Thursday, May 28, 2020

Davenport Baseball Team of 1889

From left to right, upper row: Con Struthers, Whitaker, Routcliffe, Henry Schuhknecht. Middle row: Joe Kappel, Sammy Nichols,
 Bob Allen (captain),  Charles Gessinger, Henry Kappel. Bottom Row: Jerry Harrington, Billy Rhines, Jack Fanning, Jack Lauier.

Baseball didn't get a real start in Davenport until the 1889 season. There had been two previous attempts to bring the game to the area - in 1879, and again in 1888, but both leagues quickly fell apart.

The Interstate League reorganized in 1889 and included teams from eight area cities including: Davenport, Burlington, Peoria, Quincy, Terra Haute, Dubuque, Springfield, and Quincy.


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