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, 1893

Penn started the season very well with 3 straight wins, but then dropped the next 3 to fall to .500. Their percentage stayed about the same until May 30, when a win over Yale Law School started a 4 game winning streak that seemed to be the lift they needed to distance themselves from equal wins and losses. However, the winning streak was followed by a 4 game losing streak allowing the end of the season to virtually match the beginning. They managed to win 15, lose 14, and tie 1.

Four members of this team went on to play professional baseball: Coogan, Goeckel, Thomas, and Boswell. One player, McGrillis, had played professional ball the previous year.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1893 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

Team Members

Manager:

  • John Falconer Sinclair, ’93

Coach:

  • Irwin (maybe Frank N. Irwin, Medical ’93)

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
March 27 Swarthmore University Grounds 18 2 Win
March 29 Swarthmore University Grounds 59 1 Win
March 30 Yale University Grounds 11 6 Win
April 2 Philadelphia University Grounds 6 15 Loss
April 4 Philadelphia University Grounds 6 9 Loss
April 5 Yale University Grounds 7 8 Loss
April 6 Harvard University Grounds 12 12 Tie
April 9 Philadelphia Philadelphia Ball Park 1 19 Loss
April 15 University of Vermont University Grounds 12 29 Loss
April 17 Trinity University Grounds 35 8 Win
April 20 Philadelphia Philadelphia Ball Park 1 19 Loss
April 22 Columbia University Grounds 28 1 Win
April 24 Wesleyan University Grounds 30 2 Win
April 26 Georgetown University Grounds 15 2 Win
April 29 Lehigh Bethlehem 17 4 Win
May 6 Yale New Haven 4 5 Loss
May 9 Lehigh University Grounds 18 7 Win
May 10 Harvard University Grounds 7 6 Win
May 11 Cornell University Grounds 2 5 Loss
May 20 Lafayette Easton 21 1 Win
May 24 Princeton Princeton 8 20 Loss
May 27 Princeton University Grounds 4 5 Loss
May 30 Yale Law School University Grounds 19 7 Win
May 31 Lafayette University Grounds 12 1 Win
June 3 Johns Hopkins University Grounds 16 3 Win
June 7 Princeton Princeton 4 2 Win
June 9 Cornell Ithaca 5 7 Loss
June 10 Cornell Ithaca 3 6 Loss
June 12 Harvard Cambridge 4 10 Loss
June 14 Harvard Cambridge 8 14 Loss