Friday, February 12, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: Sitting Down On The Cincinnatis

The St. Louis Browns came over here to-day, and sat down on the Cincinnatis to the tune of 19 to 3. They weren't feeling well, either. Fully 1,000 people were out to see the game, and the day was delightfully cool. In the first inning, the Reds went to the bat, Jones led off by striking out. Booth flew out to Pike, and Gould hit to McGeary. For the Browns, after Pike had struck twice, he made a fine three-base hit to center, while the crowd cheered lustily for their next year's center-fielder. He scored on Clapp's hi to clack, who threw home too late.

In the second inning, after Pearson was out, Dean reached first by Battin's fumble. Sweasy retired on a foul tip, and Foley brought Dean home by a terrific hit to left for three bases. Clack brought Foley home by a base hit to right. The Reds scored another run in the last inning. After two were out, Sweasy made a base hit to right, and went to second on a wild pitch. Foley batted him home by a hot ball which hit McGeary's leg and went past Blong in right field. The Browns got in two runs in the second inning by errors of Clack and Jones, and base hits by Dehlman and Clapp.

In the fourth inning they made six more runs by errors of Sweasy and a wild pitch of Dean, and base hits of Bradley, Dehlman, Clapp and McGeary, four of the runs being earned. In the seventh inning, before the second man was out, the Browns earned eight runs on successive base hits by Cuthbert, Blong, Bradley, Dehlman, Pike, Clapp, McGeary, Battin and Cuthbert, the last being a two-baser. At this point Dean was sent to short, and Clack brought in to pitch. Bob never pitched before in his life, but in the remainder of the game the Browns only made two base hits off of him, the ninth run in the seventh inning being made by Cuthbert, who was on second when Dean was removed.

The fine playing of the Reds was done by Foley, Snyder, Booth, and Pearson. Pearson, by magnificent throwing from right field, caused two double plays and caught Pearce once before he reached first. Snyder's one-hand catch of Pike's long fly, and a fine running catch of another of Pike's long flies, was never equalled on the home grounds. All the Browns played beautifully, Clapp, Pike and Dehlman taking the honors. Bradley was very effective. Dean proven a failure. "Cherokee" Fisher umpired the game satisfactorily, as he does everything he undertakes, and met with quite an ovation. The loudest calls for him went up from the crowd when Dean was removed, but he goes to Jackson, Mich., to play with the Michigans.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 2, 1876

Clapp, McGeary, Battin, Cuthbert and Dehlman all had three hits for the Brown Stockings and McGeary, Cuthbert and Bradley all scored three runs. And this was not the Browns' highest scoring game of the season. On June 14, against Boston, and September 8, against Philadelphia, they scored twenty runs.

Without doing any math, I'm pretty sure the Browns scored more runs against Philadelphia than any other club. Besides the twenty run outburst in September, they had games were they scored 17, 16 and 15 runs against the Athletics. I guess they liked hitting against Lon Knight and George Zettlein.

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