Friday, April 16, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: Cold Comfort

It was colder than charity at Grand Avenue Park yesterday afternoon, and the ninth base ball contest of the Hartford-St. Louis series was consequently poorly played. About 800 spectators were in attendance. Jack Chapman came up from Louisville to umpire the game, and acquitted himself very creditably. Hartford, losing the toss, was sent to the bat, and in the first inning, after Remsen and Burdock had retired, earned a run by the fine batting of Higham and Ferguson, each of whom got in a double bagger. Mills scored for Hartford in the second inning by earning first, Remsen's base hit and Blong's wild throw. The Blues failed to increase their score in the last seven innings, and were beaten by a score of 5 to 2-the Browns getting in two runs in the second, two in the fifth and one in the seventh inning, none of which were earned, although ten elegant base hits were knocked out of Cummings' curves, Bradley and Dehlman leading with two each. The fielding of the visitors was execrable, as the error column will show, the Browns also doing some miserable work in that respect. The features of the game were a fine double play by Burdock and Mills in the third inning, and a double play by Remsen, unaided, in the fourth, he capturing Mack's apparently safe fly by a magnificent effort and then stepping on second, which Blong had left for home. Mills and Yorke were also splendidly doubled up by Bradley, McGeary and Dehlman in the seventh inning. The short fielding of Mack, and third base play of Battin was also very fine...
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 30, 1876

According to the Globe, it was sixty degrees at game time.

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