Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The 1876 Brown Stockings: The Browns Have Commenced Winning

The St. Louis boys met the Louisvilles to-day and vanquished them by a score of six to two. The nines are very evenly matched and the game to-day was most beautifully contested throughout. The Brown Stockings failed to hit Devlin, making only three base hits, but fielded much better than their adversaries, and to this fact owe their victory. The Louisvilles batted Bradley rather handily at times, but after securing bases were left. The St. Louis boys put in two runs in their first inning and the Louisvilles two in the third. No more made by either nine during the next three innings. Excitement ran high and Louisville folks were confident of victory, so freely was Bradley batted. The splendid fielding of the Brown's began to tell at this juncture. In the fifth inning Louisville had three men on bases, none out with heavy hitters at the plate, Bradley put in his best licks. Clapp threw down his cap and Dehlman bent his knee. One, two, three outs quickly followed. In the eighth inning this again occurred. Then it was, after whitewashing Louisville, that St. Louis got in three runs, being already one in the lead, made in the seventh inning. Two men were given bases on errors. Clapp appeared before the plate, and, by a beautiful three-baser to right, sent them home and soon followed himself. Clapp, Dehlman and Mack distinguished themselves by numerous pretty plays, and were each generously applauded. Devlin, Hague and Hastings carried off the glory the Louisvilles are entitled to. The home nine laid off Gerhardt and Chapman to play Hague and Ryan, and will probably retire Carbine and substitute either Allison or Gerhardt in future games.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 30, 1876

How do you win a game when you only get three hits and commit ten errors? I'm not sure exactly but I think it would help if your opponent commits fifteen errors.

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