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Friday, April 16, 2010

Formation of the City Island Beldonites Baseball Club in June 1884

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I long have researched the history of baseball in the Town of Pelham. For references to the many previous postings and articles I have written about the subject, see the end of this posting, below.  Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog transcribes a newspaper column published on June 14, 1884 referencing the formation of the Beldonites Baseball Club in June 1884.


--Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Leviness gave a tin wedding last week.  Many invitations were issued and numerous fortunate ones responded.  The presents were many and in accord with the occasion. 

--Three men, one of whom is a negro, are staying at Bob Brown's hotel, and it is rumored about that they are Tom Kean, Jack Dempsey, and 'Black Star.' pugilists training for prize fights.

--The new side walk to the M.E. church is being laid.  It is a great convenience even now, but when the muddy weather comes people will appreciate the work of the ladies, who have raised the money to pay for this improvement.

--Many complaints are heard about the entertainment at Capt. Josh's place last Saturday night.  Music, dancing and singing were continued until a very late hour to the discomfort of many of the neighbors. 

--A certain young man has been generously giving out his checks drawn on a Tarrytown bank, and to the dismay of many people here these checks have been returned, not honored, and notices of protest have startled some of the business people.  No more checks of this kind are being received.

--A B. B. club has been organized on City Island, styling themselves the 'Beldonites.'  The club are about with a subscription list to obtain the necessary means to procure uniforms, and the gentleman after whom the club was named headed the list with $20.  It is expected the club will prove worthy of the name it bears.

--On Wednesday next, the 18th inst., Miss Susie D. Carll, eldest daughter of Mr. David Carll and Mr. George Rich, will be married at Mr. Carll's residence.  A large number of invitations have been issued, and many of the rooms at Von Leihn's Hotel have been engaged for the accomodation of guests coming from a distance.  The wedding will doubtless be the most [illegible] and largely attended of [illegible] has taken place here."

Source:  City Island, The New Rochelle Pioneer, Jun. 14, 1884, p. ?, col. 4 (no page number printed on newspaper page).

Thursday, April 15, 2010:  Account of Baseball Game Played in Pelham on June 9, 1884:  The Country Club Beat the Knickerbockers, 42 to 22.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010:  Earliest Reference Yet to Organized Baseball Played in Pelham.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010:  Photograph of Only Known 19th Century Women's Baseball Team in Pelham, New York.

Thursday, January 28, 2010:  News About Pelham Manor and Pelhamville in 1895 - Lighting Districts, Gas for the Village, Baseball and More.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009:  Baseball Games Played by the City Island Beldenites and the City Island Rivals in 1884

Monday, December 14, 2009:  Baseball Games Played by the City Island Shamrocks in 1889

Friday, December 11, 2009:  Earliest Reference Yet to Baseball Played in Pelham

Thursday, December 10, 2009:  More 19th Century Baseball and Firefighting References.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009:  City Island Shamrocks Base Ball Club Changed its Name to the Minnefords in 1888.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009:  Even More Early References to Baseball Played in Pelham.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009:  Yet Another Reference to Early Baseball in Pelham.

Monday, November 23, 2009:  Additional Brief Accounts of Baseball Played in Pelham in the 19th Century.

Friday, November 20, 2009:  More Accounts of Early Baseball Played in Pelham.

Friday, November 13, 2009:  1894 Account of Developments in Pelham Including a Reference to a Baseball Game Played that Year.

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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008:  Another Brief 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.

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