Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Two More Black Clubs

Manager Kelly's benefit at Compton Avenue Park was a success. Three games were played. The Comptons defeated the St. Louis Reds 12 to 6 in the morning. At 3:30 p.m. the Eclipse Reserves and Athletics took to the diamond, the Athletics winning by a score of 13 to 4. At 4 p.m. the Eclipse and Compton Browns, colored nines, opposed each other, the result being a score of 17 to 12 in favor of the Eclipse team.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 1, 1884

Lots of information here. I had seen a reference before to the Athletics as a black club but wasn't sure that they were from St. Louis. Now I'm reasonably certain. The Compton Browns is a club that I've never heard of before. So we can add both of these to the list of 19th century black baseball clubs in St. Louis.

Again, we're seeing the black clubs playing at the Compton Avenue Grounds, with the possibility that one, the Compton Browns, had a more formal relationship with the park and/or Thomas McNeary. I think it's safe to say that the Compton Avenue Grounds were the center of black baseball in St. Louis during this era. While there are sources that have a few games being played at the Grand Avenue Grounds, the vast majority of games played by the black clubs of St. Louis, that I'm aware of, were played at the Compton Avenue Grounds.


Anonymous said...

"Colored" Nines (1874-1877): Black Stockings, Blue stockings, Brown stockings, White Stockings, Green Stockings, Sunsets, Napoleons, Olives, Franklins, Lindells, Atlantics, Moonlights, Hartfords, Kirkwood Wheelers, and webseter Blue Stockings

Jeff Kittel said...

I did come across the list of clubs in the Brunson piece. Looking forward to sitting down and giving it some attention. I am rather pleased that there are people out there who have given the subject some attention. It seems like such a rich area for research and such an interesting subject that I'm surprised that someone hasn't written more about it.