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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).


The 1913 Athletic Association history of Penn athletics names eleven players on the 1883 University Nine. Two medical students were included along with students in the College.

However, no games were played this season. The April 5, 1883 issue of the University Magazine contains an article describing the Athletic Association’s withdrawal of support for the baseball team and requesting support from Penn’s students.

Team Members

  • W.E. Russell, ’84, captain
  • Harry C. Bartleson, Medical
  • James L. Burton, ’85
  • Edward Illsley, ’85
  • J. Noble, ’84
  • William Woodbridge Noble, ’85
  • J.F. Prendergast, ’84 Medical
  • James Irvine Scott, ’85
  • Paul Thompson, ’85


  • Francis B. Muhlenberg, ’85
  • S. Welsh, ’85