The base ball nine of (St. Louis) for 1878 has been partly broken up by the expulsion of Devlin and Hall by the Louisville Club for fraud. They were engaged to play with this club next season and substitutes will be hard to find, as they were experts. In fact, it is doubtful if the club will try to fill the vacant positions, for there are rumors that the management are disgusted with base ball, and those well posted with the inside workings of the club claim that the club purposely lost several games this season they could have won, and that the Bostons, Louisvilles and Hartfords traded games with them for betting purposes. An investigation is to be made, when Blong, Battin and others, who are charged with having been bought over by the Bostons and Hartfords, will proably be expelled. The coming investigation will result in a more startling expose than the Louisville frauds. Testimony will be forthcoming that will condemn numerous players in the Cincinnati, Hartford and Boston clubs. In fact nearly all the clubs belonging to the League Association will be implicated, so that a general investigation by the League Association will be necessary. It is reported that conclusive evidence will be furnished which will result in the expulsion of players from all the clubs. At a meeting of the (Brown Stockings') stockholders, the Treasurer's report for 1877 shows that the expenses for that period have exceeded that receipts by about $6300. This amount has been reduced $2000 by the voluntary contributions of the members of the Board of Directors. The players have agreed to make discounts from their claims for salaries to the extent of $1600, so that the indebtedness will be reduced to $2700. The amount contributed by the players is not far from uniform, and the per diem charge of 50 cents per day while away from home, and the balance of $2700 still due is for salaries for players. The directors state that unless this deficit is made up by the friends of the club there will be no nine there next year, notwithstanding the fact that between $2500 and $3000 have already been pledged as a guarantee for 1878.
-Boston Daily Globe, November 11, 1877