Niagara Base Ball Club of Chicago

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Nick Name Niagara
Earliest Known Date Monday, June 28, 1858
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

"Baseball--A baseball club was organized on Monday evening by a number of young men of this city. They style themselves the Niagara Baseball Club and hold themselves open to play with any junior club that may challenge them after the first of next month. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, P. P. Wood; vice president, G. McCagg; secretary, C. S. Birdsal; treasurer, E. P. Wood; steward, J. O'Neil." (Chicago Democrat, July 2, 1858, cited in Goodspeed's History of Cook County, p. 582).

This sounds like it may be a junior team...... but the team execs seem to be seniors. "P. P. Wood" is Peter Preston Wood (1831-65), a bookkeeper for a lumber yard, captain 1st IL Light Artillery, buried Graceland Cemetery. His brother Edward P., a lumber dealer, and George McCagg (bc. 1834, also in the lumber business) appear to be the other execs (Birdsall can't be found).

A game of this team is mentioned in the New York Sunday Mercury, June 17, 1860. The Chicago Herald, June 11, 1860 reports that the Atlantic Jr. played the Niagara. Same July 20, 1860 has them playing the Ossawatomie. The Chicago Tribune Aug. 9, 1860 says their grounds are at the corner of West Van Buren and Halstead Sts. The Chicago Tribune Oct. 20, 1860 says their grounds are on Sangamon between Jackson and Van Buren.


Chicago Democrat, July 2, 1858

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
Entry Origin Richard Hershberger Spreadsheets

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.

Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1860 5 Played 3 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1860-04-21 Chicago IL Excelsior Jr. Club of Chicago Niagara Base Ball Club of Chicago 44 - 3 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-06-09 Chicago IL Niagara Base Ball Club of Chicago Atlantic, Jr. Club of Chicago 27 - 19 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-07-20 Chicago IL Ossawatamie Club of Chicago Niagara Base Ball Club of Chicago 23 - 51 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-08-23 Chicago IL Niagara Base Ball Club of Chicago Excelsior Jr. Club of Chicago Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-10-20 Chicago IL Niagara Base Ball Club of Chicago Ossawatamie Club of Chicago 28 - 11 Craig Waff

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