Florence in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Florence Eagles
Throughout the rest of the summer, the Eagles played teams from Conway, Amherst College, Easthampton, and Haydenville—all of which they won. Over the winter of 1865-66, the Eagles attracted as many as 100 members. With so many supporters, the Eagles could afford to challenge clubs from outside the area. They traveled to New York to compete against the two most powerful clubs of the day, the Brooklyn Excelsiorís and Brooklyn Atlantics---and not unexpectedly lost. It was no shame for the Eagles to lose to the Atlantics by five runs on November 5, 1866, since the Atlantics were regarded
In 1867, the Eagles defeated teams from all over the Northeast---Greenfield, Pittsfield, New Bedford, Meriden, CT, New London CT, and elsewhere. Recognized as the champions of Western Massachusetts, the Eagles were invited to Boston to play against four other teams from the eastern part of the state. The Eagles advanced to the finals against the Tri-Mountain Club of Boston, but soon decided that the umpire was biased in favor of the home team and after several disputed calls forfeited the game. The Eagles did not field a team in 1868 or thereafter but the record of the Eagles stands some 60 games played, of which they lost only 7, five of them (including the forfeit in Boston) to the strongest teams in the nation.
Erected by Historic Northampton.
Location. 42° 20.117′ N, 72° 40.4′ W. Marker is in Florence, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and Meadow Street on Park Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence MA 01062, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists (here, next to this marker); The Anti-Slavery Community (here, next to this marker); Florence Manufacturing Cornet Joseph Parsons (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hatfield (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hadley (approx. 2.9 miles away); Holyoke Range and Skinner State Parks (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Hadley (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
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