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The 1893 baseball team

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1893 Champions of the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

According to the Clark County Historian, Jeanne Burke, the coach's name was "Albert Ike (real name Eich) and he is listed in our 1895 Caron's Jeffersonville/New Albany City Directory as 'baseball player' who resides at 180 West Market Street in Jeffersonville. Albert was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1866 to German immigrants William and Mary E. Eich. William Eich was a shoemaker who was born in 1839 in Germany. The Eichs lived at 238 Watt Street in 1880, when Albert was 14. At that time, Albert was a day laborer. By the 1890s, Albert had changed his name to Ike and had moved out. Albert married Florence Patterson. He worked some years as a day laborer but, by 1927, He had changed his name back to Eich and ran a real estate agency in Jeffersonville."

Eich's Obituary ran on page one of THE EVENING NEWS (Jeffersonville, Indiana) February 25, 1930. It reads, in full: "Albert C. Eich, Former Star of Baseball, Dies Was Southern Leaguer And College Coach Albert C. Eich, 64, former justice of the peace, and star of baseball, 819 East Court Avenue, died of pneumonia at 7:40 o'clock Monday night at the Clark County Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville. He had been ill four days and was taken to the hospital Monday night in critical condition. Mr. Eich, whose business was that of a salesman, was born and lived all his life in Jeffersonville. Since his young manhood, he had been an active Democratic worker. He served Jeffersonville Township for eight years as a justice of the peace and in that capacity married hundreds of couples. As the result of his activity in that office he became widely known among visitors to the Southern Indiana Gretna Green.

Was Master Ballplayer-

Albert, as he was generally known, was a likeable and genial man and hs passing will be regretted by his host of friends. In his earlier days he was an athlete and showed great efficiency in the sport of baseball. He rose to the rank of a professional player and was one of the best second basemen in the Southern League. After his retirement from active baseball play, he was engaged by several universities as a coach. He was the coach for the Indiana University baseball team, when that institution had the premier baseball team of the Middle West. The deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Eich. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Florence Eich; two daughters, Mrs. Finley Dunlevy, Jeffersonville; Mrs. Fred Wells, Louisville; three brothers: Edward Eich, Indianapolis, and William and Frank Eich, Jeffersonville."

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Indiana University

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Atwater, Munson Darwin

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Branch, Emmet Forest

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McDowell, Harry Woodward

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Ferguson, Fred E.

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Ferguson, Frank G.

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Hammond, Edwin Pollock

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Ike, Albert

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Malott, Claude G.

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Moore, Dana

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Scholler, Harry M.

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Sembower, Charles Jacob

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Utter, Clifton C.

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Eich, Albert

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(Front Row, L to R) Pitcher Clifton C. Utter and catcher Frank G. Ferguson.

(Middle Row, L to R) Claude G. Malott, Harry M. Scholler, Harry McDowell and Emmet Forest Branch.

(Back Row, L to R) Coach Charles Jacob Sembower, manager Edwin Pollock Hammond, Fred E. Ferguson and Munson Atwater.




Coaches (Athletics)


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