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1896 Varsity Team

Photograph of University of Pennsylvania 1896 baseball team. Click for larger view and identification of players and managers


Penn started this season winning 6 in a row, but played like a .500 team for the rest of the year going 8-8. They ended the season with 14 wins and 8 losses. Also, the Penn Freshman team was recorded as playing 2 games this year against Harvard winning once and losing once.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1896 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

The yearbook lists fourteen men on this team: one catcher, four pitchers, a shortstop, three basemen, three fielders and two substitutes. Only Blakely and Gray had been on the previous year's team.


Team Members:

  • John Blakely, '98 Law
  • Albert Harris Smith Cantlin, '99
  • G. L. Darte, '96
  • P. Z. Gray, '96 Dental
  • William Hoeffer, '97 Dental
  • Thomas Beaver Holloway, '97 Medical
  • J or M. Roy Jackson, '97 Dental
  • J. G. Johnson, '98 Law
  • G or S. P. Middleton, '96 Law
  • William A. O'Donnell, '99 Law
  • Atlee Hoffman Tracy, '97
  • L. Lee Voight, '97 Dental
  • Jerome Wilhelm, '98
  • Charles Whitall Wunder, '99 Medical


  • Charles L. McKeehan, '97
  • F. Basil Miles, '97


April 4HobartFranklin Field186Win
April 13DickinsonFranklin Field205Win
April 15Washington and JeffersonFranklin Field17 3Win
April 18LehighFranklin Field191Win
April 20State CollegeFranklin Field176Win
April 22TrinityFranklin Field10 5Win
April 25GeorgetownWashington7 19Loss
April 27BrownFranklin Field715Loss
April 29LafayetteFranklin Field117Win
May 2GeorgetownFranklin Field1314Loss
May 6CornellIthaca109


May 9Cornell Franklin Field116Win
May 13LehighBethlehem138Win
May 18University of VirginiaFranklin Field32Win
May 23HarvardFranklin Field38Loss
May 23Penn Fr. vs. Harvard Fr. Cambridge75Win (freshmen)
May 25Chicago UniversityFranklin Field1055Loss
May 30CornellIthaca269Win
May 30Penn Fr. vs. Harvard Fr.Franklin Field95Win (freshmen)
June 2CornellFranklin Field112Win
June 6HarvardCambridge 311 Loss
June 8Brown Providence-- Called (rain)
June 10LehighFranklin Field67Loss
June 17LafayetteEaston41Win
June 23HarvardCambridge02Loss


This page was created in August 2005 by University Archives Summer Research Fellow Michael T. Woods, under the supervision of Mary D. McConaghy. Mike is an undergraduate at Penn State University