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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Does This Photograph Show Members of the "Pelham Manor Junior Base Ball Team"?

The Historic Pelham Blog provides me with a wonderful forum to hypothesize on historical issues of interest to residents of The Pelhams. Today's posting presents one such hypothesis regarding a photograph passed down to descendants of Samuel Pell Jr. who once lived on City Island when it was part of the Town of Pelham. The photograph shows a baseball team of youngsters wearing uniforms with "PELHAM JR A C" stitched on their jerseys.

Those who know me know that I have an abiding love for the sport of baseball and its history. Those who have followed my research regarding the history of Pelham also know that I have written about baseball in 19th century Pelham. For three such examples, see:

September 15, 2005 Historic Pelham Blog Posting: Newspaper Item Published in 1942 Sheds Light on Baseball in 19th Century Pelham

February 10, 2005 Historic Pelham Blog Posting: New Discoveries Regarding Baseball in 19th Century Pelham

Baseball in Late 19th Century Pelham, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 17, Apr. 23, 2004, p. 8, col. 2.

Those who read this daily Blog closely may have noticed something interesting in yesterday's posting entitled "Second Page of the May 12, 1902 Issue of The Pelham Republican". In that posting I transcribed the contents of the second page of the newspaper including the following entry:

"The Pelham Manor Junior Base Ball team defeated the Trinity Place school team, of New Rochelle, last Saturday."

The entry started me thinking. I thought of a photograph from the collections of the descendants of Samuel Pell Jr. of City Island. The image appears below.

I can only hypothesize, but it seems at least possible that the photograph above depicts members of the team described in the reference from The Pelham Republican as the "Pelham Manor Junior Base Ball team".

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