New York Knickerbockers, 1862
Baseball history photo: Salt print of the 1848–1850 New York Knickerbockers. Taken December 1862, this picture chronicles many of the key member of one of baseballs first organized clubs. Standing (L to R): Duncan Curry - First elected Knickerbocker President, 1845 and instrumental in formalizing the first set of base ball rules. Walter T. Avery - Played in the first Knickerbocker game on June 19, 1846 at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. Was elected Vice President in 1861 and 1864. Henry T. (Tiebout) Anthony - Early member of the Knickerbockers, was elected Treasurer in 1851 and 1852 and elected Vice President in1856 and 1857. Along with his brother Edward formed E & H.T. Anthony & Company, which became the largest distributor and supplier of photographic equipment in the US during the 19th century. Charles H. Birney - Early member of the Knickerbockers. Played in the first Knickerbocker match against an opponent, the New York Club, on June 19, 1846 and scored the only run in a 23-1 loss. Elected as Treasurer in 1847. William H. Tucker – Was an important figure in formalizing the original set of base ball rules. Became the first elected Secretary and Treasurer of the Knickerbockers in 1845 and was re-elected as Treasurer in 1846. Played in one of the first recorded baseball games on October 23, 1845 for the New York Club against a team of Brooklyn baseball players. Seated (L to R): Charles Schuyler DeBost - Elected to the Knickerbockers in the late 1840's and was a Director from 1853 through 1855. Was the Captain of the New York Club and was the catcher in the first of three 1858 “All-Star” games between New York baseball players and Brooklyn baseball players. Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams - Elected President of the Knickerbockers six times between in 1846 and served until 1861. Headed the Committee to Revise the Constitution and By-Laws in 1848. Elected President of the first baseball convention in 1857. James Whyte Davis - Played in one of the first recorded baseball games on October 23, 1845 for the New York Club against a team of Brooklyn baseball players. Elected as a member of the Knickerbockers in 1850. Elected as Secretary from 1854-1856 and 1862-1863. Elected treasurer in 1857 and elected President from 1858 through 1860. Ebenezer R. Dupignac, Jr. - Early member of the Knickerbockers, elected Vice President in 1855. Fraley C. Niebuhr - Original member of the Knickerbockers. Elected as Treasurer in1848 and1849. Elected Vice President in 1850 and President from 1851 through 1854. Became a director from 1857 to 1858. Photo courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions. For additional information see: http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/blog/indexphp. Click photo to return to previous page.