First Known Interstate Challenge of a Men's Team by a Female Team

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Date August 1871
Location Memphis, TN, United States

A Memphis newspaper printed this: “It is reported that the Mutuals of this city, and champions of Tennessee, have received a challenge to play a match game with the female base ball club of Illinois, which club is known by the appellation of the Picked Femi-nine.”

It is possible that this was a joke based on a quip that had been circulating in various papers for years about a name for a female base ball nine being a "Femi-nine." But it is also possible that someone like Sylvester Wilson had organized some sort of early barnstorming female team. More research needs to be done.


“Brevities,” (Memphis) Public Ledger (9 Aug 1871), 3.

Submitted by Debra A. Shattuck


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