Saturday, May 1, 2010

The 1876 Brown Stockings: The Last Box Score I Have

About 100 persons witnessed the game of ball played yesterday afternoon between the Browns and Reds of this city at Grand Avenue Park. The threatening weather doubtless kept a great many from attending. The game did not begin until 3:30, owing to the tardiness of one of the Browns' players. The playing on both sides was a great improvement over that of the day before. A change was made by both nines, Pearce playing instead of Cuthbert for the Browns, and Sullivan instead of Billy Gleason for the Reds. Up to the sixth inning the ponies led the score by three runs, but in the next the Browns got in four runs, two being earned; and as they presented lime to the Reds, they took the lead by one run, which they not only kept, but added another tally in the eighth inning to their side of the book. "Bad Dickey" got a bad "finger" put in him in the fifth inning while taking a red hot grounder from Morgan's bat. It will be seen, by glancing at the score, that the Reds made as many base hits as the Browns, but luck and the umpire seemed to be against them, and their sixth defeat at the hands of the Browns this season had to be chalked down. Although defeated, the Reds have nothing to be ashamed of over their performance yesterday. The pitching on both sides was very good, and both catchers did nobly. The Browns struck out six times, which shows that Galvin's red hot twisters were not easy to light on.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 22, 1876

The Browns may have played a few more exhibition games after this but I didn't find them. The Globe mentioned that the season in St. Louis officially came to a close on November 15, so there were likely more games. However, after this game, players such as Joe Battin started going back East for the off-season. So, for all intents and purposes, the Brown Stockings' 1876 season was over.

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