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1899 Varsity Team

Photograph of 1899 University of Pennsylvania baseball team.  Click for larger view and identification of players and manager


This year Penn baseball had its share of ups and downs. They started off the season just 2-6, including an 0-3 record on the southern trip, but continued their winning ways in May taking 9 straight before dropping a close one to Lehigh on May 30. Solid fielding and hitting in muddy conditions on May 13 and May 27 turned out to be two of the team's defining games in a year filled with uncertainty. They finished the season with a 14-12 record.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1899 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.


Team Members:

  • Frederick R. Gillinder, '00,
  • Theodore E. Brown, '00
  • William Shreve Collier, '02 Medical
  • Frank Flavell, '01
  • Bertram G. Frazier, '99 Law
  • Robert Smith Gawthorpe, '01
  • A. Hayden
  • Joseph Hollingsworth Huston, '98
  • Daniel John Layton, '00
  • William H. C. Ramsey, '99
  • John M. Ruegenberg, '99
  • Hermann Louis Shape, '99 Dental
  • Alvan Woodward Sherrill, '01 Medical


  • Thomas Blaine Donaldson, '99


April 8ManhattanFranklin Field112Loss
April 12SyracuseFranklin Field65Win
April 15StateFranklin Field119Win
April 17VirginiaCharlottesville318Loss
April 18VirginiaLynchburg46Loss
April 19GeorgetownWashington09Loss
April 22VermontFranklin Field36Loss
April 29LafayetteEaston28Loss
May 1BrownFranklin Field43Win
May 3LehighFranklin Field87Win
May 6CornellFranklin Field64Win
May 10WesleyanFranklin Field109Win
May 13CornellIthaca, N.Y.80Win
May 17GeorgetownFranklin Field1411Win
May 20HarvardFranklin Field30Win
May 24LafayetteFranklin Field98Win
May 27ManhattanNew York64Win
May 30LehighBethlehem45Loss
June 3ColumbiaFranklin Field112Win
June 6MichiganFranklin Field14Loss
June 9Holy Cross

Worcester, Mass.

June 10HarvardCambridge67Loss
June 12BrownProvidence82Win
June 17ChicagoChicago39Loss
June 19ChicagoChicago36Loss
June 21ChicagoChicago71Win


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