Thursday, July 22, 2010

Not Being Overrun With People

As an evidence of the harm done St. Louis by the publication of bare-faced falsehoods comes an alleged tirade indulged in by Patsy Tebeau, published in your last issue. How can Patsy Tebeau, or anyone else, discuss the proposition to transfer base ball games from St. Louis to some other city, when no such proposition has been made? Ah, there is the rub. It has been published in St. Louis that such a transfer was contemplated; published without any warrant, however, without a single fact to base the publication upon; published and copied in other cities as a fact, because it is not yet known, though gradually becoming so, that some publications that appear in the city of St. Louis are not worthy of reproduction. Here are the facts:

Secretary Dreyfuss, of the Louisville Club, had written to President Von der Ahe requesting that the games for August 16, 17 and 18 be transferred to Louisville. Chris' reply was as follows: "I must say that for pure, unadulterated, unmitigated nerve, your proposition to transfer to Louisville the three games scheduled at St. Louis, August 16, 17 and 18, easily wins the 'blue ribbon.' Ye gods! Since when has there been such a thing as a 'crowd' at a ball game in Louisville. On our last visit there we did not make expenses, and with any approach to favorable weather here we will get more out of one game than three in your village. Judging from past results it would be much more to our advantage to transfer those three games to some little outside town rather than Louisville-if we were in the transfer business. We are not being overrun with people at our park, but compared with those at Louisville and Cleveland, it is as a World's Fair to a school picnic. I have never yet had to transfer a game; when I do, it will not be to Louisville-not this year, anyhow."
-Sporting Life, August 17, 1895

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