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PENN BASEBALL IN THE 19TH CENTURY:
1898 Varsity Team

Photograph of 1898 University of Pennsylvania baseball team. Click for larger view and caption identifying players and managers

Summary:

Great pitching and fielding were the keys to victory this season as Penn posted 18 of them out of 24, including a 12 game win streak consisting of an undefeated May (8-0). After this win streak however, the team won only 1 out of their next 4 to end the season. But, despite this late season skid, this team had tremendous talent both individually and as a whole, and was therefore one of the best in history to represent Penn on the diamond.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1898 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

 

Team Members:

  • M. Delmar Ritchie, '99 Medical,
    captain
  • Theodore E. Brown, '00
  • Edward L. Cheyney, '00
  • Walter Johnston Coombs, '00
  • A. King Dickson, '00 Law
  • Bertram G. Frazier, '99 Law
  • Joseph H. Huston, '98
  • Mack Roy Jackson, P.G. Dental
  • Daniel Layton, '00
  • George J. Schwartz, '00 Medical
  • Alvan Woodward Sherrill, '01 Medical
  • J. DeWitt Robinson, '98 Law
  • Jerome Wilhelm, '98

Substitutes:

  • Frederick R. Gillinder, '99 Law
  • Daniel Layton, '00
  • William Piersol, '99 Law
  • J. Blakely Thatcher, '00 Medical

Managers:

  • Charles McIlvaine, '98
  • Thomas Blaine Donaldson, '99

Coach

  • Dr. J.M. Murphy
DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONSCOREOUTCOME
PENNOPPONENT
April 8VanderbiltFranklin Field100Win
April 9VanderbiltFranklin Field71Win
April 11GeorgiaFranklin Field112Win
April 12North CarolinaFranklin Field09Loss
April 13GeorgetownWashington122Win
April 20ManhattanFranklin Field23Loss
April 23Penn StateFranklin Field160Win
April 27LehighFranklin Field125Win
April 30ColumbiaFranklin Field30Win
May 7GeorgetownFranklin Field21Win
May 11VirginiaFranklin Field93Win
May 14CornellFranklin Field20Win
May 18BrownFranklin Field32Win
May 21HarvardFranklin Field32Win
May 25LafayetteFranklin Field71Win
May 28CornellIthaca74Win
May 30LehighSouth Bethlehem32Win
June 1CornellIthaca74Win
June 4LafayetteFranklin Field811Loss
June 7Manhattan

Franklin Field

53Win
June 10Holy CrossWorcester, Mass.311Loss
June 11HarvardCambridge12Loss
June 13BrownProvidence016Loss

 

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