Forest City Club of Rockford

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Nick Name Forest City
Earliest Known Date Wednesday, June 7, 1865
Location Rockford, IL, United States

The Rock River Democrat, May 31, 1865: "Base Ball. The young men of this city are forming an association in ye ancient game of base ball. The association is to consist of not more than thirty members and will be called the Forest City Base Ball Club." Morris, "Baseball Pioneers" says the club actually formed June 7, 1865. 

The Rockford Weekly Register Gazette, June 10, 1865, report this club just formed.

The Forest City lost to the visiting Empire of Freeport 55-21 on "Monday". Freeport Weekly Journal, Aug. 2, 1865. They played in the Set. 19/20 1865 tournament in Rockford, losing to the Atlantic of Chicago 26-20.

The Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette, Sept. 30, 1865, reports that the Forest City beat the Sinnissippi 55-17 for the county championship, and gives a box score.

The Forest City Club of Rockford IL is listed in Peverelly [1866]. Rockford IL is about 80 miles NW of Chicago. It had 8,246 residents in 1865.


The Rock River Democrat, May 31, 1865, Sept. 30, 1865. Freeport Weekly Journal, Aug. 2, 1865. The Rockford Weekly Register Gazette, June 10, Oct. 7, 1865

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.

Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1865 6 Played 4 Won 2 Lost 0 Tied
1871 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1865-07-31 Rockford IL Forest City Club of Rockford Empire Base Ball Club of Freeport 21 - 55 Rockford, IL Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-08-29 Rockford IL Forest City Club of Rockford Sinnissippi Club of Rockford 18 - 9 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-09-19 Rockford IL Atlantic Club of Chicago Forest City Club of Rockford 26 - 20 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-09-29 Rockford IL Forest City Club of Rockford Sinnissippi Club of Rockford 55 - 17 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-10-20 Freeport IL Shaffers Club of Freeport Forest City Club of Rockford 23 - 31 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1865-11-07 Rockford IL Forest City Club of Rockford Select nine of Rockford players 31 - 19 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1871-08-12 Toronto Ontario Maple Leaf Club of Guelph Forest City Club of Rockford 3 - 39 Bruce Allardice

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Field Years Edit Association with Club
Winnebago County Fairgrounds 1866 - 1887

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