Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland

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Nick Name Pioneer Base Ball Club
Earliest Known Date Saturday, June 2, 1866
Location Portland, OR, United States

"The Pioneer Base Ball Club, of Portland, Oregon, which, as its name indicates, is the first base ball club ever formed in that state, was organized June 2, 1866 . . . . There is also a club at Oregon City called the Clackamas Club. . . . . The Pioneer Club joined the National Association at its last convention, held December 12, 1866, it delegate being Robert H. Law."

Charles Peverelly, The Book of American Pastimes, page 497.

From the "Morning Oregonian": BASE BALL - The Pioneer Base Ball Club was organized in this city on Saturday evening last. The following officers were chosen to serve one year...(NOTE: The names and officers are hard to read on the newspaper copy. They are listed in Peverelly's text about teams in Oregon.)

FROM History of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and Washington 1889;

Volume II, Page 226 - 246"

"On Joseph Buchtel. He was born in Union Town, Stark County, Ohio, on November 22, 1830. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Urbana, Illinois. He arrived in Oregon on September 2, 1852. Here is the quote about baseball: "In 1865 Mr. Buchtel was elected chief engineer of the fire department, and again re-elected in 1866. In 1874 he was grand representative of the I.O.O.F., and met with them in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1880 he was elected sheriff of Multnomah county, Oregon, and served for two years.

"He was the first builder of street railroads in East Portland. After disposing of his gallery, he entered the real estate business, and established himself at the corner of L and Water streets, East Portland. He is the inventor of the telegraph fire hose, which was patented in1872, and also invented a coupling for the same in1883. He also lets his inventive genius crop out in the hand fire extinguishers, and the patent wire-fence post, on which he is now applying for a patent.

"He was the champion baseball player for fifteen years, being pitcher and captain of the Pioneer Baseball Club for twenty years. He was also a champion foot racer, and was barred for years against competing for prizes, as no one would enter against him after he won the silver trumpet so easily over all competitors."

First in Location Portland, OR
Entry Origin Sabrpedia

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.

Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1866 1 Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied
1867 1 Played 1 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1866-08-03 Portland OR Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland 24 - 28 OR James Meadows
Ballgame 1867-05-29 Vancouver WA Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver 79 - 62 WA

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1185 days ago
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The Portland Sunday Oregonian, Nov. 8, 1903 under the headline "Baseball in Portland" has the reminiscences of Joseph Buchtel on the early Pioneers, with a roster of the 1866 members, and photos of the early players.


978 days ago
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The Daily Alta Californian, Oct. 22, 1866: "Oregon News...Baseball is the favorite amusement of the juveniles of Portland."

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