Washington Club of Orange

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Nick Name Washington
Earliest Known Date Saturday, May 26, 1855 -- 8/18/2012
Location Orange, Essex County, NJ, United States

The Orange Journal - 5/26/1855


In a letter to the editor of the Orange Journal, 5/26/1855, the Washington Base Ball Club states they just had their semi-annual election of officers which would mean the club at least dates back to December of 1854, the earliest known record of a New Jersey base ball team.  In the issues of 6/9 and 6/16/1855 there is correspondence with a team from "over the mountain" about playing a game of 8 per team.  Nothing further has been found.  At present, the Washington Club is either the earliest known New Jersey team playing the New York game or the only team in the state organized to play another bat and ball game with the exception of the Camden Club which played Philadelphia town ball.   

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Found by John Zinn
First in Location NJ
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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