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PENN BASEBALL IN THE 19TH CENTURY:
1897 Varsity Team

Studio photograph of 1897 University baseball team

Summary:

Penn won 13 out of their first 14 games and averaged 16.1 runs per game, but then went on a skid where they won only 3 of their next 8, while averaging only 5.1 runs per game (a stat aided mostly by the 17-3 blowout win against Fordham on June 2). During this skid Penn lost twice to Harvard and once each to Cornell, Brown, and Lafayette. Their only other loss was to Georgia on April 15 during the baseball program's first ever "southern trip," which was the first time that a northern team traveled that far south. Also on that trip, they defeated the University of North Carolina twice and the University of Virginia once. Overall, Penn finished with 16 wins and 6 losses.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1897 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

 

Team Members:

  • John Blakely, '98 Law
    captain
  • Theodore E. Brown, '00
  • A. King Dickson, '97
  • F.R. Gillinder, '99 Law
  • William Hoeffer, '97 Dental
  • Joseph H. Huston, '98
  • Mack Roy Jackson, '97 Dental
  • William Radcliff, '99
  • M.D. Ritchie, '99 Medical
  • D.C. Robinson, '98 Law
  • L.L. Voight, '97 Dental
  • Jerome F. Wilhelm, '98
  • Charles Whitall Wunder, '99 Medical

Substitutes:

  • C. S. Gelbert, '97 Dental
  • George J. Schwartz, '00 Medical

Managers:

  • Horace M. Lippincott, '97
  • George A. Sagendorph, '99

Coach:

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONSCOREOUTCOME
PENNOPPONENT
April 3IndiansFranklin Field171Win
April 7Franklin & MarshallFranklin Field421Win
April 10VermontFranklin Field15 1Win
April 12VirginiaCharlottesville137Win
April 13North CarolinaCharlottesville113Win
April 14North CarolinaChapel Hill6 5Win
April 15GeorgiaAthens, Georgia0 4Loss
April 21Penn StateFranklin Field213Win
April 24LehighFranklin Field155Win
April 28Johns HopkinsFranklin Field202Win
May 5DickinsonFranklin Field142Win
May 8GeorgetownWashington76

Win

May 12Lehigh Franklin Field271Win
May 14VirginiaFranklin Field186Win
May 18CornellFranklin Field26Loss
May 20BrownFranklin Field59Loss
May 22HarvardFranklin Field26Loss
May 25LafayetteFranklin Field25Loss
May 29CornellIthaca83Win
June 2FordhamFranklin Field173Win
June 12HarvardCambridge08Loss
June 14BrownProvidence53Win

 

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