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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).


University baseball team, 1890

This Penn team was truly exceptional, playing their way to an impressive 17 game winning streak to end the season. Had it not been for a cancelled game on May 31, they may very well have stretched it to 18. They finished the season with an overall record of 21-3, registering 10.7 runs per game while giving up 4.1.

Four team members of this team played major league baseball. Wagenhurst had played for the Philadelphia Quakers in 1888, before entering Penn’s Law School. Bowman played for the Philadelphia Phillies and then the Pittsburgh Alleghenies from June of 1890 through the 1891 season, while still a Penn law student. Darragh played with the for Louisville Colonels the season of his Dental School graduation; that same year (1891) Cahill left Medical School to play along with Darragh for the Louisville Colonels.

Note that the team photograph includes Hyneman, the previous year’s team captain who had graduated the year before. He is not listed in the team roster provided in either the 1890 yearbook or the 1913 Athletic Association history of Penn athletics. The newsclipping shown below also names Joseph A. Cake, ’92 Medical, and W.S. Dougherty, ’90, as members of this team.

Team Members


  • A.D. Whiting, ’91 Medical
Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
April 1 Athletics Athletic Park 7 5 Win
April 4 Johns Hopkins Baltimore 14 3 Win
April 5 Baltimore Baltimore 4 13 Loss
April 9 Yale University Grounds 5 6 Loss
April 10 Williams University Grounds 7 3 Win
April 12 Johns Hopkins University Grounds 32 12 Win
April 14 Lebanon Lebanon 5 8 Loss
April 15 Lebanon Lebanon 9 0 Win
April 16 Lehigh Bethlehem 9 0 Win
April 19 Trinity University Grounds 20 1 Win
April 23 Trinity Lebanon 13 4 Win
April 28 University Reserves University Grounds 12 1 Win
April 30 University of Virginia Charlottesville 5 4 Win
May 1 Georgetown College Washington, D.C. 13 3 Win
May 2 Columbia A.C. Washington, D.C. 14 1 Win
May 3 Johns Hopkins Baltimore 7 5 Win
May 10 Riverton University Grounds 3 2 Win
May 13 Columbia College University Grounds 5 3 Win
May 15 University of Virginia University Grounds 25 2 Win
May 17 Columbia College New York 5 3 Win
May 21 Princeton Behtlehem 25 2 Win
May 23 Lehigh University Grounds 8 4 Win
May 28 Cornell University Grounds 13 8 Win
May 29 Cornell University Grounds 11 2 Win
May 31 State College University Grounds CA