Tuesday, October 16, 2007

October 16th In 19th Century St. Louis Baseball History

On this day in 1988, the 10-game World Series opens in New York with the Giants and Tim Keefe edging the Browns and Silver King 2-1. Each hurler allows only 3 hits.

-from Baseball Library

It sounds like the kind of game I would enjoy (except for the final outcome of course). The Browns and Giants actually played 11 games in the series. The Giants jumped to a 5-1 lead in games when the series shifted to St. Louis and clinched the series championship 6 games to 2. Even with the championship decided, Von der Ahe, for obvious financial reasons, insisted that all of the games in the series be played. With the Browns beating a now disinterested Giants club in three straight games, the New York club's final margin of victory in the World Series ended up at 6-5.

The picture above is a team photo of the 1888 Browns.

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