Pioneer Club of Springfield

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Nick Name Pioneer
Earliest Known Date 1858
Location Springfield, MA, United States

Peverelly [page 96] reports that the Charter Oak Club of Hartford lost 45-37 to the Pioneer Club of Springfield MA.

The Springfield Republican June 9, 1866 mentions the Pioneer of Springfield.

The Springfield Republican, April 23, 1858 reports the formation of this club. Same, Aug. 16, 1858, had an ad for the meeting of the "Pioneer Base Ball Club," at the Russell House, "this evening."

Same June 4, 1858: "The weekly game of base ball comes off on Hampden park this afternoon, the games alternating between Thursday and Friday from week to week."

See games entry for 1858 game. They were one of the first clubs in MA to play by the NY rules.


Morris, "Base Ball Founders" pp. 270-280.


Springfield had 26,703 residents in 1870.

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Found by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Springfield, MA
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

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
1860 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1858-10-04 Springfield MA Pioneer Club of Springfield Atwater Club of Westfield, MA 29 - 15 Craig Waff
Ballgame 1860-10-06 Springfield MA Pioneer Club of Springfield Bowdoin Club of Boston 22 - 13 Craig Waff

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Hampden Park, Springfield, MA 1858 on

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