Sunday, January 3, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: Home Sweet Home

The Eastern clubs put in an appearance on Western fields yesterday. At Grand Avenue Park 3,000 spectators assembled to witness the contest between the Athletics, of Philadelphia, and the St. Louis Brown Stockings. Mr. William Medart was chosen Umpire, and his errors in judgment were numerous. The Browns, who lost the toss, played Pearce at short, Mack at second, and McGeary behind the bat, Clapp's hands being still very sore. Rittenhouse caught for the Athletics, Malone also being used up. Glaring errors in the first inning gave the home team two runs and the visitors two. One of the three runs scored by the Browns was earned. An almost faultless game was then played by both sides until its close. The best fielding was done by Zettlein, Dehlman, Force, Pearce, Mack and Meyerle. The batting was weak, Hall, the noted hard hitter, getting in one of his long drives in the ninth inning. All the other safe hits were singles.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 21, 1876

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