Young Canadians Club of Hamilton

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Nick Name Young Canadians
Earliest Known Date 1854
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Nine Class Senior

From William Humber's "Early Baseball in Canada" manuscript, 9/14/12:

The earliest formal baseball organization in Canada appears to be the Hamilton Young Canadians (later Maple Leafs) established in April 1854, playing on grounds between Bond Street (today’s Park Street) and Bowry (today’s Bay Street South) near the site of the newly built Central School. The team as described in the city’s directory of 1862-63 indicates that William Shuttleworth was President. Born in either 1833 or 1834 he is listed in census records as a salesman and owned a dry goods business until retiring in 1883. He later moved to Geneva, New York to live with his son James, and died there in 1903. James listed in the 1881 census as William’s 10 year old son was no doubt named after William’s late brother Jim, a fellow baseball enthusiast, who according to Bryan D. Palmer in Culture in Conflict had died in 1869 and was paraded to his grave site by his fellow shoemakers and other working-class men.


Humber, "Early Baseball in Canada"


Hamilton had 26,000 residents in 1871.

Bill Humber's presentation at the 2021 Frederick Ivor-Campbell Conference included his analysis of baseball players on Canadian clubs 1854-73. He concluded that the players were NOT US transplants, but rather Canadian born or raised. This argues for the indigenous growth of baseball in Canada.

Prior to 1860, Protoball has found 6 clubs in Canada (as of 4/21/21), compared to 660 in the United States. Canada had 3.1 million residents at this time, 1/10th the US population of 31.4 million.

Hamilton Semi-Weekly Spectator, May 15, 1858 reports on the election of officers of this club.

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Found by Bill Humber
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Ontario, Canada

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1858 1 Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied
1860 3 Played 0 Won 3 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1858-08-18 Hamilton Ontario Young Canadians Club of Hamilton Club of Burlington Bruce Allardice
Ballgame 1860-08-30 Hamilton Ontario Niagara Club of Buffalo Young Canadians Club of Hamilton 87 - 13 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-09-28 Buffalo NY Niagara Club of Buffalo Young Canadians Club of Hamilton 46 - 15 Craig Waff

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