Garden City Club of Tallahassee

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Nick Name Garden City
Earliest Known Date 1874
Location Tallahassee, FL, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Savannah Morning News, Aug. 11, 1874, notes that the Garden City Club is to play in Savannah against the local "Juniors" for the GA-FL championship. Prints a letter by "D. Wilson, secretary, Base Ball Association of Florida" saying Garden City is the champion club of Florida, having beaten the Jefferson of Monticello and the DeSoto of Lake City.

This man is David C. Wilson(1843-1906), a local merchant and Confederate army veteran.

Wilson's claim to the state championship was disputed in the SMN 8-15-74 issued by "Charles T. Carroll, Secretary Jefferson Base Ball Club" of Monticello.

The "Spirt of the Times" (1874, p. 219) has a long letter about a dispute for the state championship. Evidently the R. E. Lee of Jacksonville challenged the Garden City to a best 2 of 3. The Lee won the first game (Aug. 27 in Jacksonville) 14-13. Tallahassee took the 2nd, 33-14, Sept. 9th at Tallahassee. The third game was never played. Garden City objected to a Lee player's eligibility, and refused to play. The Lee claimed the championship by forfeit.

Same July 26, 1875 notes that the Dixie's of Savannah beat the Garden City of Tallahassee at Tallahassee on the 23rd.


The Savannah Morning News, Aug. 11, 1874

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