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Monday, November 23, 2009

Additional Brief Accounts of Baseball Played in Pelham in the 19th Century

I continue to document every reference I find about baseball played in Pelham during the 19th century.  For some of the prior postings, see:

Friday, November 20, 2009: 

Thursday, November 12, 2009:  More Early References to Baseball Played in Pelham.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009:  Score of June 1, 1887 Baseball Game Between the Country Club and The Knickerbocker Club.

Friday, March 20, 2009:  Another Reference to 19th Century Baseball in Pelham.

Monday, November 26, 2007: Box Score of a Baseball Game Played on Travers Island in Pelham Manor in July 1896.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007: Baseball on Travers Island During the Summer of 1897.

Friday, July 20, 2007: Account of Early Baseball in Pelham: Pelham vs. the New York Athletic Club on Travers Island in 1897

Friday, November 10, 2006: The Location of Another Early Baseball Field in Pelham

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.

I have located some other brief references that reflect baseball teams that played on City Island in Pelham and some of the games they played in 1884.  The full article containing the references is transcribed below:


--William E. Lowndes will represent this town in the Grand Jury at White Plains, Sept. 15.

--Charles Price had a dispute with Joseph Schowsboe a few days agao and he struck him with an oar.  Price was arrested.

--The game of ball between the Muffers [of City Island] and Pelhamville nine played last Saturday [August 23, 1884] resulted in a victory for the Muffers by a score of 42 to 11.

--The excursion of Grace church and Sunday School takes place today.  They will go to Alpine Grove and with bright weather all will be pleased with their day's recreation.

--Norma Leviness, daughter of Mr. Charles Leviness, died on Monday last, Agu. 25, in the eighteenth year of her age, after a lingering illness.  The funeral took place on Wednesday.

--The Beldonites went to New Rochelle and played a game of ball with the men of that place on Thursday, which resulted in a victory for New Rochelle by a score of 36 to 17.

--Work in the shipyards appears to be improving here a little.  Von Liehn continues to be busy in his hotel business and the number of summer boarders does not seem to lessen to any material extent.

--The school election in Pelhamville district passed off very quietly and resulted in the re-election of Mr. William Barry and of Mr. E. H. Gurney in place of Jacob Heisser whose term expired.

--Capt. Stringham appears to be doing his full share of the business on the Island.  The best evidence of his success is that those who visit his place once, never go elsewhere when similar services are required.

--Prof. Munroe is at Pelhamville in charge of a class of about forty students from the School of Mines in New York city.  They will spend about six weeks in studying and exercising in practical surveying.

--A large number of picnic parties have visited the Island and Flynn's pavilion this week.  All seem to enjoy themselves here thoroughly and as they all bring a little money with them, of course they are made welcome.

--Las Sunday a party visited a liquor saloon near the middle of the Island and greatly annoyed the people living in that vicinity and those passing the place.  When spoken to about it the proprietor thought the party a little lively but the neighbors think that they were decidedly noisy and offensive in their actions.

--Capt. Josh appears to have been in a pugnacious mood on Thursday and vented his spleen on an unfortunate boatman.  The boat man was seen falling, or being thrown, out of a second story windo and shortly after the Captain pursued him along the street at a break neck pace.  The boatman escaped with the loss of his hat and with clothing badly torn and extremely happy that nothing worse befell him.

--Plans for a new steam yacht, 180 feet long, 28 feet wide and 12 feet deep, are now making for Mr. P. Lorillard, it is said.  The new yacht is intended for service on Long Island Sound, Hudson river and other like inland waters, and she will lack nothing in her construction that money can procure and which may tend to produce a high rate of speed.  The model, plans, &c., are now in progress at City Island, from which locality so many fast and handsome steam crafts have been turned out lately.

--Many of the church people here are greatly indignant at the appearance of the lager beer wagon of Louis Diehl upon the streets on Sunday.  Almost every Sabbath this wagon can be seen going its rounds just as people are returning from church and an effort is to be made to put a stop to it.  They do not understand how this man can sell beer which a local grocer cannot do so, and they will doubtless have the Sunday law applied and ask for the confiscation of all the beer in the wagon.  One application will probably effect a cure.

--The Sunday school connected with the Trinity M. E. church will go on an excursion next Wednesday, September 3, in Locust Grove, L.I.  The propellor 'Capt. John,' of New Rochelle, has been engaged and will leave City Island at 9 A.M. and will leave Locust Grove at 4 P.M.  Locust Grove is close to Coney Island and doubtless many of the excursionists will visit this famous summer resort and be glad of an opportunity of reaching there so comfortably and so reasonably.  The tickets are only 50 cents.

--The Muffers will play the nine from Willet's Point, a game of ball on the Island to-day. . . . "

Source:  Pelham and City Island, New Rochelle Pioneer, Aug. 30, 1884, p. 2, col. 6.

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