Michigan Baseball, 1895

The 1895 Michigan baseball team that came to play in Omaha during a seven-game swing through the Midwest.

Not far from TD Ameritrade Park, a University of Michigan baseball team played in Omaha for the first time. Nearly 125 years ago.

In May 1895, the Wolverines made a seven-game trip through the Midwest that included playing the University Club of Omaha on its home grounds, University Park at 20th and Miami Streets — about a mile northwest of today’s home to the College World Series.

Michigan won 9-5, beating the team of former college players who were living in the Omaha vicinity. Among the locals was Frank Crawford, who was Michigan’s captain and catcher in 1893.

Crawford has a place in football annals at UM and at Nebraska.

Michigan regards him and Mike Murphy as its first football coaches in 1891. After graduating from UM’s law school, Crawford was Nebraska’s first salaried football coach in 1893 and 1894.