Saturday, April 17, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: Shivering Through Nine Innings

Although it was even colder yesterday afternoon than on the day previous, the tenth and last base ball game of the Hartford-St. Louis series was not only much better played, but also far more interesting than its predecessor. Five hundred spectators shivered through the nine innings, which were tolerably well played on both sides. Seven of the Hartford men played without an error, while Mills committed two and Allison three. St. Louis, also, committed but five errors, which were distributed between McGeary, Clapp, Bradley and Dehlman. Batting, however, gained the day for the Dark Blues, Ferguson and Allison doing yeoman service in that respect, each of them making a base hit every time he came to the bat, and one of Ferguson's being a double-bagger. Clapp, McGeary and Mack got in singles for St. Louis, while Cuthbert had four beauties placed to his credit, with a total of five. Not one of the five tallies made during the game was earned, McGeary getting his run on an overthrow by Allison to catch him at second, and, Remsen, Ferguson, Yorke and Allison getting theirs on bad errors by McGeary, Dehlman, Bradley and Clapp. The outfielding on both sides was superb, Yorke, Remsen, Cuthbert and Cassidy especially distinguishing themselves by brilliant running catches, the one from Burdock's bat secured by Cuthbert, after a long run and high jump, when two men were on bases, being cheered to the echo. Battin, Burdock and Mack distinguished themselves by some beautiful stops and throws. This defeat will be felt severely by the Browns, who have now a herculean task to perform to retain second place, as will be seen by studying the championship table.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 1, 1876

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