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, 1894

Three rainouts contributed to keeping Penn baseball from their first 20-win season since 1890. It is safe to assume Penn would have won the majority if not all of those 3 games, since they had already defeated those particular opponents once each during the season. Nevertheless, their 18-8-1 record was a very solid one as Penn scored double digits in the runs category numerous times. In fact, they scored in double digits in 16 of their 18 wins, and only lost once when tallying more than 9 runs (May 5 loss to Cornell, 13-10). They averaged an impressive 15.9 runs per game.

The yearbook lists eighteen players for this team, thirteen of whom are included in this photograph. The team consisted of three catchers, five pitchers, one shortstop and six fielders as well as three substitutes.

Boswell, Coogan, Goeckel and Thomas went on to play professional baseball. Both Coogan and Thomas served as Penn baseball coaches during the first decade of the twentieth century.

Team Members

Substitutes:

  • Francis Avil, ’96 Dental
  • H. M. Brown, ’95 Medical
  • Charles S. Gelbert, ’97 Veterinary
  • P.S. Gray, ’96 Dental
  • L.C. Mintzer, ’95 Medical
  • T.P. Stokes, ’95 Medical

Managers:

  • Francis S. McIlhenny, ’95
  • John Falconer Sinclair, ’93

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
March 30 Williams University Grounds 23 5 Win
April 2 Philadelphia Philadelphia Ball Park 9 16 Loss
April 4 Philadelphia University Grounds 12 8 Win
April 7 Philadelphia Philadelphia Ball Park 2 9 Loss
April 9 Georgetown Washington 10 8 Win
April 14 Georgetown University Grounds 27 19 Win
April 16 State College University Grounds 21 6 Win
April 18 Johns Hopkins University Grounds 27 1 Win
April 21 Trinity University Grounds 35 5 Win
April 23 Pennington University Grounds 31 0 Win
April 25 Princeton Princeton 3 4 Loss
April 28 Yale (4 innings) New Haven 0 0 Tie
April 30 Lafayette University Grounds 17 1 Win
May 2 Franklin & Marshall University Grounds 28 3 Win
May 5 Cornell Ithaca 10 13 Loss
May 7 Harvard University Grounds 26 7 Win
May 9 Camden Camden 1 5 Loss
May 12 Yale University Grounds 28 18 Win
May 14 Brown University Grounds 29 5 Win
May 16 Lehigh Bethlehem 17 9 Win
May 19 Orange A.C. East Orange 9 11 Loss
May 21 Cornell University Grounds 6 0 Win
May 24 Princeton University Grounds CA (rain)
May 26 Harvard Cambridge 11 3 Win
May 28 Brown Providence 7 9 Loss
May 30 Cornell University Grounds CA (rain)
June 2 Brown Providence 7 3 Win
June 4 Yale New Haven 5 13 Loss
June 6 Lehigh University Grounds CA (rain)
June 12 Princeton University Grounds 22 9 Win