Wanderers Club of St. John's
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|Earliest Known Date||Circa 1912|
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|Location||St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada|
Humber, "All I Thought About was Baseball" p. 90, 94, says that baseball reached Newfoundland (St. John's) in 1912. [Newfoundland was at this time separate from Canada.] In that year a team from Bell Island played in St. John's. The next year the Bell Island team played a number of games in St. John's.
The St. John's Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1914, under the headline "Wanderers Meet", reports "The Wanderers Baseball team held an enthusiastic meeting last night." The article mentions that the Wanderers are already part of a league, thus showing that baseball came to St. John's earlier than 1914, and indirectly confirms Humber's account.
Same May 26, 1914 reports the Wanderers lost to the Red Lions 5-2 "Tuesday afternoon."
Same May 29 reports "The Baseball League will meet shortly to arrange the fixtures for the coming season's games." The Bay Robert and Grand Falls teams have not yet been heard from.
Same June 9, 1914 reports a league meeting presided over by J. V. Havermale. The games are to be played at St. George's Field, and five teams are listed--the BIS, Wanderers, Shamrocks, Red Lions and Cubs.
By 1918 the Irish and Cubs teams are playing for the H. D. Reid Cup. See St. John's Daily Star, July 30, 1918. The cup was named after Harry Duff Reid, of a family prominent in local railroad and lumber enterprises. Harry's brother Robert G. Reid, an avid hockey player and golfer, is credited in some sources with introducing baseball to Newfoundland in 1913.
Baseball has thrived there. The MacCormack Trophy for the champion senior baseball team of Newfoundland was first awarded in 1948.
Humber, "All I Thought About was Baseball" p. 90. St. John's Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1914; May 26, 1914; May 29, 1914; June 9, 1914.
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|Found by||Bruce Allardice|
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