Louisville Base Ball Club

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Nick Name Louisville Base Ball Club
Earliest Known Date 1858
Location Louisville, KY, United States

From Protoball Entry#1858.19 – First KY Box Score Appears in Louisville Newspaper

"The beginnings of [Louisville] baseball on an organized basis are also lost in the mists of the 19th century. There were probably neighborhood teams competing within the city in the 1850s. But the first recorded box score in local papers appeared in the July 15, 1858 Daily Democrat. Two teams made up of members of the Louisville Base Ball Club faced one another in a contest where the final score was 52-41, a score not unusual for the period. The paper also notes that there were several other ball clubs organized in the city.

"Not much is known about the Louisville Base Ball Club. It was probably not more than a year or two old by the time of the 1858 box score."

"Chapter 1 – Beginnings: From Amateur Teams to Disgrace in the National League," mimeo, Bob Bailey, 1999, page 2.

The New York Clipper (date and page omitted from Mears Collection scrapbook; "July, 1858" annotated in hand) said: "BASE BALL IN LOUISVILLE – The game of Base Ball is making its way westward. In Louisville they have a well-organized club, called the �Louisville Base Ball Club.' Facsimile provided by Craig Waff, September 2008.

Louisville KY was the 12th largest US city in 1860, with a population of about 68,000.

Open Issue: can we ascertain the fact and names of the other local clubs? The date that the LBBC was established? Whether it played by Association rules?

Note: Peverelly lists the Louisville Club as organized in 1865. See page 114.

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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
1858 1 Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied
1860 1 Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied
1866 2 Played 2 Won 0 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1858-06-18 Louisville KY Louisville Base Ball Club Louisville Base Ball Club 52 - 41 KY
Ballgame 1860-07 Louisville KY Louisville Base Ball Club Louisville Base Ball Club 11 - 20 Greg Perkins
Ballgame 1866-07-31 Nashville TN Cumberland Base Ball Club of Nashville Louisville Base Ball Club 23 - 39
Ballgame 1866-08-16 Louisville KY Cumberland Base Ball Club of Nashville Louisville Base Ball Club 11 - 71 Christopher Ryland

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Cedar Hill Park

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