Independent Club of Petersburg

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Nick Name Independents
Earliest Known Date October 1866
Location Petersburg, VA, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Alexandria Gazette, October 30, 1866 notes that Petersburg has just organized a baseball club.

This is probably the Independents Club, which is mentioned numerous times in the local newspapers the next couple years. For example, the first mention of a baseball team in the Petersburg Progress-Index is March 27, 1867 where a meeting of the Independent BBC is announced. Same Jan. 8, 1868 reviews the Independent's 1867 season, where they won 9 of 13 games. This article gives the players names, offensive statistics, and what teams they beat. Same May 25, 1868 announces the newly elected officers of the club, with David A. Bisset Jr. as president. Bisset (1842-85) was a VMI attendee, civil engineer,a nd 2nd Lt. CSA during the war.

Petersburg VA (current pop. about 32,500) is about 25 miles S of Richmond VA and about 55 miles N of the North Carolina border.


The Alexandria Gazette, October 30, 1866. Petersburg Progress-Index March 27, 1867

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Petersburg, VA
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1867-04 Petersburg VA Independent Club of Petersburg Contest Club of Petersburg 80 - 56 Petersburg, VA Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1867-09-10 Richmond VA Pastimes Club of Richmond Independent Club of Petersburg 20 - 19 Bill Hicklin

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