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, 1887

This season was a very admirable one for Penn baseball. Starting on April 5, they went 11 games without a loss, winning 10 (1 tie). The loss to Princeton on May 11 seemed to bring them back down to earth, as 3 more losses quickly followed. This seemed to be the only skid for Penn in a season where they won 14 games out of a possible 24, with 8 losses and 2 ties. They also averaged an even 10 runs per game and recorded 2 shutouts.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1887 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

Team Members

  • Arthur L. Wilson, Law, captain
  • Randolph Fairies, ’88 Medical
  • Thomas W. Fleming, ’89
  • George H. Frazier, ’87
  • John M. Hamme, ’89 Medical
  • John Julius Hovey, ’87
  • Edwin I. Hyneman, ’89
  • Thomas Love Latta, ’87
  • Charles W. List, ’89 Medical
  • John Bruce McPherson, ’88 Law
  • G.F. Nellis, Dental
  • Henry Hunter Seyfert, ’87
  • Howard Stanton, ’89 Medical
  • Elisha P. Swift, ’89 Medical

Managers:

  • Milton Valentine Snyder, ’87, business manager
  • Norton Buel (alias N. Brigham) Young, ’87, team manager

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
March 30 Baltimore Profs. Baltimore 3 7 Loss
April 1 Athletics Philadelphia 3 5 Loss
April 5 Amherst University Grounds 22 12 Win
April 8 Williams University Grounds 10 9 Win
April 9 Williams University Grounds 7 6 Win
April 11 Pythians Recreation Park, Phila. 9 8 Win
April 13 Princeton University Grounds 7 7 Tie
April 16 Cuban Giants Trenton 10 9 Win
April 23 Trinty University Grounds 13 10 Win
April 30 Johns Hopkins University Grounds 16 13 Win
May 3 Pattons Philadelphia 9 0 Win
May 5 Pattons University Grounds 23 5 Win
May 7 Young America University Grounds 1 0 Win
May 11 Princeton Princeton 5 19 Loss
May 14 Young America University Grounds 6 9 Loss
May 18 Lafayette Easton 5 7 Loss
May 20 Cuban Giants University Grounds 5 24 Loss
May 24 Young America University Grounds 20 6 Win
May 28 Lafayette University Grounds 11 10 Win
May 30 (A.M.) Lafayette University Grounds 24 11 Win
May 30 (P.M.) Lafayette University Grounds 19 11 Win
June 1 Young America University Grounds 6 15 Loss
June 15 Danville Danville 3 3 Tie
June 16 Williamsport Williamsport 3 21 Loss