Alton Baseball Club

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Nick Name Alton Baseball Club
Earliest Known Date Tuesday, May 18, 1858
Location Alton, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

From Protoball entry #1858.42 – In Downstate Illinois, New Club Wins by 134 Rounds

"BASEBALL IN ILLINOIS. – The Alton [IL] Base-Ball Club . . . a meeting was held on the evening of May 18, to organize a club . . . . The Upper Alton Base Ball Club . . . sent us a challenge, to play a match game, on Saturday, the 19th of June, which was accepted by our club; each side had five innings, and thirteen players each, with the following result: The Alton Base-Ball Club made 224 rounds. The Upper Alton Base-Ball Club made 90 rounds." "Base-Ball", Porter's Spirit of the Times, Volume 4, number 20 (July 17, 1858), p. 309, columns. 2-3 Alton IL is a Mississippi River town 5 miles north of St. Louis. Missouri.

Jeff Kittel in his "This Game of Games' website thinks that this team probably played town ball, having fund a reference to the organization of the Alton team and mention that it was playing the game of ball that had been around for many years.

The Alton Weekly Telegraph, June 3, 1858 says this club was organized "Monday last," with J. H. Hibbard as president. They will play a game "this afternoon" at the "State House Square" in Alton. Mentions that "base ball" has long been played. They have about 60 members, and will play every Friday.

Same June 24, 1858 (and Alton Daily Courier, June 21, 1858) reports on the game with Upper Alton.


The Alton Weekly Telegraph, June 3, 1858


James Harvey Hibbard (1827-76), the club's first president, was a job printer/book seller in Alton, an alderman, and later commander of the state Masons.

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First in Location Alton, IL
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1858-06-19 Alton IL Alton Baseball Club Upper Alton Baseball Club 224 - 90

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State House Square, Alton 1858

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