Rockford Club of Rockford

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Nick Name Rockford
Earliest Known Date 1870
Location Rockford, IL, United States
Nine Class Senior

The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 24, 1870, under the headline "The Sporting World. Base Ball from a Colored Point of View" has a long article on "colored" baseball in Chicago, focusing on the Blue Stockings, a club "made up exclusively of dusky athletes who are employed as waiters" at the local hotels and bars. It focuses on a recent game at Ogden Park, with 400 mostly "colored" spectators, where the Blue Stockings defeated another "colored" club, the Rockford Club of Rockford, 48-14. Gives a box score.

The Rockford Weekly Register Gazette, Aug. 20, 1870, under the heading "Colored Clubs," says the Rockford of Rockford are to play the Atlantics of Beloit, and will soon play the Blue Stockings in Chicago. Same July 25, 1870 says the Rockfords will play the Blue Stockings Aug. 1. This was part of a 3-game series against the Blue Stockings.


The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 24, 1870.

The Rockford Weekly Register Gazette, Aug. 20, 1870


As listed in the Box score of the Chicago game (Trib, 8-24-70), the Rockford nine consisted of:

Armstrong, Graham, Williams, Winn, Wright, Abraham, Pender, Kingman and Thomas.

Rockford had 83 "colored" residents in 1870, per the census.

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