Keystone Grounds

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Location Philadelphia, PA, United States
Modern Address 11th and Wharton sts.

Aka (Wharton) Parade Grounds. 

An 1859 map shows the parade grounds as bisected by 12th and Wharton Streets. Near where modern Columbus Square Dog Park is. "One of the city’s oldest ballplaying sites was in South Philadelphia, at 11th and Wharton. The Wharton Parade Square, in the shadow of the Moyamensing Prison, was used for baseball and town ball in 1859, but it was not enclosed until 1871."

In 1860 the club played at the lower terminus of the 2nd and 3rd Street railroads (Morris, Baseball Pioneers). In 1865 the Keystone grounds were at 25th and Jefferson (the Jefferson Square grounds).

Keystone and Philadelphia clubs in 1866.


Philadelphia Press, Sept. 30, 1866.

Casway, "The first enclosed ballpark" at


The New York Clipper, May 24, 1862, lists the home grounds of various Philadelphia clubs. The Keystone practice at "4th and Mifflin."

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice


Club Years Edit Association with Field
Keystone Club of Philadelphia 1860s

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Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1866-10-03 Philadelphia PA Pythian Club of Philadelphia Bachelors Club of Albany 15 - 70 Bruce Allardice

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