Vermont to Honor University’s Early Baseball Teams

From Mike Donoghue at the Burlington Free Press on April 22:

The state of Vermont plans to honor the early years of University of Vermont baseball by installing a historic marker in Burlington’s Old North End, which was an early home for the team’s baseball diamond.

A celebration, which will include the unveiling of the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation marker, is scheduled for April 30, said Bruce Bosley, a spokesman for the Friends of UVM Baseball.


The 1893 UVM baseball team made national history by playing in what was the forerunner of the College World Series.

Burlington author and lawyer Tom Simon recently published a book, “The Wonder Team in the White City,” that outlines the 1893 baseball team and its journey to Chicago to play in the first Intercollegiate Baseball Tournament during the World’s Fair.

In honor of that team, the Friends of UVM Baseball decided to celebrate that era of success by requesting the historic marker from the state.

The public celebration begins at 1 p.m. with a barbecue. Simon and historian Dick Leyden, both of whom are Society [for] American Baseball Research members, will discuss the first UVM baseball teams and Athletic Park. The unveiling of the marker will follow at about 3:30 p.m.

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Originally published: April 22, 2011. Last Updated: April 22, 2011.