The Tribune of a week or so ago contained a telegram from St. Louis, which predicted as the view of the writer that the St. Louis Club would not very strongly attempt to win the games with the Hartfords. It was not asserted that there was any intent in the management to bring about such a result, and the developments of the week have made it proper to say that the dispatch was unquestionably based on an error. The splendid record of the Brown Stockings during the week last passed have not only made them clear of the assumption, but have put them in a very enviable position as concerns their games with the Hartfords. They have now won as many games from that club as have the Chicagos, and the games between the two leading Western organizations will take an added interest from the fact.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 18, 1876 (from the Chicago Tribune)
I think this is the first time that a Chicago paper had anything nice to say about a St. Louis baseball club. And it only took three straight shutouts of Hartford for it to happen.