|Q: Baseball was played in Kansas as early as 1867 when the Frontier Baseball Club was organized. In which city was that first Kansas baseball club organized?
According to the Kansas Historical Society, baseball was played in Kansas as early as 1867 when the Frontier Baseball Club was organized in Leavenworth. The game had already been a popular way for soldiers to relieve the boredom of camp life during the Civil War (1861-1865). Thousands of veterans moved to Kansas following the war and brought with them a love of the game. Soon teams sprang up across the state, and a baseball tournament was held at the 1867 Kansas State Fair in Lawrence. A silver trophy in the shape of a baseball was awarded to the winning team. Baseball continued to grow in popularity and by the turn of the century many towns across the state fielded teams.
(Source: Kansas Historical Society)