Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: The New Catcher

This afternoon the Brown Stockings play the St. Louis University Nine, and the friends of the professionals will have a chance to see their new catcher, McGinley, at work as he is to play behind the bat. To-morrow the third game with the Athletics takes place.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 23, 1876

Changes in the Boston Nine.

...McGinley has been released, and has been engaged as change catcher for St. Louis.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 26, 1876

This is the first mention I've found of a new catcher to replace Tom Miller. Although there is no record of him playing in a League game for the Brown Stockings, McGinley is obviously Ted McGinley, who played in nine games for Boston in 1876. Doing a quick search, it appears that McGinley did play in several exhibition games for the Brown Stockings, giving John Clapp and his sore hands a needed rest.

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