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, 1897

Penn won 13 out of their first 14 games and averaged 16.1 runs per game, but then went on a skid where they won only 3 of their next 8, while averaging only 5.1 runs per game (a stat aided mostly by the 17-3 blowout win against Fordham on June 2). During this skid Penn lost twice to Harvard and once each to Cornell, Brown, and Lafayette. Their only other loss was to Georgia on April 15 during the baseball program’s first ever “southern trip,” which was the first time that a northern team traveled that far south. Also on that trip, they defeated the University of North Carolina twice and the University of Virginia once. Overall, Penn finished with 16 wins and 6 losses.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1897 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

Team Members

  • John Blakely, ’98 Law, captain
  • Theodore E. Brown, ’00
  • A. King Dickson, ’97
  • F.R. Gillinder, ’99 Law
  • William Hoeffer, ’97 Dental
  • Joseph H. Huston, ’98
  • Mack Roy Jackson, ’97 Dental
  • William Radcliff, ’99
  • M.D. Ritchie, ’99 Medical
  • D.C. Robinson, ’98 Law
  • L.L. Voight, ’97 Dental
  • Jerome F. Wilhelm, ’98
  • Charles Whitall Wunder, ’99 Medical

Substitutes:

  • C. S. Gelbert, ’97 Dental
  • George J. Schwartz, ’00 Medical

Managers:

  • Horace M. Lippincott, ’97
  • George A. Sagendorph, ’99

Coach:

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
April 3 Indians Franklin Field 17 1 Win
April 7 Franklin & Marshall Franklin Field 42 1 Win
April 10 Vermont Franklin Field 15 1 Win
April 12 Virginia Charlottesville 13 7 Win
April 13 North Carolina Charlottesville 11 3 Win
April 14 North Carolina Chapel Hill 6 5 Win
April 15 Georgia Athens, Georgia 0 4 Loss
April 21 Penn State Franklin Field 21 3 Win
April 24 Lehigh Franklin Field 15 5 Win
April 28 Johns Hopkins Franklin Field 20 2 Win
May 5 Dickinson Franklin Field 14 2 Win
May 8 Georgetown Washington 7 6

Win

May 12 Lehigh Franklin Field 27 1 Win
May 14 Virginia Franklin Field 18 6 Win
May 18 Cornell Franklin Field 2 6 Loss
May 20 Brown Franklin Field 5 9 Loss
May 22 Harvard Franklin Field 2 6 Loss
May 25 Lafayette Franklin Field 2 5 Loss
May 29 Cornell Ithaca 8 3 Win
June 2 Fordham Franklin Field 17 3 Win
June 12 Harvard Cambridge 0 8 Loss
June 14 Brown Providence 5 3 Win