West chester amateur baseball
Several varieties of bat-and-ball games were popular in early 19th-century Philadelphia and it took more than three decades for players to formally organize the sport of baseball. As the sport became popular, clubs from other parts of the area followed: Minerva in and Keystone, Mercantile, Athletic, Equity, Winona, and Hamilton in The original convention of 16 New York amateur clubs grew to 50 including New Jersey and Pennsylvania teams within two years and established rules of play. West Chester, the county seat of Chester County, is 25 miles west of downtown Philadelphia and had a population of 4, in , when, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer , a group of players began using the Brandywine name. After several years of playing under the Brandywine name, a group of 25 to 30 young professional men, students, and clerks formally organized as the Brandywine Baseball Club in late September.