While the reporting, the language and conditions were archaic, the grand game was in its earliest stages and, just like it remains a century and a half later, “championship” was the ultimate goal. This Harper’s Weekly was published on November 25, 1865 and pays tribute to the “Brooklyn Atlantic” championship club. The Civil War-era woodcut illustration portrays nine members of a squad that pre-dated the Major Leagues. The crisp piece is displayed within a 14x18 Lucite holder.
Among the nine listed, eight went on to Major League careers. They include: Joe Start, Frank Norton, Jack Chapman, Tom Pratt, Charlie Smith, John Galvin (not to be confused with Hall of Famer "Pud" Galvin), Dickey Pearce and Fred Crane. The latter player appeared in a single game for the 1873 Elizabeth Resolutes of the National Association. The resolutes went 2-21 before disbanding.