Troy and New York

1883 New York Gothams Patch.

1883 New York Gothams Patch.

When the National League abandoned Troy and Worcester after the 1882 season, it reestablished franchises in New York and Philadelphia for the first time since its inaugural campaign of 1876. Grumbling can still be heard in Troy and Worcester today, but their loss was baseball’s gain, giving the shaky National League the two key eastern markets it had lacked.

As you can see from the studio shot of the original Giants of 1883, they wear the emblem of the city on their breasts, binding the team to the body politic and making baseball seem as much a part of old Gotham as Indians and beaver pelts, Knickerbockers and coopers. The uniform patch shown above is the original, worn by Buck Ewing  at top left in the team photo.

New York Gothams 1883.

New York Gothams 1883.

Notice the other future Hall of Famers: pitcher Mickey Welch (bottom, left), who in 1885 posted an imposing record of 44-11, and John Montgomery Ward (upper right), the perfect-game pitcher turned shortstop whose hand rests on the shoulder of Roger Connor, whose career home run record was finally surpassed by a guy named Ruth.

2 Comments

Another wonderful titbit from baseball’s past.

I know you are baseball’s official historian and I don’t want to put you on the spot. But will you have anything to say about today’s vote by today’s Golden Era Committee?

Wonderful images. The NYC emblem is a near “American primitive” in terms of artistic style leading me to think that it was a rendition from earlier in the century. Naturally, the more youthful Gothams make for a handsome group portrait.

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