Sunday, March 7, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: Possessinng Their Souls In Patience

It was a great pity that it rained so hard yesterday afternoon, as the treasuries of the Chicago and St. Louis Clubs must have suffered greatly thereby. Thousands have also disappointed that the game could not be played. The beautiful weather of the morning led base ball enthusiasts to anticipate a glorious afternoon for the sport, and the result was that nearly every reserved seat had been sold by noon; and so universal is the excitement regarding this contest that it is safe to predict that the largest crowd of the season would have been present had the rain held off. As it was, a few unfortunates, including Ticket-seller McManus, Andrus, of the Chicago club, and Meacham, of the Tribune, were imprisoned in the ticket office, and witnessed a strange transformation scene. So heavily did the rain fall that within half an hour the park had disappeared, and quite a good-sized lake took its place. Meacham enjoyed the thorough drenching which he received, as it was the first chance he had had to get cool since arriving in the city. It has been arranged that the postponed game shall take place on Monday, and ticket purchasers will have to possess their souls in patience for forty-eight hours longer. As this contest will have a great deal to do with settling the championship question, a crowd of 6,000 to 7,000 may be looked at the park to-morrow afternoon.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 20, 1876

The weather in St. Louis had been poor for the entire series and the Tribune noted that this had negatively effected the size of the crowds.

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