Columbus Major League baseball has a very interesting history. In 1883 the Columbus Buckeyes became part of the American Association, playing their games at Recreation Park. While Recreation Park no longer exists, replaced by a Giant Eagle, there is an historic marker designating its importance in Ohio history.

The marker is not for the Columbus Buckeyes, but for the other Buckeyes of the Columbus area. On November 1st, 1890 the Ohio State Buckeyes took on Wooster College at Recreation Park in the first official home game!

But I digress, back to the Columbus baseball. The Columbus Buckeyes lasted 2 season and even though a winning season and finishing second in their division, they were bankrupt. The team in its entirety was sold to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys with some of the players having promising careers.

It wasn’t until 1887 that the Columbus Buckeyes arrived on the baseball stage in the Ohio State League. In 1888 they were a founding member of the Tri-State League an had a name change to the Columbus Senators. There was a ton of change going on as you can, but it wasn’t over. In 1889, the Cleveland Blues took a spot in the National league becoming the Cleveland Spiders. Leaving an opening in the American Association, the Columbus Senators petitioned to return to Major League baseball and were allowed by the association. Again, another name change took place, making the Columbus Senators the Columbus Solons for the next three years.

In 1889, Goodwin & Co. made the Columbus Solons professional team part of their Old Judge baseball issue. The set consisted of 16 known players and Al Buckenberger their manager. Al Buckenberger would later become a manager of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys.


Front Side
Old Judge Advertisement
N173 Old Judge Cabinet: 48-2
Al Buckenberger: Manager of Columbus Solons 1889-1890
Back Side
Old Judge Advertisement

Columbus Solons Issued Old Judge Cards

Last Name First Name Pose
Baldwin Marcus Elmore “Fido” or “Mark” 15-2 15-3 15-5
Bligh Edwin Forrest “Ned” 31-1 31-2 31-3 31-4 31-5 31-6
Buckenberger Al 48-1 48-2
Dailey Edward M. Daily 110-1 110-3
Esterday Henry Easterday 147-2 147-3 147-4
Gastreich Henry Carl “Hank” 181-1 181-2 181-3 181-4 181-5
Greenwood William F. “Bill” 198-2 198-3 198-4
Johnson John Ralph “Spud” 247-1 247-2 247-3 247-4
Kappell Henry Kappel “Heinie” 250-1 250-2 250-3
Marr Charles W. “Lefty” 293-1 293-2 293-3 293-4 293-5
Mays Albert C. “Al” 299-2 299-3 299-4 299-5
McTamany James Edward “Jim” 320-2 320-4
O’Connor John Joseph “Rowdy Jack” or “Peach Pie” 354-1 354-2 354-3 354-4 354-5
Orr David L. “Dave” 360-2 360-4 360-5 360-6
Peeples James Elsworth Peoples “Jimmy” 363-1 363-2 363-3
Weidner William Waterfield Widner “Wild Bill” 484-1 484-2 484-3 484-4 484-5
Weyhing John 492-1

 

 

Columbus Players 1877-1900

Some additional Old Judge cards of players from the 1877-1900 Columbus Buckeyes, Solons, & Senators.

Checklist at the bottom

 

Last Name First Name Team Teams Issued Pose
Baldwin Marcus Elmore “Fido” or “Mark” 1889 Chicago (NL) 15-1 15-2 15-3 15-4 15-5 15-6
Chicago (PL) 15-1
Barnie William Harrison, “Bald Billy” 1877 Baltimore (AA) 21-1
Bierbauer Louise W., “Lou 1899 Philadelphia (AA) 28-1 28-2 28-3 28-4 28-5 28-6
Breckenridge Edwin L. 1892 Sacramento (CL) 40-1
Brown Thomas Tarlton, “Tom” 1883-1884 Pittsburgh (NL) 44-1 44-2 44-3 44-4
Boston (NL) 44-1 44-2 44-3 44-4
Boston (PL) 44-3
Browning Louis Rogers, “Pete” or “The Gladiator” 1896 Louisville (AA) 46-1 46-2 46-3 46-4 46-5
Buckley Richard D., “Dick” 1897-1899 Indianapolis (NL) 49-1 49-2 49-3 49-4 49-5
New York  (NL-1890) 49-2 49-4
Cahill John Francis, “Patsy” 1884, 1887-1888 Indianapolis (NL) 61-1 61-2
Campau Charles Columbus, “Count” 1892 Detroit (IA) 62-1 62-2 62-3 62-4 62-5
Kansas City (WA) 62-2 62-3 62-4
Carroll Frederick Herbert, “Fred” 1884 Pittsburgh (NL) 69-1 69-2 69-3 69-4
Chamberlain Elton P., “Ice Box” 1890 St. Louis (AA) 73-1 73-2 73-3 73-4 73-5 73-6
Clarke William H., “Dad” 1891 Omaha (WA) 77-1 77-2 77-3 77-4 77-5 77-6 77-9 77-10
Chicago (NL) 77-5 77-6 77-7 77-8 77-9
Cleveland Elmer Ellsworth 1891 New York (NL) 80-1 80-2 80-3 80-4 80-5 80-6
Omaha (WA) 80-2
Crooks John Charles, “Jack” 1889-1891, 1897-1898 St. Louis (WA) 99-1 99-2 99-3 99-4 99-5
Omaha (WA) 99-1 99-4
Cunningham Ellsworth Elmer, “Bert” 1887 Baltimore (AA) 105-1 105-2 105-3 105-4 105-5
Philadelphia (PL) 105-2
Dailey Edward M. Daily 1889 Philadelphia (NL) 110-1 110-2 110-3
Washington (NL) 110-1 110-2 110-3
Dolan Thomas J., “Tom” 1896 Denver (WA) 126-1 126-2
St. Louis (AA) 126-2 126-3 126-4 126-5
Donahue James Augustus, “Jim” or “Bridget” 1891 New York (AA) 128-1
Kansas City (AA) 128-2 128-3 128-4 128-5 128-6
Donnelly James B., “Jim” 1891 Washington (NL) 129-1 129-2 129-3
Duffe Charles Edward Duffee, “Home Run” 1891 St. Louis (AA) 134-1 134-2 134-3 134-4 134-5 134-6
Earle William Moffat, “Billy” or “Globetrotter” 1897 Cincinnati (AA) 142-1 142-2 142-3
St. Paul (WA) 142-3 142-4
Esterday Henry Easterday 1889-1890 Kansas City (AA) 147-1 147-2 147-3 147-4
Foreman Francis Isaiah, “Frank” or “Monkey” 1887 Baltimore (AA) 166-1 166-2 166-3 166-5
Cincinnati (NL-1890) 166-2 166-4
Genins C. Frank, “Frenchy” 1896-1899 Sioux City (WA) 183-1 183-2 183-3 183-4 183-5
George William M., “Bill” 1889 New York (NL) 184-1 184-2 184-3 184-4 184-5 184-6
Glenn Edward C., “Mouse” 1900 Sioux City (WA) 194-1 194-2 194-3 194-4 194-5
Goodfellow Michael J., “Mike” 1887 Cleveland (AA) 195-1 195-2 195-3 195-4 195-5
Detroit (IA) 195-1 195-3 195-4 195-5
Greenwood William F. “Bill” 1889 Baltimore (AA) 198-1 198-2 198-3 198-4 198-5
Hellman Anthony J., “Tony” 1888 Sioux City (WA) 221-1 221-2 221-3 221-4 221-5
Jantzen A.C. 1892 Minneapolis (WA) 245-1 245-2 245-3 245-4 245-5
Johnson John Ralph “Spud” 1889-1890 Kansas City (WA) 247-2 247-4 247-5 247-6
Kappell Henry Kappel “Heinie” 1889 Cincinnati (AA) 250-1 250-2 250-3 250-4 250-5
Kelly Michael Joseph, “King” or “Mike” 1877 Boston (NL) 254-1 254-2 254-3 254-4 254-5 254-6 254-7 254-8 254-9 254-10 254-11
Boston (PL) 254-5
Kemmler Rudolph, “Rudy” 1883-1884, 1889 St. Louis (AA) 258-1
St. Paul (WA) 258-2 258-3
Knell Phillip H. 1891 St. Joseph (WA) 266-1 266-2 266-3 266-4 266-5
Kuehne William J., “Willie” 1883-1884, 1891, 1898 Pittsburgh (NL) 271-1 271-2 271-3 271-4 271-5
Latham Walter Arlington, “Arlie” or “Freshest Man” 1896 St. Louis (AA) 274-1 274-2 274-3 274-4 274-5 274-6
Chicago (PL) 274-4
Loftus Thomas Joseph, “Tom” 1897-1898 St. Louis (WA) 277-1 277-2
Cleveland (NL) 277-1
Mann Fred 1883-1884, 1888 St. Louis (AA) 291-1 291-2 291-3 291-4
Hartford (Atlantic) 291-5
Marr Charles W. “Lefty” 1889 Cincinnati (NL) 293-3 293-5
Mathews Robert T., “Bobby” 1877 Philadelphia (AA) 296-1 296-2 296-3
Mays Albert C. “Al” 1889-1890 New York (AA) 299-1
McClellan William Henry, “Bill” 1892 Brooklyn (AA) 304-1 304-2
Denver (WA) 304-1 304-3
McCormick James, “Jim” 1877, 1896 Chicago (NL) 306-1 306-2 306-3 306-4 306-5 306-6 306-7 306-8 306-9 306-10
Pittsburgh (NL) 306-5 306-7 306-9 306-10
McGarr James B., “Chippy” 1897 St. Louis (AA) 309-1 309-2 309-3 309-4 309-5
Kansas City (AA) 309-4
McTamany James Edward “Jim” 1889-1891 Brooklyn (AA) 320-1 320-2 320-3
Kansas City (AA) 320-2 320-3 320-4 320-5
McVey George W. 1888 Denver (WA) 321-1 321-2 321-3 321-4 321-5
St. Joseph (WA) 321-1 321-3 321-4
Milwaukee (WA) 321-2
Morris Edward, “Ed” or “Cannonball” 1884 Pittsburgh (NL) 330-1 330-2 330-3 330-4 330-5 330-6
Nyce Frederick E. 1887 St. Louis (AA) 347-1 347-2 347-3 347-4 347-5
Burlington (CISL) 347-2
O’Connor John Joseph “Rowdy Jack” or “Peach Pie” 1889-1891 Cincinnati (AA) 354-1 354-2 354-3 354-4
O’Day Henry Francis “Hank” 1892 Washington (NL) 355-1 355-2 355-3
New York (NL) 355-2
Orr David L. “Dave” 1889 New York (AA) 360-1 360-2 360-3
Brooklyn (AA) 360-3 360-4 360-5 360-6 360-7
Peeples James Elsworth Peoples “Jimmy” 1889 Brooklyn (AA) 363-1 363-2 363-3
Reilly Charles Thomas, “Princeton Charlie” 1889-1890 St. Paul (WA) 382-1 382-2 382-3 382-4
Schmelz Gus 1884, 1891-1892 Cincinnati (AA) 403-1 403-2
Smith Charles Marvin, “Pop” 1883-1884 Pittsburgh (NL) 426-1 426-2 426-3 426-4
Boston (NL) 426-1 426-3
Sommers Joseph Andrew, “Pete” 1887-1888 Chicago (NL) 430-1 430-2 430-3 430-4 430-5 430-6
New York (NL-1890) 430-2 430-3
Stephens George Benjamin 1887, 1892 Mikwaukee (WA) 438-1 438-2 438-3 438-4
Straus Joseph Strauss, “Joe” or “Dutch” or “The Socker” 1896-1897 Mikwaukee (WA) 442-1 442-2 442-5
Omaha (WA) 442-1 442-3 442-4 442-6
Twitchell Lawrence Grant, “Larry” 1891 Detroit (NL) 468-1 468-2 468-3
Cleveland (NL) 468-1 468-2 468-3
West Milton Douglass, “Buck” 1887-1888, 1895 Minneapolis (WA) 490-1 490-2 490-3 490-4 490-5
Weyhing John 1889 Philadelphia (AA) 492-1 492-2 492-3
Wheelock Bobby 1891, 1896 Boston (NL) 493-1 493-2 493-3 493-4 493-5 493-6 493-7
Detroit (IA) 493-1
Williams Jimmy Columbus Baseball Enthusiast Cleveland (AA) 501-1 501-2