Germantown Cricket Club

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Germantown Cricket Club
Germantown Clubhouse.gif
Clubhouse of the Germantown Cricket Club in 1893
Germantown Cricket Club is located in Pennsylvania
Germantown Cricket Club
Location 5140 Morris St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°1′25.10″N 75°10′24.31″W / 40.0236389°N 75.1734194°W / 40.0236389; -75.1734194Coordinates: 40°1′25.10″N 75°10′24.31″W / 40.0236389°N 75.1734194°W / 40.0236389; -75.1734194
Built 1890
Architect McKim, Mead & White; Charles F. McKim
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 87000758 [1]
Added to NRHP February 27, 1987

The Germantown Cricket Club is a cricket club in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was one of the four principal cricket clubs in the city and was one of the clubs contributing members to the famous Philadelphian cricket team. It was founded on 1 August 1854 in what is now the northwest section of the city. Its clubhouse was designed by architects McKim, Mead & White, the same architects who designed the Newport Casino tennis club. It is supposed to be the place where tennis first started in America. The U.S. National tennis championship, precursor to today's US Open, was played on Germantown Cricket's lawn tennis courts from 1921 to 1923.[2]

One of the most famous cricket matches held at Germantown was that against Lord Hawke's team in 1891. The game was attended by over 7000 spectators and led to the founding of the Associated Clubs of Philadelphia which selected the top cricketers in Philadelphia each year to represent the city on the Gentlemen of Philadelphia team. Cricket is still regularly played on Germantown's exquisitely maintained cricket pitch lawn during the spring and fall, bracketing the summer tennis season.

The Germantown Cricket Club was located in Nicetown from 1877 until 1890 when it moved to its present Manheim Street location after the merging with the Young America Cricket Club in 1890. The Newhall brothers joined the Germantown cricket team at this time after being the backbone of the Young America Cricket Club for forty years. George Newhall became editor of the American Cricketer which was published from 1877 to 1926. Walter Newhall scored his first century aged 12 and died in the Civil War. He fought on the Union side. It continues as a private club with facilities for tennis, squash, swimming, and special events.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Germantown Cricket Club History". Germantown Cricket Club. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 

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Preceded by
West Side Tennis Club
New York City
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1924192519261927
Succeeded by
Stade Roland Garros
Paris
Preceded by
Centre Court, Wimbledon
London
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1938
Succeeded by
Merion Cricket Club
Haverford
Preceded by
Queen's Club
London
Fed Cup
Final Venue

1964
Succeeded by
Kooyong Stadium
Melbourne
Preceded by
West Side Tennis Club
1915-1920
Home of the
U.S. Championships
1921-1923
Succeeded by
West Side Tennis Club
1924-1977