Waukegan Base Ball Club
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|Earliest Known Date||April 1859|
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|Location||Waukegan, IL, United States|
Waukegan Weekly Gazette-April 12, 1859
Base Ball Club-Waukegan can boast of one of those new fashioned institutions. Waukegan we would have you understand is never behind the times in the prevailing fashions of the day so has a Base Ball Club like other cities. We met on Tuesday Evening last a number of our citizens assembled at the rooms over Peter Edward’s jewelry store [the club room] and organized a Base Ball Club. William C. Tiffany was called to the chair, and Wm. H. Wright acted a secretary. The object of the meeting being stated by “Tiff” the chairman, which was heartily seconded by those present, it was decided that an organization of the kind be gotten up and put into working order at once. A Constitution and By-Laws were adopted, and the following persons paid their regular fee [50 cents] and enrolled themselves as members of the club: William C. Tiffany, John A. Mills, Wm J. Lucas, H.C. Hutchinson, Danl. Brewater, DP Millen, O.G. Buell, H.A. Hinckley, P.W. Edwards, Wm H. Wright, G.H. Ford, J.P. Nichols, J.W. Taft, A. Greenleaf, Geo. Cleveland, L.C. Dorsett, J.Y. Cory, Wallis Mills, T.G. Dickinson, Fred Canvers, E. Robbits.
Twenty other gentlemen were proposed for membership, who will as no doubt present themselves at the next meeting, prepared “to ride the goat.”
The officers elected for the ensuing year are:
John A. Mills-President
Jas Y Cory-Secretary and Treasurer [editor of the Waukegan Gazette]
Wm H. Wright-Director
E. P. Ferry-Director
At an adjourned meeting held on Thursday evening it was decided to have a meeting on the play grounds below the bluff in front of Mr. Dickinson’s office, on Saturday [this] afternoon at three o’clock. The President appointed as Captain of the game to be played today. Messrs Wm. H. Wright and Peter W. Edwards, who are to make their selections of players from the members of the club.
We expect to see a large gathering of our citizens to witness the game, and there will no doubt be a crowd should the weather be propitious. We think the “Waukegan Baseball Club” has started off under the most favorable auspices, and with harmony and action, it will prove a source of much enjoyment to our citizens particularly to those who are members of the club.
Waukegan Weekly Gazette-April 23, 1859
Base Ball Club- This institution-as it may now be considered one of our institutions-opened with the first game of Ball, as per announcement, on Saturday afternoon last. Those who participated in the game, appeared to enjoy themselves to the fullest extent, as did also the large crowd of our citizens, who assembled to look on and see the fun.
The members of the Club do not consider themselves very well posted as yet in the rules and minutia of the game, consequently must not be expected to show off to quite as good advantage now, as when they are better practiced. The Club will meet again to-day if the weather proves fine. They are fixing up play grounds on the lot occupied by the Horse Growers Association, just west of the residence of Jas. McKay, Esq.
A club of the same name played the Lake Shore BBC in May 1867. This club probably morphed into the Acme Club.
Waukegan Weekly Gazette, April 12, 1859; April 23, 1859
The Waukegan Weekly Gazette, June 8, 1867
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Thanks to Josh Bill of the Waukegan Historical Society for furnishing this transcriptEdit with form to add a comment
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|Found by||Bruce Allardice|
|Entered by||Bruce Allardice|
|First in Location||Waukegan, IL|
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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.
|1867||1 Played||0 Won||0 Lost||0 Tied|
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|Ballgame||1867-05||Waukegan||IL||Lake Shore Club of Waukegan||Waukegan Base Ball Club||Bruce Allardice|
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|Waukegan Grounds, 1859||1858-60|
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