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Friday, November 10, 2006

The Location of Another Early Baseball Field in Pelham

Periodically I have posted to the Historic Pelham Blog research regarding early organized baseball in Pelham. I have written extensively on the topic and have proposed the presentation of an academic paper on the subject at next year's New York State History Conference to be held in Cooperstown, New York next summer. Among the material I have prepared on the topic are the following:

Monday, October 9, 2006: Reminiscences of Val Miller Shed Light on Late 19th Century Baseball in Pelham and the Early Development of the Village of North Pelham

Thursday, March 23, 2006: Baseball Fields Opened on the Grounds of the Westchester Country Club in Pelham on April 4, 1884

Tuesday, January 31, 2006: Another Account of Baseball Played in Pelham in the 1880s Is Uncovered

Thursday, October 6, 2005: Does This Photograph Show Members of the "Pelham Manor Junior Base Ball Team"?

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

Thursday, February 10, 2005: New Discoveries Regarding Baseball in 19th Century Pelham

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

A very brief reference in an article published in The Pelham Sun about the history of the Pelham Country Club reveals the former location of an early baseball field in the Village of Pelham Manor. The article, by Town Historian Ed Browne, appeared in the April 14, 1960 issue of the newspaper. In it Browne wrote in pertinent part:

"In the year 1908 the members decided to expand their club quarters. They chose the present site of the clubhouse which at the time was a baseball field. The road leading to the club was known as Oneida Avenue. It extended from where the bicycle rack now stands, out to Boston Post Road. The section of the roadway in front of the golf shop and first tee, still remains on the town maps as Oneida Avenue."

Thus, it would appear that in at least the early years of the twentieth century there was a baseball field located where the clubhouse of today's Pelham Country Club stands.

This field may well have been the location where the "Pelham Manor Junior Base Ball team" played in the late 19th century although, for now, this is only speculation.

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