Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The 1879 Brown Stockings Struggle To Schedule Games

The Brown Stockings, who now have a nine well able to cope with any professional team in the country, have thus far found it a matter of difficulty to arrange contests with outside clubs, and as they are more than a match for the really skillful amateurs with whom they have crossed bats this season, their games have not proved as exciting as their admirers desire.  This afternoon, however, should the weather permit, the St. Louis favorites will meet a club strong enough to make them play ball to win, the Alton boys, who have been easily defeating everything in their neck of the woods, having arranged to do battle with the Brown Stockings at the Grand Avenue Park.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 29, 1879

Ironically, the Alton club failed, without explanation, to show up for the game and the Brown Stockings were forced to play a picked nine.  

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