The first sports team of any variety formed at Mississippi State University, then Mississippi A&M College, was a baseball team, organized in 1885, five years after the college opened in 1880. (MSU was founded in 1878 but did not begin operations until two years later).
A&M's first intercollegiate game was played against rival Ole Miss on October 12, 1892. This was a home game, played on the vacant plot of land between the railroad and the main dormitory (which became known as Old Main). This spot is currently the southwest corner of the quadrangle and is partly covered by the McCool building which houses the College of Business and Industry and the School of Accountancy. A&M won the game 6-3.
Through the years baseball has become one of MSU's favorite sports, and the university teams have won many individual and team honors. The campus boasts one of the top stadiums in the country and games draw crowds that give MSU attendance figures that consistently rank among the nation's best. The storied "left field lounge" is well known throughout collegiate baseball circles.
The photographs that follow are of MSU baseball teams from the late 1890s through the early 1920s. The young men that played on these teams sometimes had to make do without a coach, yet they persisted, and all together they laid the groundwork for a premier baseball program.
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