Information taken from The Portsmouth Times, Saturday, June 5, 1965.
Baseball Club Established In Year 1866
The River City Baseball Club was the first one organized in Portsmouth. Established in 1866, the club played its games at Waller Woods which was an area just north of Second St. and east of Waller st.
Members of the first team were James W. Newman, John Wilhelm, George W. helfenstein, Pat Corbett, Samuel Harper, Jerry Hall, Edward Kelly, Dan Spry, and Thomas P. Brown.
Another oldtime baseball club was the Riverside Baseball Club which played its games on the Scioto Bottoms after its organization in 1875.