Jefferson Street Ballparks Historical Marker

Jefferson Street Ballparks Historical Marker This page is dedicated to publicizing the importance of the Jefferson St. Grounds in an effort to fu

03/10/2022
So should the Jefferson Street Ballparks be nominated? 🤔Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
01/09/2018

So should the Jefferson Street Ballparks be nominated? 🤔

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Call for Nominations!

Now accepting nominations for the 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards -- both Grand Jury (project) Awards and Special Recognition Awards. Deadline is Feb. 9, 2018.

Our 25th annual awards program will be held June 6, 2018. Help us continue to recognize the best and brightest in preservation work throughout the region, such as the Residents of Greenbelt Knoll, a 2007 recipient of the Community Action Award. Through the residents' efforts, Greenbelt Knoll—a racially-integrated, mid-century Modern development near Pennypack Park—was added to the Philadelphia Register as a historic district in 2006.

No need for a facelift at Jefferson Street. We're brand spankin' new. Come check it out
11/09/2017

No need for a facelift at Jefferson Street. We're brand spankin' new. Come check it out

What goes into repairing 👨‍🔧 a PHMC Historical Marker? Here's how the experts perform historic facelifts. ➡️ https://phmc.info/2zH55aO

Ahem, Pennsylvania Trails of History, got your answer right here at Jefferson Street. 👊👀
11/07/2017

Ahem, Pennsylvania Trails of History, got your answer right here at Jefferson Street. 👊👀

There may be nowhere in America so crammed with history as Philadelphia's Old City. From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to George Washington's White House, to the streets Benjamin Franklin used to stroll, there is history on every street corner

Some coverage from today's event in the Philadelphia Inquirer!
10/01/2017

Some coverage from today's event in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

"Baseball brings communities together," a speaker told those gathered at the Jefferson Street Ballparks, where the first in*******al baseball game on record in the U.S. was played.

Almost time
09/30/2017

Almost time

The sculpture to Catto will be unveiled 4 days prior to the marker at the Jefferson Street Grounds, where Catto and his ...
08/16/2017

The sculpture to Catto will be unveiled 4 days prior to the marker at the Jefferson Street Grounds, where Catto and his Philadelphia Pythians made history.

Catto was a Renaissance man, murdered by whites in the streets of Center City, on election day 1871, as he sought to bring the vote to African Americans.

The Dedication ceremony for the marker will be held on September 30, 2017 at 11am at the Athletic Recreation Center! Com...
08/14/2017

The Dedication ceremony for the marker will be held on September 30, 2017 at 11am at the Athletic Recreation Center! Come join in celebrating baseball history!

Hidden City Philadelphia Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance Philadelphia Phillies

  141 years ago, the first official MLB game took place between the National League's Philadelphia Athletic's and the Bo...
04/22/2017

141 years ago, the first official MLB game took place between the National League's Philadelphia Athletic's and the Boston Red Caps, at the Jefferson Street Grounds 1.0.

This is one of two events that will be memorialized on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker dedicated to the Jefferson Street Ballparks.

Happy Anniversary, MLB!

04/03/2017

Here's a list of the newly approved state historical markers with the name of the marker, location and a brief description.

04/02/2017

SUNDAY EXTRA!! The campaign to fund the historical marker are now COMPLETE, with the game winning donation made by the Wooden Indian To***co Shop.

This marker would not be possible without the generous donations made by so many people, who believed that promoting baseball history is a worthwhile endeavor.

Hope to see you all at the dedication ceremony (tbd)!!!

04/01/2017

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission only approved 17 nominations for historical markers in 2017. This proves how important the events at the ballpark were to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and United States history.

The generosity of donors has been unbelievable over the past week, with over $1,000 flowing into the campaign fund by people large and small.

Expect a dedication ceremony to take place THIS SUMMER!!

Mayor Jim Kenney Rep. Donna Bullock Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) SABR - Connie Mack Chapter (Philadelphia) Athletic Recreation Center Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Tribune Philadelphia Inquirer

03/25/2017

EXTRA! EXTRA! The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has APPROVED the historical marker nomination for the Jefferson Street Ballparks!

The drive continues to fund the historical marker, and the campaign needs YOUR help. Will you consider donating $10 or $20 to preserve historical memory in northwest Philadelphia?

This is history. It is herstory. It is YOURstory. Philadelphia Phillies Atlanta Braves Oakland Athletics Mayor Jim Kenney Rep. Donna Bullock Athletic Recreation Center Fairmount Park Council for Historic Sites-Memorial Hall

The Pythian ball club was the subject of John Thorn's "Our Game" entry today. The club applied for entry into the Nation...
03/20/2017

The Pythian ball club was the subject of John Thorn's "Our Game" entry today. The club applied for entry into the National Association of Amateur Base Ball Players but were the only team denied, on account of their race.

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) SABR - Connie Mack Chapter (Philadelphia) Mayor Jim Kenney

The substance of the paragraph below, extracted from the James Whyte Davis story I posted at https://goo.gl/RZKA6F, is by now familiar to…

Civil Rights activist and Philadelphia base ball player Octavius Catto was born on this date in 1839! In 2017, we will c...
02/22/2017

Civil Rights activist and Philadelphia base ball player Octavius Catto was born on this date in 1839! In 2017, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pythian ball club's founding, a statue dedicated to Catto in Philadelphia, AND (fingers crossed) a Pennsylvania Historical Marker dedicated to Catto, the Pythians and many others for their roles in making the Jefferson Street Grounds one of America's most historic ballparks.

Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) SABR - Connie Mack Chapter (Philadelphia) Jim Kenney Rep. Donna Bullock

Happy Birthday to Octavius Catto, born this day in 1839!

After the Civil War, Catto co-founded the Pythian Base Ball Club in Philadelphia with Jacob C. White Jr. A civil rights activist his entire life, Catto and White believed that base ball could help assert equality for African Americans, and so, they formed a base ball club that went on to be undefeated in 1867.

The Pythians' application to the National Association of Base Ball Players, which was rejected due to race, was the first attempt at integrating base ball. Moses Fleetwood Walker, from 1884 to 1887, was an African American who played in the major leagues, but ultimately, the color line was drawn by 1887.

Until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, there were no African American players in major league baseball.

Catto's contribution to the effort of integration and civil rights in America should never be forgotten, and he is to be honored by the City of Philadelphia with a memorial in the spring.

02/05/2017

This September will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Pythian Base Ball Club. The club was a driver of social and racial change in Reconstruction America. Help spread history and support the campaign for the historical marker at the Jefferson Street Grounds.

Mr. Stovey is aboard with a double and looking to take third base...hmmm
01/21/2017

Mr. Stovey is aboard with a double and looking to take third base...hmmm

The [1883] boys are back in town. Who's ready?
01/21/2017

The [1883] boys are back in town. Who's ready?

Things are not what they seem...Harry Stovey at the bat at Jefferson Street in 2017?
01/21/2017

Things are not what they seem...Harry Stovey at the bat at Jefferson Street in 2017?

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!Dr. King discusses something with Jackie Robinson. Baseball was and continues to be a d...
01/17/2017

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Dr. King discusses something with Jackie Robinson. Baseball was and continues to be a driver so social change.

Want to know more about the campaign and why it matters? Come listen to Matt Albertson talk about it on January 28, 2017...
01/11/2017

Want to know more about the campaign and why it matters? Come listen to Matt Albertson talk about it on January 28, 2017 during !

SABR CONNIE MACK CHAPTER
SABR DAY MEETING
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Temple University Center City
1515 Market Street,

We will be holding a RAFFLE at the meeting—Please search for unwanted items you are willing to donate to the cause. The proceeds will help the chapter stay in the black.
- Go home with baseball books and other hard-to-find items. Tickets are only $1 each or 10 tickets for $5.

Registration: 9AM--10 AM
Meeting: 10AM—4PM
Lunch: 12:30PM --1:30 PM

If you want to make a presentation, let us know ASAP

Guests and Presenters:
Howie Bedell
Dick Rosen,
Matt Albertson
Ed Morton
Seamus Kearney

Presentations: 12 min + 3 min Q&A

Meeting Charge: $40 per SABR member or member's guest (AM coffee, luncheon, incidentals, and pro-rata share of luncheons for special guests.

[Meeting Reservations: Make $40 check or money order payable to SABR, Connie Mack and send to Seamus Kearney, 2019 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA., 19130]

Receipt deadline is January 25 but PLEASE, help us meet our advance guarantees and payment deadline by reserving SOONER!

Research Presentations: If you wish to make a 12-minute talk, notify Seamus Kearney of your topic (see below). If more requests are received than time permits, the committee reserves the right to determine which will be given. A digital projector and screen will be available so bring your presentation on a CD or memory stick. If you wish to distribute handouts, we suggest you bring about 50.

More Info? Contact:
Seamus Kearney 215 563-9430, [email protected]
or Dick Rosen 267-246-5882, [email protected]

Response Form is below. If you plan to attend, please complete and mail PROMPTLY, enclosing appropriate check or money order.

NAME ______________________________________ HOME PHONE (_______)________-__________
ADDRESS __________________________________ WORK PHONE (_______)________-__________
___________________________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS _________________________

$______ I will attend ($40) & bring _____ (number) guests (x 40). *

$______ Total of my enclosed remittance.

I also wish to make a 12-minute talk. My topic will be: _________________________________________________________________________________

Signed ________________________________________________ Date __________________________

* Please identify guests for nametags ________________________________________________________
# Coffee, tea, will be served in the morning; then later a lunch including sandwiches, salads, bottled water, etc.

The campaign appears in this month's SABR 19th Century Committee newsletter!
01/04/2017

The campaign appears in this month's SABR 19th Century Committee newsletter!

The campaign has safety reached First Base ($500 in donations)!!Several people sent in donations this past week totaling...
12/04/2016

The campaign has safety reached First Base ($500 in donations)!!

Several people sent in donations this past week totaling over $200! The fund currently sits at $590 of the needed $2,000. Please share among friends on Facebook and Twitter and help the campaign reach its goal of memory preservation.

The Jefferson Street Grounds (1864-1891) situated between Jefferson and Master Streets and 25th and 27th Streets were among Philadelphia's earliest ballparks where some of baseball's most important events occurred.  During the 1860s, Philadelphia oldest organized "baseball" team, the Olympic Bal...

"Buy me some peanuts and a historical marker" - Take Me Out to the Ballgame [Redux]$375 has been raised thus far ($275 v...
12/01/2016

"Buy me some peanuts and a historical marker" - Take Me Out to the Ballgame [Redux]

$375 has been raised thus far ($275 via GoFundMe). We're nearly safe at first base ($500)!! Now that the nomination forms are submitted, won't you help fund something that will demarcate history and spurn future scholarship? With your generous support, all this and more will become a reality in 2017.

Click the link below to donate. A donation of any amount is most appreciated!

The Jefferson Street Grounds (1864-1891) situated between Jefferson and Master Streets and 25th and 27th Streets were among Philadelphia's earliest ballparks where some of baseball's most important events occurred. During the 1860s, Philadelphia oldest organized "baseball" team, the Olympic Bal...

12/01/2016

Twelve copies of a 27 page Pa. Historical Marker nomination form will be in the mail to Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Comission tomorrow.

The site's provenance was lost but recent scholarship by a few persons has renewed interest in this important place. We are one step closer to realizing true demarcation permanence! What remains?

Step 1: Submit nomination (COMPLETE!)
Step 2: Approval by the PHMC
Step 3: Fundraising goals met
Step 4: Marker placement and unveiling ceremony
Step 5: Continued scholarship

Follow along for Jefferson Street specifics at our new blog!https://pefectgame.wordpress.com/
11/23/2016

Follow along for Jefferson Street specifics at our new blog!

https://pefectgame.wordpress.com/

Preserving the history and promoting the memory of events at the Jefferson Street ballparks in northesst Philadelphia

The Great Chicago Fire blazed for three straight days in early October 1871, killing 300 people and left more than 100,0...
11/22/2016

The Great Chicago Fire blazed for three straight days in early October 1871, killing 300 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless.

On Friday October 20, 1871, the Athletic of Philadelphia played the New York Mutual at the Jefferson Street Grounds. Proceeds of the game were sent to the "Chicago sufferers."

The game included stars from across the country who weren't necessarily members of either club. Candy Cummings - inventor of the curveball - pitched for Athletic that day.

Thomas Eakins's "Baseball Players Practicing", 1875. Philadelphia Athletic Wes Fisler steps up to the plate at the Jeffe...
11/22/2016

Thomas Eakins's "Baseball Players Practicing", 1875.

Philadelphia Athletic Wes Fisler steps up to the plate at the Jefferson Street Grounds in 1875. In an 1875 letter to fellow artist Everett Shinn, Eakins explained that the players were members of the Athletics, that they were "very fine in their build," and that the scene would "admit of fine figure painting."

The Athletics were nearing the end of their tenure at 27th and Jefferson by 1889. The franchise merged with the Philadel...
09/23/2016

The Athletics were nearing the end of their tenure at 27th and Jefferson by 1889. The franchise merged with the Philadelphia Quakers of the Player's League in 1891. But this was all for not, as the franchise folded under financial stress after the 1891 season.

This scorecard chronicles a contest between the Athletics and St. Louis Browns in September 1889. The game went to extra innings, but was called as a 4-4 tie on account of darkness.

What do you think about the number of advertisements on this scorecard? What do they tell us about concessions at the ball yard in the 1880s?

09/04/2016

In 1992, Anthony Washington helped raise money to fence in West Kensington's Nelson Playground, creating a safe haven for neighborhood children at the height of Philadelphia's crime epidemic.

A random selection of photos taken of the field at Unity Day 2016
08/27/2016

A random selection of photos taken of the field at Unity Day 2016

At the top: Then - 1887 birds eye view of the grounds during the tail end of its Major League status.At the bottom: Now ...
08/27/2016

At the top: Then - 1887 birds eye view of the grounds during the tail end of its Major League status.

At the bottom: Now - 2016 personal view of the field today - a site for gathering, exercise, and engagement for the local community.

08/27/2016

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It appears that Harry Stovey once again leads off second base at Athletic Park, which once stood at this location in northwest Philadelphia.

What nineteenth century sites have you visited? What did you like most about the site/visit? How should these sites be remembered and preserved?

National Council on Public History - NCPH Jefferson Street Ballparks Historical Marker Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Don't forget about the Jefferson Street Ballparks Historical Marker that was also approved as a Pa Historical Marker.

1) Site of the first in*******al baseball game in 1869
2) Site of the first MLB game in history on 4/22/1876
3) Home to the American Association Philadelphia Athletics (also an MLB franchise. Not related to the Connie Mack A's) from 1883-1891
4) Half of this site is occupied by the Athletic Recreation Center, which includes a baseball diamond where the 1883-1891 diamond once was.