Forest City Base Ball Club of Cleveland

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Nick Name Forest City
Earliest Known Date 1865
Location Cleveland, OH, United States
Nine Class Senior

Morris et al., "Baseball Pioneers: 1850-1870," p. 125, notes that while baseball was played in Cleveland as early as 1857, the first club, the Forest City, was not formed until late August 1865. The first game of the Forest City was Oct. 20, 1865, at "the Old State Fair Grounds," with Forest City losing to the Penfield Club of Oberlin College 67-28.

By 1866 "at least 11 new clubs" had been formed in Cleveland, and a prize was being offered for the championship team of the Western Reserve.

This club by 1869 or so was sometimes called the "Blue Stockings"


Morris et al., "Baseball Pioneers: 1850-1870," p. 125

Egan, "Base ball on the Western Reserve"

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Cleveland, OH

Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know

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Year Games Wins Losses Ties
1865 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1865-10-20 Cleveland OH Forest City Base Ball Club of Cleveland Penfield Club of Oberlin College 28 - 67 Cleveland, OH

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Playing Fields

Field Years Edit Association with Club
Association Grounds, Cleveland 1868--
Kinsman Street Grounds 1865-66
State Fair Grounds, Cleveland 1865

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