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, 1899

This year Penn baseball had its share of ups and downs. They started off the season just 2-6, including an 0-3 record on the southern trip, but continued their winning ways in May taking 9 straight before dropping a close one to Lehigh on May 30. Solid fielding and hitting in muddy conditions on May 13 and May 27 turned out to be two of the team’s defining games in a year filled with uncertainty. They finished the season with a 14-12 record.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1899 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

Team Members

  • Frederick R. Gillinder, ’00, captain
  • Theodore E. Brown, ’00
  • William Shreve Collier, ’02 Medical
  • Frank Flavell, ’01
  • Bertram G. Frazier, ’99 Law
  • Robert Smith Gawthorpe, ’01
  • A. Hayden
  • Joseph Hollingsworth Huston, ’98
  • Daniel John Layton, ’00
  • William H. C. Ramsey, ’99
  • John M. Ruegenberg, ’99
  • Hermann Louis Shape, ’99 Dental
  • Alvan Woodward Sherrill, ’01 Medical

Manager:

  • Thomas Blaine Donaldson, ’99

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
April 8 Manhattan Franklin Field 1 12 Loss
April 12 Syracuse Franklin Field 6 5 Win
April 15 State Franklin Field 11 9 Win
April 17 Virginia Charlottesville 3 18 Loss
April 18 Virginia Lynchburg 4 6 Loss
April 19 Georgetown Washington 0 9 Loss
April 22 Vermont Franklin Field 3 6 Loss
April 29 Lafayette Easton 2 8 Loss
May 1 Brown Franklin Field 4 3 Win
May 3 Lehigh Franklin Field 8 7 Win
May 6 Cornell Franklin Field 6 4 Win
May 10 Wesleyan Franklin Field 10 9 Win
May 13 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. 8 0 Win
May 17 Georgetown Franklin Field 14 11 Win
May 20 Harvard Franklin Field 3 0 Win
May 24 Lafayette Franklin Field 9 8 Win
May 27 Manhattan New York 6 4 Win
May 30 Lehigh Bethlehem 4 5 Loss
June 3 Columbia Franklin Field 11 2 Win
June 6 Michigan Franklin Field 1 4 Loss
June 9 Holy Cross

Worcester, Mass.

7 8 Loss
June 10 Harvard Cambridge 6 7 Loss
June 12 Brown Providence 8 2 Win
June 17 Chicago Chicago 3 9 Loss
June 19 Chicago Chicago 3 6 Loss
June 21 Chicago Chicago 7 1 Win