Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: Another Beauty

The game here to-day was another beauty. Although it rained hard all day Friday, Friday night, and also this morning, the grounds were found to be in fit condition to play, although the outfield was rather moist in some places. Louisville was sent to bat, and, after the first two strikers had retired, Hague sent a two-baser to far left, a passed ball advanced him to third, and he reached home on a wild pitch. After the first two strikers for St. Louis had retired, McGeary hit safe past short; Battin bunted one to Hague, and a tremendously high throw, over Gerhardt's head, scored McGeary and put Battin on third; Battin immediately afterward scored on Cuthbert's nice liner to left. The respective scores remained the same up to the seventh inning, when the Browns, by good batting, got in the winning run. Blong struck a safe liner to center; Pearce retired on a splendid running fly catch by Ryan; Bradley and Dehlman both batted safe singles past short, and the bases were full; Mack sent a long foul fly to left, and another magnificent running catch by Ryan disposed of him; Blong remained on his base, and scored after the catch was made. Clapp ended the inning by batting to Fulmer, who threw Dehlman out at second. Ryan, by excellent base running, scored Louisville's remaining run. He led off with a safe liner to left, went to second on Gerhardt's short fly to center. Devlin knocked up a high fly to Pearce, who, to make a double play, did not try to catch it. When he picked it up to throw to third, Ryan was already there, and the only one caught was Gerhardt at second. Devlin ran to second to draw a throw from Clapp, and McGeary, throwing a trifle wide of the home playe, in return gave Ryan his run. In the ninth inning Hastings, the first striker,, got first on an error of McGeary, but Fulmer, hitting to short, led to a double play by Pearce, McGeary and Dehlman. Somerville was thrown out by Battin, and the game belonged to St. Louis.

Bradley pitched excellently. McGeary had a great deal of work to do and accomplished it well, some fine running stops going to his credit, and both Pearce and Battin stopped a throw to bases very accurately. Cuthbert and Battin led at the stick, Cuthbert making his second safe hit in the ninth inning. The Browns' errors numbered but four-McGeary's wild throw home and fumble of a grounder, Bradley's wild pitch and Clapp's passed ball. The playing of both nines in every particular was remarkably even, the Browns winning on their merits.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 13, 1876

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