Holston Club of Knoxville

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Nick Name Holston
Earliest Known Date Wednesday, May 1, 1867
Location Knoxville, TN, United States

The Holston Club was represented at the first meeting of the Tennessee Base Ball Convention, in May of 1867.

The Memphis Appeal, September 18, 1867 passes along a Knoxville Whig article on a game between the Holston of Knoxville and the Mountain City of Chattanooga for the state championship. The club disbanded soon after losing the state championship in 1868 to a Nashville club.

Knoxville's population in 1870 was about 8700. Knoxville is about 100 miles NE of Chattanooga.


"Base Ball Convention." Nashville Union and Dispatch. 3 May, 1867: 3. Web, Chronicling America. 03 Jan, 2015.http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038521/1867-05-03/ed-1/seq-3/

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Mostly Confederate sympathizers, many too young to have fought in the war.

The club probably named after the Holston River (the then-name for the Tennessee River, which flows past Knoxville). Their home grounds were near Cripple (now First) Creek, and William Hardy says the location was about where the new Smokies Stadium is being built. 

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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

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1867 3 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied
1868 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1867-05-04 Knoxville TN City Club of Knoxville Holston Club of Knoxville Knoxville, TN
Ballgame 1867-09-21 Athens TN Mountain City Club of Chattanooga Holston Club of Knoxville Athens, TN Christopher Ryland
Ballgame 1867-11-28 Knoxville TN Holston Club of Knoxville Gate City BBC of Atlanta 18 - 21 Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1868-09-12 Nashville TN Holston Club of Knoxville Nashville Base Ball Club 10 - 34 Christopher Ryland

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Player Years Roles Edit Association with Club
Armstrong 1868
Clark 1868
Hugh French 1868
Lane 1868
Lowry 1868
Putnam 1868
R.L. Woodward 1867
Ross 1868
Williams 1868

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