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 in front of Houston Hall, 1900

Penn won 15 games, lost 9, and tied 2 this season, avoiding shutouts all year, and scoring 7.4 runs per game. They were 2-2 on the southern trip this year with wins over the University of Virginia and the United States Naval Academy. One setback this year was due to the absence of their pitching ace, Theodore Brown, who turned heads last year with his magnificent arm, but was unable to play this season due to parental objections. If he was able to play, it is conceivable some contests would have ended differently.

One member of this team, Francis Patrick Leary, began playing professional baseball in 1902, the same year he switched from the College to Law School. He earned his law degree in 1904 and continued to play professional ball until his death in 1907.

Note that the list of team members varies slightly from source to source. Included here is everyone named in the 1900 yearbook, the Athletic Association history of Penn athletics published in 1913, or both.

Team Members

  • Frank Flavell, ’01, captain
  • Theodore E. Brown, ’00
  • William Shreve Collier, ’02 Medical
  • Albert Joseph Devlin, ’03
  • Robert Smith Gawthorpe, 01
  • Joseph Hollingsworth Huston, ’98
  • John Evan Jones, ’01 Law
  • Daniel John Layton, ’00
  • Francis Patrick Leary, ’03
  • Rosenberg
  • Hermann Louis Shape, ’99 Dental
  • William Dwight White

Substitutes:

  • Albert Joseph Devlin, ’03
  • Walter Brown Orbin, ’03 Medical

Managers:

  • William Brown Brendlinger, ’00
  • Fred Milton Fuller, 01

Date Opponent Location Score Outcome
Penn Opponent
April 4 Fordham Fordham, N.Y. 20 15 Win
April 7 Indians Franklin Field 7 6 Win
April 11 Manhattan Franklin Field 9 9 Tie
April 14 Columbia Franklin Field 15 7 Win
April 19 Vermont Franklin Field 17 0 Win
April 21 Lafayette Franklin Field 6 2 Win
April 23 Virginia Charlottesville 8 7 Win
April 24 Virginia Charlottesville 4 19 Loss
April 25 Georgetown Washington 3 4 Loss
April 28 Navy Annapolis 10 5 Win
May 2 Syracuse Franklin Field 16 7 Win
May 5 Cornell Franklin Field 5 6 Loss
May 12 Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. 6 4 Win
May 17 Brown Franklin Field 11 2 Win
May 19 Harvard Franklin Field 5 9 Loss
May 23 Lafayette Easton 8 7 Win
May 28 Michigan Franklin Field 2 7 Loss
May 30 Lehigh Bethlehem 3 0 Win
June 2 Georgetown Franklin Field 1 1 Tie
June 5 Chicago Franklin Field 6 10 Loss
June 8 Holy Cross

Worcester, Mass.

3 1 Win
June 9 Harvard Cambridge 1 6 Loss
June 11 Brown Providence 2 10 Loss
June 16 Chicago Chicago 11 7 Win
June 18 Chicago Chicago 12 6 Win
June 19 Chicago Chicago 2 11 Loss