Rio Grande Club of Brownsville

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Nick Name Rio Grande
Earliest Known Date 1866
Location Brownsville, TX, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Brownsville Daily Ranchero, Nov. 23, 1866, reports on an 11-22 game between the 1st and 2nd nines of the baseball club, the former winning 15-6 in 5 innings. Charles Maurice is the captain of the 1st nine. Maurice was reported next year to be the captain of the Rio Grande BBC.

The Two Republics, an English language newspaper of Mexico City, reported on Nov. 20, 1869: "Base Ball on the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande Club of Brownsville played the opening game of a series with the Union Club of Matamoros, Mexico, on the grounds of the former, on Oct. 21st." Brownsville won, in a game shortened to 8 innings by darkness.

The Brownsville Daily Ranchero, Oct. 23, 1869, gives more detail, including a box score and the names of the players (8 on each side). The Brownsville team won 29-22. The Brownsville team was composed of local notables and a few army officers from nearby Fort Brown.

The San Antonio Express, Wednesday, January 8, 1868: "The Two Republics--A match game of Base Ball was played on the Plaza, Sunday afternoon, between nine of the Matamoros club and the Brownsville club, resulting in the defeat of the Brownsville boys.--Rio Grande Courier."

The New York Clipper, July 25, 1868  reports that on July 4th in Brownsville, the Rio Grande Club of the 26th US Infantry played the Hancock BBC of the 1st US Artillery.


The Two Republics, Nov. 20, 1869. San Antonio Express, Jan. 8, 1868. Brownsville Daily Ranchero, Nov. 23, 1866, Oct. 23, 1869.

The New York Clipper, July 25, 1868 

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Brownsville, TX

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1868 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1868-12-25 Brownsville TX Rio Grande Club of Brownsville Union Club of Matamoros 32 - 49 Brownsville, TX Bruce Allardice

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