Sunday, December 13, 2009

The 1876 Brown Stockings: On To Hartford

A very poor crowd greeted the first appearance of the Brown Stockings in (Hartford). The game was called promptly at 3:30, Mr. Daniels umpiring. The Browns lost the toss, and, by lucky hits of Clapp, Pike and Batting, scored two runs in their first inning. An error by Dehlman gave Burdock his base. Remson's out at first sent him to second, where he was caught napping. In the second inning Blong opened with a hot one to short, which was muffed by Carey. Bradley struck out. Dehlman hit to third, and forced Blong at second, and was caught napping at first by Bond. By Ferguson's two-baser, and York's single, the Hartford's scored an earned run. Carey and Bond flew out to Cuthbert and McGeary, and Mills tipped out.

In the third inning both sides failed to score, the Browns having a narrow escape, as, after they had put two of their opponents out, Remson hit a beauty to left for two bases, and Mack made a weak throw of Higham's hit. Ferguson dropped an easy fly back of Bradley, which McGeary quickly passed to Dehlman in time. In the fourth inning, after two men were out, Battin hit a hard liner, Carey weakened on. A bad throw of Harbridge game him second, and an error of Burdock's on Blong's hit let him score. In the fifth inning Dehlman earned first, stole second, and by good base running, scored on Mack's and Cuthbert's hits to Carey, Clapp fouling out. Mills and Harbridge hit flys, and were taken in. Burdock and Remson both earned their bases, and scored on Higham's hit, which Battin allowed to pass him.

In the sixth inning, McGeary opened out with a nice hit, and stole second. Pike allowed two good balls to be called strikes, and then tipped out. McGeary was thrown out trying to steal third, and Battin hit to second and retired. The Dark Blues, by the good batting of Ferguson, Carey and York, scored two earned runs, and took the lead and maintained it to the end. In the ninth inning, St. Louis had a good chance to win, or at least tie the game. McGeary, the first striker, was well caught at center. Pike reached first on a short hit to right, but neglected two good chances to run down to second, from where he could easily have scored on Battin's safe hit to left. As it was, he only reached second on the hit. Blong, the next striker, hit to Carey, and a double play resulted. Battin, considering the bad condition of his leg, played a good game. His one error on Higham's hit proved very costly, however, two men scoring on it in the fifth inning.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 7, 1876

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