A party of nine young gentlemen, hailing from nowhere in particular, and distinguished from the rest of the world by wearing white stockings, and a party of nine other young gentlemen, hailing from nowhere in particular, and distinguished from the rest of the world by wearing brown stockings, have met in the City of St. Louis and disputed for the honors of a base-ball field, with the result that the white-hosed young gentlemen were whipped in every inning and the brown-hosed young gentlemen scored 10 runs to their opponents 0. Upon the strength of this discomfiture, the City of St. Louis has risen to its feet in a spirit of exultation, and is rending the air with ecstatic exclamations, and making itself ridiculous generally. These brown-legged young gentlemen having defeated the white-legged ones, we are now prepared to see St. Louis make a new claim for the location of the Mint in that city, prepare new arguments in favor of locating the National Capital there, and immediately issue a new directory with 200,000 additional names in it. The issue of this important brown-legged event will undoubtedly have a cheerful influence upon the stagnant condition of the trade and commerce of that city, and infuse new life into its torpid channels. We presume every citizen of St. Louis breathes more freely and feels more erect, now that nine men with white stockings, hailing from Chicago, have been beaten; that it really has one source of honest exultation; and that, for the first time, it can rejoice in getting ahead of Chicago. We have no desire to depreciate the great physical and moral victory which St. Louis has gained. We acknowledge it in its length and breadth. If necessary, we are prepared to feel mortified, to call these white-legged young gentlemen all sorts of harsh names, and even to invite the brown-legged gentlemen to Chicago and give them an ovation, calling out the Fire Department, the school-children, and the brass bands to assist.-Chicago Daily Tribune, May 8, 1875
...St. Louis can keep on howling with exultation, and should do so. She may never have another chance. Let her make the most of it. If so slight a thing as a base-ball game can make her happy, it would be cruel to interfere with it or in any way belittle the event.
Wow. This article made me think of four things:
- the word "condescending"
- the word "defensive"
- every whinny Cub fan I've ever met
- the national media and their treatment of Sarah Palin
You really just want to smack somebody who would write something like this. Or at the very least help them raise money so that they can finally get that operation to remove the stick from their ass.