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Baseball at Georgetown: Selections from the University Archives

Online Exhibitions
July 13, 2020
August 2, 2020

Baseball is Georgetown’s oldest intercollegiate sport; the first intercollegiate game was played in 1866 against Columbian College (now known as George Washington University). By the turn of the 20th century, Georgetown was considered to be one of the most elite baseball programs in the country. As with football, the University of Virginia was Georgetown’s biggest baseball rival at this time and the two schools competed annually for dominance in the southern region. Dozens of Georgetown players went on to Major League careers; the most successful of these was probably Guy Harris White, D'1902, who went on to play for the Chicago White Stockings.

This exhibition presents a selection of photographs and documents from the Georgetown University Archives; many more baseball- related items are available to researchers who visit in person. And these items can be supplemented by examining coverage in Georgetown’s student newspapers (the Georgetown College Journal which begins in 1872 and The Hoya which begins in 1920) and yearbooks. These can be browsed and searched via the University Publications section of DigitalGeorgetown. Researchers should note that not all decades of The Hoya have been digitized; hard copies for those which have not are available in the Archives.

Handwritten diary entry from 1866

Mention of baseball game in the Jesuit Community’s House Diary, October 22, 1866

. . . Boys had holiday in the evening to go to a base-ball match . . .

Page from the earliest baseball score book found in the University Archives

Page from the earliest baseball score book found in the University Archives

This page documents a game played by the Stonewall Base Ball Club of Georgetown College on October 26, 1869. The complete scorebook can be accessed here via DigitalGeorgetown.

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1875

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team in front of Isaac Hawkins Hall, 1884

Black and white photograph of baseball game

Informal baseball game on what is now Copley Lawn, 1886

Healy Hall can be seen in the background.

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played in May and June 1889. From the Georgetown College Journal, July 1889

Covered are two games played by the College team against D.C. teams, the Alerts and the Wilmots, and one game played against Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Also described are games played by the College Reserves team against the Hoys, “a strong amateur club of Georgetown,” the Emmerson Institute, and the Jeffersons.

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played in April 1891. From the Georgetown College Journal, April 1891

Covered are games played by the College team against Dupont, the Washington Light Infantry, Lafayette College, and the YMCA.   

Game schedule and description of the Georgetown College baseball team

Game schedule and description of the Georgetown College baseball team. From the Georgetown College Journal, March 1892

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1894

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played in April 1894. From the Georgetown College Journal, April 1894

Covered are games played by the College team against Columbia, Princeton, and Yale.

Black and white photograph of baseball game

Baseball game on the College Field, 1894

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played in March and April 1896. From the Georgetown College Journal, May 1896

Covered are games played by the College team against Gallaudet and Yale Law School.

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played in March and April 1897. From the Georgetown College Journal, April 1897

Covered are games played by the College team against Johns Hopkins, Gallaudet, University of Vermont, Lafayette, Lehigh, Yale, and Princeton.

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s Prep baseball team pictured in 1898

That this is a Prep team is indicated by the letter “P” which appears on caps and shirts, as well as the age of the students.

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1899

Note the sign reading Champions ’99. The 1899 team won 18 out of 20 games it played against college opponents. When the season ended, they were acclaimed the intercollegiate national champions. On their return from the final game of the season, they were met at the train station by students and alumni and escorted back to campus for a bonfire-lit celebration and fireworks.

Red baseball ticket

Ticket for Georgetown-Cornell baseball game, April 5, 1900

Poster for baseball game

Poster for Georgetown-University of Pennsylvania baseball game, April 25, 1900

Georgetown’s Prep baseball team pictured in 1900

Georgetown’s Prep baseball team pictured in 1900

Printed song sheet

Printed song sheet

Printed song sheet

Printed song sheet

Georgetown University Yells and Songs, compliments of the Base Ball Association, circa 1900

On page three, there is a song which begins I Love nobody but you, White and is set to the air of a popular song written by Lew Sully in 1898 called I love Nobody But You, Babe. The “White” mentioned in the Georgetown version is Guy Harris White. White, known as “Doc” because he earned a DDS degree from Georgetown’s Dental School in 1902, was a standout pitcher and fielder on Georgetown’s baseball team as a student and went on to play professional baseball for the Chicago White Stockings. His greatest legacy was a major league record for most consecutive shutouts (five) was unmatched until 1968 when Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale also pitched five consecutive shutouts. 

Black and white photograph of baseball game

Baseball game on the College Field around 1900

Cover of baseball program

Cover of program for Georgetown versus Gallaudet baseball game, March 30, 1901

The cover illustration is signed by John E. Sheridan, who was a Georgetown student at the time the program was created. His illustrations can be found on programs and posters for a variety of sporting events, as well as in the Georgetown yearbook and student newspaper. He went on to have a long career as an illustrator and worked for The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's Weekly and Ladies' Home Journal, among other publications.

Black and white photograph of two baseball players

Ed Bach and Dan McCarthy (standing), pictured around 1902

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1903

Pictured in the center of this photograph is team captain Samuel H. Apperious. Details of his refusal to play in games against Harvard in 1903 and 1904 because Harvard’s shortstop was African American can be found in this blog post.

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s Prep baseball team pictured in 1904

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1905

The team is posed in front of the grandstand at the northeast corner of the College Field.

Newspaper clipping

“Georgetown Men out for Practice.” Washington Times, 1905

Black and white photograph

Ryan Hall with the Prep athletic field seen to the right, pictured in 1905

Ryan Hall is newly completed in this photograph. The Prep Field (now the site of Lauinger Library) was used for a variety of sports, including baseball.

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1907

The team is posed on the steps of Healy Hall.

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s baseball team pictured in 1908

Printed baseball ticket

Ticket for the Georgetown-Fordham baseball game to be played at Fordham, May 31, 1909

Black and white photograph of baseball game

Georgetown-Keio University (Japan) baseball game played on the College Field, 1911

Note the Japanese flags flying on the grandstand.

Newspaper article about baseball games

Newspaper article about baseball games

Newspaper article about baseball games

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played in May 1911. From the Georgetown College Journal, June 1911

Covered are games played by the College team against Gallaudet, Naval Academy, Catholic University, and Keio University, Japan.

Color image of baseball player printed on satin

Color image of baseball player printed on satin

Georgetown baseball-themed Murad tobacco silks, ca. 1906

American tobacco companies began including fabric swatches in their packaging as promotional items between 1906 and 1910. Although these swatches were most commonly satin, they came to be known as tobacco or cigarette “silks.” Companies encouraged women to fashion them into household items such as quilts or pillows—in fact, the inclusion of silks may have been a marketing strategy to encourage women to smoke. The silks on display form part of a set depicting idealized Georgetown athletes.

Gift of Eric Wind (F’2009)

Red baseball ticket

Ticket for Washington-Georgetown baseball game, April 8, 1913

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s 1913-1914 Prep baseball team

The team is posed on the steps of Healy Hall.

Baseball schedule and score card, 1914

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Printed baseball schedule and score card

Baseball schedule and score card, 1914

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown’s 1914-1915 Prep baseball team

The team is posed on the steps of Healy Hall.

Black and white photograph of baseball game

Baseball game on the Prep Field, circa 1920

Page from the Georgetown yearbook

Page from the Georgetown yearbook

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Yearbook page

Coverage of the 1922 baseball season in the 1923 Georgetown yearbook

Newspaper article

“Keio U. of Tokio to Meet G. U. Nine.” The Hoya, February 2, 1928

Signed student petition

Player petition asking that Baseball Coach Richard Smith be retained, 1931

Page from the Georgetown yearbook

Page from the Georgetown yearbook

Page from the Georgetown yearbook

Page from Georgetown yearbook

Baseball section from the 1937 Georgetown yearbook

Printed baseball schedule

Georgetown summer baseball schedule, 1942

Newspaper article about baseball games

Newspaper article about baseball games

Descriptions of baseball games played against Penn State and the Marines. From The Hoya, May 2, 1947

Also includes profile of third baseman Art Schult.

Typed profit and loss statement

Report of Receipts and Disbursements from the Georgetown-American University baseball game, April 18, 1950

Newspaper article

“Hoyas After Tourney Berth.” The Washington Post, May 12, 1950

Georgetown University is shooting for a berth in next month’s N.C.A.A. baseball tournament with an incredible .323 team batting average, and a sure-fire big league pitching prospect in Frank Mattingly . . . 

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown baseball team pictured in Ye Domesday Booke, 1960

Newspaper article about baseball game

Description of baseball game played against Loyola. From The Hoya, May 5, 1960

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown baseball team pictured in Ye Domesday Booke, 1962

Black and white photograph of baseball game

Georgetown baseball game pictured in Ye Domesday Booke, 1964

Homemade poster

Poster for Georgetown-Vermont baseball game, March 31, 1965

Printed press release

“Hoyas to Again Play Baseball.” Georgetown University News Service, September 20, 1968

. . . Georgetown University will return to baseball competition after an absence of three years with a 13-game scheduled [sic] starting Tuesday (Sept. 24) . . .

Black and white photograph of baseball team

Georgetown baseball team pictured in Ye Domesday Booke, 1970

Action shot, 1970

Action shot, 1970

Black and white photograph of baseball coach

Georgetown Head baseball coach Tommy Nolan pictured in 1970

Tommy Nolan became the head baseball coach in 1959. He retired in 1978.

Cover of printed media guide

Cover of 1979 Georgetown baseball media guide

Printed baseball schedule

Georgetown baseball schedule, 1980

Baseball season results printed in the Georgetown yearbook

Georgetown baseball results, 1980. Ye Domesday Booke, 1980

Printed baseball results

Georgetown baseball results, 1981

Black and white photograph of baseball batter

Kurt Kaull pictured during the 1981-1982 baseball season

Printed results of baseball games

Georgetown baseball results, 1982

Black and white photographs of baseball players

Black and white photographs of baseball players

Action shots, 1983-1984

Handwritten box scores

Handwritten box scores

Box scores from the Georgetown-Seton Hall baseball game, April 5, 1986

Black and white photograph of baseball player

Scott Elliott pictured during the 1987 baseball season

Printed article

Profiles of Head Baseball Coach Larry Geracioto and Assistant Coach Kurt Kaull in the 1987 Georgetown baseball media guide

Black and white photograph of baseball players

Georgetown baseball players, 1989-1990

Color photograph of baseball field

Georgetown baseball field pictured in 1991

This field was located south of the Leavey Center. In 2000, baseball moved off-campus to the Shirley Povich Field at Cabin John Park in Rockville, Maryland. That field is named for famed DC sports columnist and reporter Shirley Povich who attended Georgetown Law School in the 1920s. He began working at The Washington Post while a student, beginning a seven-decade career with the publication.

Black and white photograph

Black and white photograph

Georgetown Head baseball Coach Larry Geracioti pictured in 1991

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball team pictured in 1993

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball team pictured in 1994

Four team members are photographed in the Quadrangle, standing in front of Dahlgren Chapel.

Color photograph

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball players pictured in 1995

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball team pictured in 1996

Team members are photographed in the Quadrangle, in front of Dahlgren Chapel.

Black and white photograph

Black and white photograph

Black and white photograph

Georgetown baseball players pictured in 1996

Color photograph

Color photograph

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball players pictured in 1998

Printed yearbook page

Printed yearbook page

Baseball section of the 1998 Ye Domesday Booke

Color photograph of baseball team

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball team pictured in 1999

Team members are photographed in front of the main gates.

Color photograph

Color photograph

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball players, 1998-1999

Printed yearbook page

Baseball section of the 1999 Ye Domesday Booke

Color photograph

Georgetown baseball players, 1999-2000

Printed yearbook page

Baseball section of the 2001 Ye Domesday Booke

Printed yearbook page

Printed yearbook page

Baseball section of the 2003 Ye Domesday Booke

Printed yearbook page

Printed yearbook page

Baseball section of the 2004 Ye Domesday Booke

Printed media guide page

Baseball annual win-loss records, 1866-2005, and roster of coaches, 1897-2005. In the Georgetown baseball media guide, 2006
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Curated by Lynn Conway, University Archivist