Union College Club of Schenectady

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Nick Name Union College
Earliest Known Date 1859
Location Schenectady, NY, United States

1859.11 – Union College Forms Base Ball Team

Keetz, Frank M., The Mohawk Colored Giants of Schenectady (Frank M. Keetz, Schenectady, 1999), page 2. Keetz does not provide a source.

The New York Clipper, June 30, 1860 reports on  a game between the Mohawk of Schenectady and the Union of Union College. Gives a box score. Same, June 2, 1860, gives the box score of a May 19 game between these two, but the Union Club is said to be of "Upper Canada." (Ontario). [ba]

"By 1860, [Union College] class teams were competing at Union, setting the stage for the College's first know extra-mural game.

On May 9, 1860, the junior class team, having issued or accepted a challenge, lost (22-31) to the Mohawks, probably of Cohoes.  The College played other teams about the same time, and possibly a little earlier; no records survive . . . .  The June 1960 Union College Magazine: "Some very exciting matches have already been played, and challenges have been passed between this and several other colleges. [T]he game is found to be an excellent promoter of speed of foot, an accomplishment by no means to be despised." Union College Magazine, June 1860, quoted in Wayne Somers,Encyclopedia of Union College History (Union College Press, 2003), page 89. 

"The Civil War soon [after May 1860] gave other employment to many would-be athletes, and although intramural teams were still playing in 1862, the college is not known to have played another outside team until July 1864, when it defeated Amsterdam and lost to the Albany Knickerbockers in the only two games that year.  For the next two decades, baseball remained the only sport in which Union competed with outside teams." Somers, op cit., p. 90



The New York Clipper, June 30, 1860

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Found by Larry McCray
First in Location Schenectady, NY
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
1860 1 Played 0 Won 1 Lost 0 Tied


Page Date City Borough State Team 1 Team 2 Score First in Contributor
Ballgame 1860-05-19 Schenectady NY Mohawk Club of Schenectady Union College Club of Schenectady 31 - 22 Craig Waff

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