Friday, December 7, 2007

A Scorecard From 1894

I found a very neat item at Ohio According to the website "The Cincinnati Base Ball Club Score Book contains portraits of club officers, players, and sports editors for local newspapers; a game schedule for 1894; advertisements; and a completed scorecard for a game against St. Louis. Some of the noteworthy portraits are of William "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf center-fielder for whom umpire's hand signals were instituted; James "Bug" Holliday, a left fielder who batted .383 for the 1894 season, the highest recorded average in Reds history; and Charles Comiskey, the club manager who later became the owner of the Chicago White Sox. The 24-page score book measures 6 by 9 inches (15.24 by 22.86 cm)."

If I'm reading the scorecard correctly, this is the May 12, 1894 game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Browns. The game was held at League Park in Cincinnati and the Reds won the contest by a score of 5-0. The Sporting News, in their account of the game, wrote that "It was as pretty a coat of whitewash as was ever applied before a Cincinnati crowd, and more than 3,000 enthusiasts were on hand to enjoy it." Reds pitcher Tom Parrott "was the recipient of sundry and numerous rounds of applause" for his performance. Ted Breitenstein took the loss for the Browns.

1 comment:

Cliff Blau said...

Umpires did not start using hand signals for Hoy. They didn't start that until several years after Hoy retired. See Peter Morris' A Game of Inches, Volume 1, page 385.