Monday, February 23, 2015

Knoxville College Team - 1913

I don't have much information on the Knoxville College baseball program.  But my SABR colleague and friend, Skip Nipper, pointed me to this photo.

The Reach Official American League Guide for 1913

I haven't yet researched the various baseball guides to know when the first image of a black baseball team was published.


image from Archive.org

Friday, February 13, 2015

UT's 1894 season

A bit of research on UT's 1894 base ball season yielded a more info than their 1893 season did.

The local paper speaks well of the upcoming base ball season.

Knoxville Daily Journal - January 21, 1894

In fact, things are going so well that a second squad has been formed.

Knoxville Daily Journal - March 11, 1894

And the second squad was almost as good as the University school club.

Knoxville Daily Journal - March 18, 1894

The team traveled to Blount County to take on Maryville College.

Knoxville Daily Journal - April 8, 1894

And a review of the game from the losing side.

The Maryville Times - April 11, 1894

The boys take a trip.

Knoxville Daily Journal - April 19, 1894

Here's Sewanee's year in base ball from their yearbook.

Cap and Gown - 1895

And Vanderbilt's year.  I've highlighted the 1894 season.

The Commodore - unknown year (19??)

So, right now, here's how I have UT's schedule for the year.  They finished up 2-3 in college play.


I'm sure that more research needs to be done.


Knoxville Daily Journal articles from GenealogyBank.com
The Maryville Times article from LoC's Chronicling America
Cap and Gown image from archive.org
The Commodore image from ancestry.com


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UT's 1893 Season - sort of


I was looking back at the early years of the University of Tennessee baseball program and I came across something that didn't set well with me.  From the 2014 UT Baseball Record Book:
Newspaper records trace Tennessee baseball history to 1897, the first year the university had an official baseball team.
2014 UT Baseball Record Book
page 98
"That can't be correct," I thought.  Based on knowing the base ball scene in Knoxville I thought that there must have been a UT team prior to 1897.  Better dig around a bit. 

The LA84.org site has scanned some old publications that deal with sports.  I found this proposed schedule for the Southern Intercollegiate Association.

The Sporting Life - April 1, 1893
Transcribed from the above article:
  • Vanderbilt vs. University of Tennessee, at Nashville, April 24 and 25.
  • Vanderbilt vs. University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, May 6.
  • Sewanee vs. University of Tennessee, at Sewanee, April 22.
  • Sewanee vs. University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, April 14 and 15.
  • University of Alabama vs. University of Tennessee, at Chattanooga, April 25.
  • University of Alabama vs. University of Tennessee, at Birmingham, April 7 and 8.
And then placed in chronological order:
  • University of Alabama vs. University of Tennessee, at Birmingham, April 7 and 8.
  • Sewanee vs. University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, April 14 and 15.
  • Sewanee vs. University of Tennessee, at Sewanee, April 22.
  • Vanderbilt vs. University of Tennessee, at Nashville, April 24 and 25.
  • University of Alabama vs. University of Tennessee, at Chattanooga, April 25.
  • Vanderbilt vs. University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, May 6.
Now this poses a bit of a problem since Vandy and 'Bama are both scheduled to play UT on April 25, in two different cities.  Hmmm. 

Wait.  The Southern Intercollegiate Association?  Was that a precursor to the NCAA?  In a sense, yes.  Let's side track a bit.

For the happenings of 1892 I found this clip:

The New York Clipper Annual for 1894

The Sporting Life gives a bit more detail:

The Sporting Life - December 31, 1892
This story was getting some regional attention:

The Savannah Tribune - January 7, 1893

Closer to home, a local Knoxville paper talks of "The U.T. boys are enthusiastic and say that they propose to pull down some of the plums."

Knoxville Daily Journal - January 8, 1893

A month later we see the University of Michigan trying to plan their southern trip.  They want to play in Knoxville.  Against the University of Tennessee.  So, in early February there was still talk of UT having a baseball team.

The Sporting Life - February 11, 1893

But I'm having difficulty finding any records that the University of Tennessee nine played against SIA opponents in the spring of 1893.

There were some games played in the SIA that year.

Daily Enquirer-Sun (Columbus, Georgia) - April 16, 1893

And if we look at the record of Sewanee from one of their annuals it shows that more games were played, but none against Tennessee.
Cap and Gown - 1895

We see that Sewanee was the winner of the Southern division of the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association.

The News and Courier (Charleston, SC) - May 9, 1893
But from the Cap and Gown records we see that the University of the South fell to Virginia, 5-13.

A peek inside the University of Alabama's annual, The Corolla, for 1893 doesn't show UT as being part of the SIA.  For some reason or other they have dropped out.
The Corolla - 1893


I did find a few articles that show there was some UT baseball activity that spring.

Knoxville Daily Journal - February 5, 1893

Knoxville Daily Journal - February 27, 1893

Knoxville Daily Journal - April 30, 1893

The DeHarts appear to have been a youth team in existence from at least 1891 to 1895, maybe longer, but that's a post for another time.

So, did the University of Tennessee have "an official baseball team" in 1893?  It could be argued that there were plans for one based on the meeting for the formation of the Southern Intercollegiate Association.  On the other hand, since there's no record that the team played other collegiate nines, it might be safe to say that there wasn't "an official baseball team".



UT Record Book image from UTSports.com
The
Sporting Life articles from LA84.org
NY Clipper
image from Google Books
Cap and Gown image from archive.org

The Corolla image from University of Alabama
other articles from GenealogyBank.com

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Hun-ki-do-ris

While doing a bit of research on the Reckless Base Ball Club of Maryville, I came across this article from 1868. It talks about the Hun-ki-do-ri club of Maryville (or perhaps Louisville) meeting the "East T___ University Club" of Knoxville and puts forth a protest that the University Club was using ringers.

I say "perhaps Louisville" for that is what the article's author uses as a byline.

Maryville Republcan - June 27, 1868

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Second part of UT's 1909 season

Earlier I posted about the first part of UT's 1909 season.  Time to finish that season out.  There will be a bit of repeated info in this post.

Let's look at UT's schedule, according to the yearbook.

1909 Volunteer
And then the compiled results.

2014 University of Tennessee Record Book

April 30 - May 1 Vanderbilt, at Knoxville -

It would appear that the game got moved off of Friday, April 30 to Saturday, May 1.  The scores in both the Sporting Life and The Orange and White match what is in the UT Record Book.

Sporting Life - May 15, 1909

The Orange and White - May 7, 1909

May 6-8 Georgia, at Athens
- the scores match.

The Orange and White - May 14, 1909
May 13-15 University of Chattanooga, at Chattanooga - these games were cancelled by Chattanooga.  UT had hoped to schedule a replacement series with Cumberland, but that did not appear to happen.

The Orange and White - May 7, 1909


May 13-15 Mercer, at Macon - the scores match.

First, one of the local papers:

The Daily Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, TN) - May 11, 1909

The Daily Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, TN) - May 12, 1909

And then the student paper:

The Orange and White - May 14, 1909

May 20-22 Kentucky State, at Knoxville - I wrote about this series in detail a few weeks back.

The games seem to have been played on dates in the Record Book and the scores match.

The Daily Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, TN) - May 22, 1909
The Daily Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, TN) - May 23, 1909
The Daily Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, TN) - May 24, 1909

Here's an overview of the season published in the May 21, 1909 issue of The Orange and White.

The Orange and White - May 21, 1909

Here's a look at the team photo:

1909 Volunteer
UT's 1909 baseball team
1909 Volunteer
UT's 1909 Baseball Roster

So, after all that research, what should the season look like in the UT Record Book?  Something like this: