Penn History

This exhibit was created in 2005 by Mary D. McConaghy and by Michael T. Woods, University Archives Summer Research Fellow and an undergraduate at Penn State University, from research compiled by Cappy Gagnon and other members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Summary

University baseball team, 1879

Penn again played only 1 game, an away loss to Princeton 21-8.

The 1879 yearbook and the 1913 Athletic Association history of Penn athletics lists seven College students plus two Medical School students as players on this team, as well as a manager. A photograph of an 1879 baseball team, however, identifies an amost completely different group of players.

Team Members

  • Louis Cornette Brastow, ’81, captain
  • Frederick Bain, ’81
  • Oscar Charles Sumner Carter, ’79
  • C. Gillespie, ’80 Medical
  • Horace Hoffman Lee, ’79
  • Meyer Schamberg, ’82
  • John Borland Thayer, Jr., ’82
  • Edwin Van Dusen, ’80 Medical
  • Edward Anderson White, ’81

Manager:

  • William Wainwright Britton, ’79

Members in the Photograph

  • Frank Madison Dick, ’81, captain
  • John Borland Thayer, Jr., ’82, captain
  • J.T. Bailey, ’81
  • Louis Cornette Brastow, ’81
  • Alfred G. Clay, ’80 Law
  • William Heyward Drayton, ’81
  • Reginald Lawrence Hart, ’79
  • Thomas Guy Hunter ’82
  • John Eaton LeConte, ’81
  • P.W. Miller, ’82 Law
  • Gustavus Remak, ’82
  • William Thomas Robinson, ’81
  • William Moore Stewart, ’79
  • George Chapman Thayer, 81

Umpire:

  • Ellis Ames Ballard, ’81

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
April 26 Princeton Princeton 8 21 Loss