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-e09f2256ed49

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Enterprise Club of Chicago 1868
Eureka Club of Chicago 1868
Excelsior Club of Chicago 1868

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