Franklin Base Ball Club of Saint Joseph

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Nick Name Franklin Base Ball Club
Earliest Known Date Saturday, April 7, 1860
Location Saint Joseph, MO, United States

From Protoball Entry #1860.31 – Base Ball Crosses State of Missouri

"BASE BALL IN MISSOURI: St. Joseph, Mo, April 7, 1860. Friend Clipper: On Saturday last, a" jovial party" met on the ground near the cemetery, to engage in he healthful and vigorous game of ball; parties were paired off, and the game was one of lively interest to all. After the game was closed, it was decided to form a "Ball Club". . . . On motion of Jos. Tracy, the name of the Club was fixed as the "Franklin Base Ball Club."

The NY Mercury, 4-22-1860, reports the formation of this club, with W. D. Egbert as President. [BA]

St. Joseph (1860 pop. about 8900) is about 50 miles north of Kansas City MO on the Missouri River and the Kansas/MO state line. There is no solid clue here as to whether this team was to follow rules for the New York game.

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First in Location Saint Joseph, MO
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