Saturday, February 21, 2009

Was This Game Played?

The champion nine of the Empire Base Ball Club, of (St. Louis), left for Cincinnati this evening, where they will play the Red Stockings to-morrow, and then visit Louisville and other points east of here.
-Chicago Tribune, July 26, 1869

Taking a look at the Red Stockings' 1869 schedule, it appears that they played Forest City in Cincinnati on July 24 and Cream City in Milwaukee on July 30. I can't find any mention of them playing the Empire Club until the September 16 game in St. Louis. Interesting.


Richard Hershberger said...

The Empires played and beat the Buckeyes on July 27. They played the Red Stockings July 28 but only got in four innings before rain stopped play. The Red Stockings were ahead. They then went to Louisville and July 29 beat the Kentucky Club 30-28 and July 30 the Eagle Club 35-24.

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Jeffrey Kittel said...

Thanks, Richard. I didn't go any further than checking Wright's book on the NABBP and a quick google search. Tobias, interestingly, fails to mention the trip or the game against the Red Stockings, skipping from a game between the Empires and the Aetnas on July 23 to the arrival of the Southerns of New Orleans in StL in August. I appreciate the information.

GenealogyBank has the Daily Missouri Republican from 1841 to 1888 so I may have to join up. Thanks for the tip.

Richard Hershberger said...

I wouldn't expect any modern source to list the rainout because the rule back then was the same as today: if you don't get five innings in, nothing happened. (My guess is that, unlike today, you had to get five complete innings in regardless of which team batted first or last, or had the lead, but otherwise it is the same rule.) So they don't list the game because there was no game.

Wright is often a good place to start for this sort of thing, but rarely a good place to end. His treatment is wider than it is deep, especially outside of the New York metro area.

As for Tobias, I have no explanation beyond human error.