicago||1868|
|Eureka Club of Chicago||1868|
|Excelsior Club of Chicago||1868|
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