Pelham Manor Club Defeated Gramatan Country Club in Baseball Game in August, 1902
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Members of the Gramatan Country Club team, it seems, were overwhelmed by so many beautiful women from Pelham Manor. Indeed, a local sports reporter claimed that the susceptible young men of the Gramatan team "could not withstand the charms of the feminine partisan of the Pelham Manor Club." Indeed, according to the sports reporter:
"Never did they play much worse. They seemed not to care how many balls they failed to catch as long as they caught a smile from the visitors. It is not reported how far they succeeded in the latter, but if success was in proportion to their failure in the former they had things quite their own way."
Pelham baseball, of course, was an important social outlet in that simpler time. There was no Internet; no television; no radio; no local movie outlet. Baseball games between local teams were nearly day-long affairs with players and spectators alike enjoying not only the spectacle, but also the social interactions. Indeed, by 1902 Pelham already had a long tradition of baseball gatherings beginning as early as the waning days of the Civil War and continuing through the many games of the Country Club Giants on Shore Road during the 1880s. Pelham had teams on City Island, Shore Road, in Pelham Manor, and in Pelhamville. Games attracted hundreds and, occasionally, thousands, of spectators at times when the Town's entire population ranged between 1,500 to 3,000 people.
I have written repeatedly about early baseball in Pelham. For a list of such articles with links, see the end of today's article.
During the summer of 1902, the Pelham Manor Baseball Club played a series of five games against the baseball team of the Gramatan Country Club. The game that is the subject of today's article was the third in that series and was played on Saturday, August 23, 1902. The game was followed by a Tea that was served at the Gramatan Country Club.
Pelham Manor won its baseball game against Gramatan by a score of 13 to 6. (The news headline said 13 to 7, but the box score included with the article makes clear that the score was 13 to 6.)
The Pelham Manor lineup was:
J. Canty, 3b
E. Nichols, 2b.
C. Nichols, ss.
T. Canty, p.
Luckily, Gramatan had a ten-man lineup because in the sixth inning, its pitcher and catcher collided while trying to make a play on a pop fly. The Gramatan pitcher was hurt so badly that he never returned to the game. Gramatan's second baseman took over the pitching duties thereafter.
The Pelham Manor nine leaped out to a quick 4 to 1 lead at the close of the first inning. Though Gramatan scored a second run in the third inning, Pelham Manor replied with another run in the fourth. Then, in the fifth inning, the bats of both teams heated up with Pelham Manor scoring five runs and Gramatan scoring four to bring make the score 10 to 6. Gramatan never scored again while Pelham Manor added two runs in the seventh and another run in the top of the ninth inning. Pelham Manor's ploy, it seems, had worked.
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Below is the text of a news article about the baseball game that is the subject of today's article. It is followed by a citation and link to its source.
"PELHAM MANOR CLUB VICTORIOUS.
Defeats Gramatan C. C. Score 13 to 7.
They came with banners flying
And pretty girls galore.
They played tag with the home team
Which made the rooters sore.
And when the game was over
One heard ’midst cries and song
“You can not play at base ball”
“So why not try ping pong?”
Quite a large delegation of pretty maids and matrons journeyed over from Pelham to see their gladiators of the diamond play the Gramatan Country Club. This they did and it is a great question whether it was not a clever ruse on the part of the manager of the Pelham Manor Club to see that so many of the fair ones accompanied the team. Did he not know that nine susceptable [sic] young men who made up the opposing nine could not withstand the charms of the feminine partisan of the Pelham Manor Club? Did he not see that no eye would be kept on the ball that day? We think he did and the playing of the home team bears us out. Never did they play much worse. They seemed not to care how many balls they failed to catch as long as they caught a smile from the visitors. It is not reported how far they succeeded in the latter, but if success was in proportion to their failure in the former they had things quite their own way.
The game outside of the 'gallery' was uninteresting as the visitors played far better ball than the home team, the latter at no stage of the game being dangerous. An unfortunate accident happened in sixth inning when Makepeace and Gibbons collided when running for a fly. Gibbons was so badly hurt that he had to retire from the game.
Pelham Manor Club -- J. Canty, 3b; E. Nichols, 2b.; Johnson, lf.; O'Neill, 1b.; C. Nichols, ss.; Woods, rf.; Smith, cf.; T. Canty, p.; Douglass, c.
Gramatan C. C. -- Grant, 2b. & p.; Kebler, 3b.; Conkey, 1b.; Makepeace, c.; Gibbons, p.; Dinsmore, rf. & 2b.; Ferris, ss.; Burritt, lf. & rf.; Britton, cf.; Gorman. lf.
Score by innings:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
P.M.C............4 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 -- 13
G.C.C...........1 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 -- 6"
Source: PELHAM MANOR CLUB VICTORIOUS -- Defeats Gramatan C. C. Score 13 to 7, The Bronxville Review, Aug. 28, 1902, Vol. I, No. 32, p. 3, col. 1.
"Gramatan Country Club
The third of the series of five ball games between the Gramatan Country Club and the Pelham Manor Club will be played Saturday in Bronxville. Tea will be served at the club after the game. . . ."
Source: Gramatan Country Club, The Bronxville Review, Aug. 21, 1902, Vol. No. 1, No. 31, p. 5, col. 1.
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I have written more than forty articles regarding the history of baseball in Pelham and early baseball games played in the Town of Pelham. Below is a listing, with links, of some of my previous postings on the topic of early baseball in Pelham.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017: Baseball Star Paddy Smith of Pelham.
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017: Important Information About Early Baseball in Pelham Including a Game Against the Monitors of Brooklyn.
Fri., Sep. 30, 2016: More on 19th Century Baseball in the Town of Pelham.
Thu., Jul. 21, 2016: "Base Ball" Match Played at Arcularius Hotel at Pelham Bridge in 1875.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016: More on the Storied History of 19th Century Baseball in Pelham.
Tue., Dec. 15, 2015: The 1894 Baseball Season in Pelham, New York.
Tue., Sep. 22, 2015: Two Newly-Discovered 19th Century Accounts of Baseball Played in Pelham.
Thu., Jun. 18, 2015: More Early References to 19th Century and Early 20th Century Baseball in Pelham.
Mon., Dec. 22, 2014: Rare 1889 Photograph of Baseball Players Playing on Pelham Field.
Wed., Nov. 26, 2014: More Early References to Baseball Played in Pelham.
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014: Baseball Crowds in Pelham Got Out Of Hand in 1896.
Fri., Sep. 12, 2014: Reference to an 1884 Baseball Game Between the Country Club of Pelham and Calumet.
Thu., Jul. 31, 2014: Fascinating Account of Baseball Game Played at Pelham Bridge in 1878.
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014: Additional 19th Century References to Baseball Being Played in Pelham.
Tue., Apr. 08, 2014: More 19th Century References to Baseball in the Town of Pelham.
Fri., Mar. 28, 2014: Earliest Evidence Yet! Baseball Was Played in Pelham Only Months After the Civil War Ended.
Thu., Mar. 20, 2014: 19th Century Baseball in Pelham - Newly-Discovered References.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2010: Photograph of Only Known 19th Century Women's Baseball Team in Pelham, New York.
Thu., Jan. 28, 2010: News About Pelham Manor and Pelhamville in 1895 - Lighting Districts, Gas for the Village, Baseball and More.
Tue., Dec. 15, 2009: Baseball Games Played by the City Island Beldenites and the City Island Rivals in 1884.
Mon., Dec. 14, 2009: Baseball Games Played by the City Island Shamrocks in 1889.
Fri., Dec. 11, 2009: Earliest Reference Yet to Baseball Played in Pelham.
Thu., Dec. 10, 2009: More 19th Century Baseball and Firefighting References.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2009: City Island Shamrocks Base Ball Club Changed its Name to the Minnefords in 1888.
Wed., Nov. 25, 2009: Even More Early References to Baseball Played in Pelham.
Tue., Nov. 24, 2009: Yet Another Reference to Early Baseball in Pelham.
Mon., Nov. 23, 2009: Additional Brief Accounts of Baseball Played in Pelham in the 19th Century.
Fri., Nov. 20, 2009: More Accounts of Early Baseball Played in Pelham.
Fri., Nov. 13, 2009: 1894 Account of Developments in Pelham Including a Reference to a Baseball Game Played that Year.
Thu., Nov. 12, 2009: More Early References to Baseball Played in Pelham.
Wed., Sep. 30, 2009: Score of June 1, 1887 Baseball Game Between the Country Club and The Knickerbocker Club.
Fri., Mar. 20, 2009: Another Reference to 19th Century Baseball in Pelham.
Tue., Mar. 4, 2008: Another Brief Reference to 19th Century Baseball in Pelham.
Mon., Nov. 26, 2007: Box Score of a Baseball Game Played on Travers Island in Pelham Manor in July 1896.
Wed., Nov. 21, 2007: Baseball on Travers Island During the Summer of 1897.
Fri., Jul. 20, 2007: Account of Early Baseball in Pelham: Pelham vs. the New York Athletic Club on Travers Island in 1897.
Fri., Nov. 10, 2006: The Location of Another Early Baseball Field in Pelham.
Mon., Oct. 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.
Thu., Mar. 23, 2006: Baseball Fields Opened on the Grounds of the Westchester Country Club in Pelham on April 4, 1884.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2006: Another Account of Baseball Played in Pelham in the 1880s Is Uncovered.
Thu., Oct. 6, 2005: Does This Photograph Show Members of the "Pelham Manor Junior Base Ball Team"?
Thu., Sep. 15, 2005: Newspaper Item Published in 1942 Sheds Light on Baseball in 19th Century Pelham.
Thu., Feb. 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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