Kekionga Base Ball Club of Fort Wayne

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Nick Name Kekionga Base Ball Club
Earliest Known Date June 1866
Location Fort Wayne, IN, United States

The Kekionga Base Ball Club formed after the Civil War, filling the void left by the Summit City club.

By 1867, the club would have plenty of opponents to choose from in the area, and beyond, including Toledo, Ohio.

By 1871, the Kekiongas made the transition to professionalism and were a charter member of the National Association in 1871.

They were 7-12 in that lone season and collapsed by September due to financial difficulties.

Excerpts from Fort Wayne Daily Gazette about the club's formation:

Monday, July 2, 1866, Page 3, 1st column, 7th item of "City and Vicinity":

BASE BALL CLUB -- The members of the Base Ball Club met at the office of Esquire Milliman Saturday evening, and completed their organization by adopting a Constitution and By Laws, and electing the following officers: Pres Lt. Col C B Oakley, Vice Pres Robert Milliman, Sec Robert Fisher, Treas Chas Gorham. Captains, Fred Drake and ---- Diehl. The Club will meet for practice twice a week -- Tuesday morning at half past five and Friday afternoon at four o'clock on grounds north of the canal on the commons.

Thursday, July 12, 1866, Page 3, 1st column, 8th item of "City and Vicinity":

BASE BALL CLUB -- The Kekionga Base Ball Club is now fully organized, and practicing regularly twice a week. They will meet for practice tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock, on the commons North of BOWSER & Co's Foundry. The public is invited to attend, ladies included ...


They were named after a local Indian tribe.

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