Sunday, October 5, 2008

Prominent Amateur Clubs Of 1884

A meeting of the Board of Directors of Sportsman's Park was held at the grounds last evening, there being present Messrs. Von der Ahe, O'Neill, Nolker and Reid. In answer to the call for the local amateur clubs desiring to compete for the handsome ebony bat and silver ball offered by the Directors, the following clubs were represented: Pinafore, by H.C. Hoener; Lyons, P.B. Golman; Comptons, N. Corbey; Wedge House, H. Sexton; Paragons, A. McHose; Westerns, Geo. Flood; St. Louis Grays, L.C. Waitt; Carr Place, A.W. Sumner; Enterprise, Wm. Cahill; Prickly Ash, H.E. Hobbs; Griesidicks, Geo. W. Alexander. These clubs all expressed a desire to enter the competition, and the Directors will decide upon those to be admitted very shortly and a schedule will be duly prepared. No admission will be charged to the games and an effort will be made to develop the amateur talent of the city, Mr. Von der Ahe stating the willingness of the Sportsman's Park directory to stand all expense of advertising and ground appointments.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 29, 1884

1 comment:

David Ball said...

As I think I've mentioned here before, Blong's position was that the Reds had not paid him his salary and had no hold on him. In spite of the talk of expulsion the Reds later were apparently content to play the Covington Stars with Blong in the latter team's lineup.

The Stars eventually named Blong ream captain but then themselves later expelled Blong for allegedly throwing a game. However, there's no good evidence he was guilty of anything more than perhaps a measure of insubordination and tactless talk. By the time the hearing on his expulsion was held he had signed a contract with the St. Louis Browns for 1876 and didn't fight the issue very hard. The expulsion was pushed through by the club president, who within a few months fled to Canada after his accounts as a city official were found to be in default because of large sums of money he had embezzled to cover gambling debts.