Galena Base Ball Club of Galena

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Nick Name Galena
Earliest Known Date August 1866
Location Galena, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

Don Korte's "Galena's Baseball Legacy" (citing old newspapers) says that in July of 1866 the youthful Hellman brothers put an ad in the paper looking for volunteers who were interested in playing baseball. Those interested were "to leave their names at the Hellman store at 130 Main Street. Later, during August, the self proclaimed but unofficial Galena Base Ball Club requested the full attendance of all members at the DeSoto House." There's no evidence this team played a game in 1866.

The 1867 Jo Daviess team (which see) soon changed its name to the Galena. Korte's book gives brief bios of the players on this 1867 (and after) team.


Don Korte's "Galena's Baseball Legacy"

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Galena, IL
Has Supplemental Text Yes

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1867 1 Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1867-07-08 Hazel Green WI Club of Platteville Galena Base Ball Club of Galena Hazel Green, WI Bruce Allardice

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Supplemental Text

Korte's book lists Galena teams that played in the 1870s, including the High School, Normal School, Rough and Readies. Sardines, Turks, Daisy Cutters, Silver Fetters and Badgers.