Knox Baseball: Remembering Its Roots

Local historian Tom Wilson traces the history of baseball at Knox College.


Baseball at Knox College was one of the institution’s earliest intercollegiate sports. During the 1860s baseball became a frequent source of diversion for Knox male students. Four baseball clubs were listed in the first Knox College yearbook. The inaugural game was played without gloves and participants had to learn the art of catching a swiftly thrown ball bare-handed. During the 1870s a game that resembled baseball occurred several times with Lombard, Monmouth and Illinois Industrial University.

Knox baseball records reveal that in the period covering 1888 to 1931 the “Siwash” compiled a record of 205 wins, 179 losses and 6 ties. The Knox baseball team first won the Illinois Intercollegiate championship in 1889, defeating a University of Illinois nine captained by George Huff by a 16-2 score. Knox won the Illinois championship again in 1920 and experienced an undefeated season.

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