Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Browns! Reds! Bradley Vs. Galvin! Sunday Baseball! Bad Weather!

The Red Stockings, who have just returned from a prolonged and successful Eastern tour, were defeated yesterday afternoon, at the Grand Avenue Grounds, by the Browns, who have also just returned from an Eastern trip. The game was witnessed by about 800 spectators, who found the cold, blustering wind, which swept over the ground from the west, very uncomfortable, and calculated to mar the enjoyment of the sport. The Reds have played a magnificent game during the season, and rank about the best club outside of the League; therefore it was no sure thing the Browns had of winning. This fact was appreciated by the Browns, and knowing that the full strength of the nine would be required to wrest a ball from the "ponies," they played their regular nine, with the exception of Cuthbert at right field. His place was filled by Pearce, but Dick had nothing at all to do. The Reds played their nine in regular position.

At 3:30 o'clock, McGeary having won the toss, the "ponies" were sent to the bat, and the game commenced. The nine were retired in one-two-three order, Morgan striking out, and Croft and Redmon sending foul tips back to Clapp. For the Browns, Pike got first base on called balls, and a base hit by McGeary and a couple of passed balls let him home.

In the second inning the Reds tied the score. After two men had been retired, Galvin let drive a beautiful two-baser to Pike's field. Dillon, who was on second, came in home, Pike trying to head him off by a pretty long throw to Clapp, who muffed the ball. The Browns were calcimined.

Both sides drew blanks in the third inning. In the fourth inning the Reds were treated to another whitewash, Dolan's safe hit to right field availing the side naught. A couple of errors by Magner and Dillon gave McGeary his home base, and added another run to the Brown's score.

The Reds were treated to more lime in the fifth inning. In this inning Galvin drove a hard fly to extreme left field, but the ball fell outside the foul line and could not be found. It was one of the hardest hits ever made on these grounds. Another ball was obtained, and the Brown's secured another run, Billy Gleason dropping Mack's high fly, which gave that player second base, and he came home on Pike's safe hit to right field. In the sixth inning Blong got in his run on errors by Jack Gleason, Croft and Dolan.

Each nine then held the other down until the ninth inning, when Mack added another run to his score.

The Reds showed the effect of their two months of travel, and did not play up to their usual standpoint, as the score will indicate. At the stick they did as well as the Browns, but in the field they played a loose game.

The Browns failed to hit Galvin with any effect, and their victory is entirely due to the poor fielding of their opponents. The game, while it lacked anything like brilliancy, was an interesting one, and served to show that with both clubs playing their usual game, how evenly pitted the two nines would be. The two clubs will play again this afternoon at the Red Stocking Park on Compton avenue...
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 27, 1876

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