Sunday, April 12, 2009

Giants On The Ball Field, Part Six

Arthur Strong and Eugene Greenleaf were two valuable men in the Union club, both being capable of filling any position-the latter was a fair twirler and the former an active fielder.  Both were engaged in mercantile life.

Harry Berning was one of the heaviest batters in the Union team.

General W.T. Sherman, while his headquarters were located here on Garrison avenue, frequently showed his interest in baseball by his attendance at the games.  The Union club elected him an honorary member and, upon receiving notification of that action, the General indited a graceful and grateful letter thanking the club for "the honor conferred."

One of the finest batters and fielder that St. Louis produced was Zach Mulhall of the Red Stocking club, who is now a prosperous stockman in the Indian Nation, and was strongly recommended to the President for appointment to the office of United States Marshal a short time since.

Andy Blong, now of the James S. Dowling Painting Company, and his brother, Joseph, were both brilliant players in the Red Sox club.  The former has been for several years the Twenty-sixth Ward representative in the Democratic Central Committee.

F.C. Billon, bookkeeper for The Republic, was as pretty and sure a player as the Union Club ever had in the team.

E.F. Finney, assistant secretary to the Board of Public Improvements, played in both the Olympic and Union Clubs.
-St. Louis Daily Republic, February 9, 1896

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