Richmond Club of Richmond

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Nick Name Richmond
Earliest Known Date Thursday, July 12, 1866
Location Richmond, VA, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Richmond Dispatch, July 12, 1866, reports that the Richmond BBC will have its first mtch game that day, on grounds opposite Elba Park [ba]

"After the War, the first club was formed in 1866 by Captain Alexander Babcock, profession given as ice dealer. The Richmond Club practiced on a vacant lot (there were a LOT of those in postwar Richmond!) at Franklin and Harrison, near the VCU campus today. Soon thereafter we had the Church Hill Lone Stars, the Union Hill Ashbys, and the Manchester Alerts.  Aggressively Confederate names, at least the first two, but they were countered by the Union Club, comprising employees of the military occupation government."

Daniel, Baseball in Richmond, says that on Nov. 23, 1866 the Spottswood Club beat the Richmond Club 102-76 for the city championship.

On Aug. 2, 1866, the Richmond Club lost to the Ashby Club 43-34 in 8 innings (called because of darkness). The Richmond Dispatch Aug. 2, 1866 says this game was played on the Richmond grounds, near Elba Park. The Richmond Times, Aug. 4, 1866, has a box score. 

At the 1867 state baseball convention Edward Cohen of the Richmond Club was elected president of the association.


Email, Bill Hicklin, 4 February 2016.

See also W. Harrison Daniel , Baseball in Richmond, 

The Richmond Dispatch, July 12, 1866

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Can we add references for this entry? [done--ba]

Was Babcock a Northerner or a local? [a northerner, but resident in Richmond since before the war, and a Confederate army veteran--ba]

Do we have a date for the foundation of this club?

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Found by Bill Hicklin, Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1866 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1866-08-02 Richmond VA Richmond Club of Richmond Union Hill Ashbys Club of Richmond Bill Hicklin
Ballgame 1866-10-13 Richmond VA Richmond Club of Richmond Olympic Club of Richmond 52 - 49 Bill Hicklin
Ballgame 1866-11-23 Richmond VA Richmond Club of Richmond Spottswood Base Ball Club of Richmond 102 - 76 Richmond, VA
Ballgame 1867-07-09 Ashland VA Ashland Club of Ashland Richmond Club of Richmond Bill Hicklin

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Player Years Roles Edit Association with Club
Alexander G. Babcock Founder, Key Player

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Field Years Edit Association with Club
Elba Park 1866

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Probably first BBC in Richmond.