Scio College baseball team of 1895

The Scio College baseball team of 1895 was reputedly one of the best amateur teams to ever come out of east central Ohio.

The team won 16 of the 17 games it played that season, defeating teams from the Twin Cities, Carrollton, Cadiz and Mingo Junction.

“The old Scio team was noted for its hitters and many an aspiring pitcher met his waterloo before that aggregation,” the Cadiz Republican newspaper said in 1906.

Its pitcher, John Hillary Swaim, known as the “Invincible” Swaim, later went on to have a career in the major leagues.

Scio College, a Methodist-run school noted for producing preachers and missionaries, had never had a baseball team until the fall of 1894. It played one game that year, against a team from Timothy Bottom, a small community located between Cadiz and what is now Tappan Lake. Timothy Bottom had gone three years without losing a game, and it had no problem defeating the inexperienced Scio College boys. Timothy Bottom won 12-8 its closest game of the year.

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