Sir-As there are several false rumors afloat regarding the non-appearance of Mr. Nichols in his position as pitcher yesterday, allow me a few lines in explanation.Mr. Nichols has been suffering for some little time with a lame side and shoulder, and, as I was anxious that he should make as favorable an impression as possible, I decided to let him rest one day. He was not reserved for the game with the "Reds," as your paper...states, but did not pitch for the very reason that he was not in condition. Very truly, etc.,T.B. Jewett,Manager N.H.B.B.C.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 19, 1876
Nichols did pitch against the Reds, although not well. The Reds scored nine runs in winning the game handily 9-3, aided by fourteen errors by the New Haven fielders.