Wide Awake Club of Valdosta

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Nick Name Wide Awakes
Earliest Known Date 1874
Location Valdosta, GA, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Thomasville Times, Aug. 8, 22, 1874 reports that the Wide Awakes of Valdosta defeated the Socials of Quitman 19-6 in a 3 inning game. The Valdostans had to leave in the middle of the 4th inning to catch a train.

The Pearson Tribune Sept. 26, 1919 has a long article on this team winning a tournament in 1875, and gives brief bios of the players. Their star was  pitcher J. W. McNamara, a Boston-born painter and later minister.

There was also a Light Foot Club of Valdosta, perhaps a junior club. See Gallaher's Independent, Oct. 3, 1874.


The Thomasville Times, Aug. 8, 22, 1874

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Valdosta, GA


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