Franklins Club of Detroit

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Nick Name Franklins
Earliest Known Date August 1857
Location Detroit, MI, United States

What Peter Morris estimates as possibly the first club west of NYC/NJ was established in Detroit Michigan in the summer of 1857. The club, comprising mostly printers from the Detroit Free Press, was later named the Franklins. Peter writes that the club "was formed by frequenters of the Congress Hall Saloon."

The club may have adjusted to the Knickerbocker rules in steps: Games played on August 15, 1857, were played to 75 and 40 run limits, and a week later 10-player teams squared off. However, published accounts for 1858 make clear that National Association rules were in force.

Detroit's population in 1860 was about 45,500, and it was the 19th largest city in the US.

The club organized as the Franklins on June 26, 1860


Detroit Free Press, June 27, 1860

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Found by Peter Morris
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Detroit, MI
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1860 2 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1857-08-15 Detroit MI Franklins Club of Detroit Franklins Club of Detroit Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1860-09-05 Detroit MI Club of Detroit Franklins Club of Detroit Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1860-09-19 Detroit MI Club of Detroit Franklins Club of Detroit 28 - 15 Bruce Allardice

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