Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Financially, The Season Was A Success

A meeting of the stockholders of the St. Louis Base Ball Association was held in one of the parlors of the Southern Hotel last night, the attendance being large. The reports of the various officers were read and adopted, after which officers for the ensuing year were elected, no change being made except in the directory, Messrs. Carr, Medart and Steigers dropping out. The report of the Treasurer showed that there was a balance in the treasury of over $3,000. Park improvements cost the association between $3,000 and $4,000, and quite a sum was paid in advance to secure players for next year's nine, otherwise there would have been a larger sum to report. Financially, the season was a success, but as members of the press were excluded from the meeting, for purposes best known to the association, and those most interested do not evince any desire to make the affairs of the club public, the figures cannot be given.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, November 10, 1875

I know that I've posted this before and we had a bit of a debate about what the financial numbers actually meant but for the sake of the new project, I thought it wouldn't hurt to repost the material. It's interesting to look at it in the context of starting the 1876 season rather than as an end to the 1875 season. I think that we can say that, going into the Centennial season, the Brown Stockings were in decent financial shape.

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