Penfield Club of Oberlin College

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Nick Name Penfield
Earliest Known Date 1865
Location Oberlin, OH, United States
Nine Class Senior

Morris et. al., "Base Ball Pioneers. 1850-1870," p. 126, notes that the Penfield Club of Oberlin College defeated the Forest City BBC of Cleveland, 67-28, on Oct. 20, 1865 in Cleveland. In a game the next year, Forest City defeated the Penfield. David Zang's bio of Fleetwood Walker, pp. 20-22, says the Oberlin team had a black 1st baseman in 1865, making it the first multiracial team we know of.

William Castle of Hawaii, who attended Oberlin 1864-66, recalled in his memoirs he played baseball there and introduced the "new" game to Hawaii.


Morris et al., "Baseball Pioneers: 1850-1870," p. 126

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Found by Bruce Allardice

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1865 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1865-10-20 Cleveland OH Forest City Base Ball Club of Cleveland Penfield Club of Oberlin College 28 - 67 Cleveland, OH

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