Friday, October 23, 2009
The Chicago White Stockings have been very shabbily treated by the weather clerk since their arrival in St. Louis, and they, as well as the thousands who were present at the Grand Avenue Park yesterday afternoon to witness the second game of the series with the Browns, were greatly disappointed. In spite of the fact that rain threatened all day, hundreds of the fair sex were also present, and the majority of them were, doubtless, well ducked before reaching their firesides. When the rain did make up its mind to fall, it fell with a vengeance, and play was, as a matter of course, out of the question. Hail followed rain, and the storm was an unusually fierce one. The probabilities are that the Whites will remain in the city and pull off their second game on Monday-weather permitting. On Tuesday, Spalding's men are booked to play the Cincinnati team in Chicago, and a longer stay here at this time is, of course, impossible.
-St. Louis Globe Democrat, May 7, 1876
There's a few interesting things here in this little rain out notice:
-The first two home games of the season were rained out. I've talked about the weather in St. Louis during the spring, specifically regarding the poor weather the clubs experienced at the beginning of the 1875 season, and there's no real need to go into it again. If you want to experience all of the extreme weather conditions that this planet offers, come live in St. Louis for a year. We have it all.
-No Sunday game. The game was scheduled for Saturday, May 6, but weather interfered. The make-up game was played on Monday, May 8, rather than Sunday, May 7.
-I've not really tracked it and this can't be the first time it was used but note the reference to the Brown Stocking as "the Browns." The nickname wouldn't be officially shortened until 1883 and that was really a different club altogether. But, still, the nickname Brown Stockings/Browns has a long history in St. Louis and there would be a club by that name, playing baseball in the city, from 1875 through 1953 (except for 1899-1901). It's a shame that the name has faded away.