Sylvester
F.
Wilson


 

SYLVESTER F. WILSON was, when it all comes down to it, not a very nice person. In Camden he made the newspapers in the 1870s for assault and battery, ticket scalping (which involved a certain amount of forgery and counterfeiting), and I'm sure is I spent more time in local newspapers I would find more transgressions.

Not long after he wore out his welcome in Camden, Sylvester Wilson began promoting all-girl baseball teams... the "English Blondes" and the "American Brunettes". In time he ran afoul of the law, as at least two of the girls were underage. He also appears to have had a habit of skipping out on paying bills. Sylvester Wilson served time in the New York penal system in the 1890s for his activities, and apparently was still up to his old tricks as late as 1903. 

In his time, Sylvester Wilson generated a lot of newspaper articles, which I think you will find to be an interesting look into days gone by. If you know more about Sylvester F. Wilson, please contact me by e-mail

Phil Cohen
August 5, 2009


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 14, 1876


Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 1877


Cincinnati Daily Gazette - November 9, 1877


 

 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 13, 1877

 

 

 

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 14, 1877


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 20, 1877


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 22, 1877


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 26, 1877


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 9, 1878


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 12, 1878


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 13, 1878


Cleveland Plain Dealer  - June 14, 1878


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 16, 1878


Lowell Daily Citizen - March 27, 1879


New York Herald - May 13, 1879


 

 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 1880

 

 

 

 

 

 


New York Times - August 16, 1891


St. Louis Republican - October 9, 1891


 

 

 

St. Louis Republican
October 13, 1891

 

 

 

 


 

St. Louis Republican
October 15, 1891

 

 


New York Sun - October 21, 1891


Springfield Republican - October 29, 1891
Springfield, Massachusetts


New York Times - December 9, 1892


New York Times - December 20, 1892


Charlotte Observer - December 25, 1892


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 25, 1892


New Orleans Times Pelican
December 27, 1892


Boston Journal - June 29, 1903


 

 

 

Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 1880

 

 

 

 

 

 



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