St. Louis came down like a wolf on the fold,And their pockets were filled up with greenbacks and gold.They told us great tales, amid smiles and frowns;They bet all their greenbacks, and swore by the Browns;But a basket of goose-eggs they got for their share.For Williamson, Kelly, and Anson were there.Three-baggers, two-baggers, and Latham take care;For the Browns may play ball in a country town well,But the Kings of the League you'll find, Latham, are--well.
-The Daily Inter Ocean, October 19, 1886
Now there's a bit of doggerel for you. To add insult to injury, the Inter Ocean went on to write the following:
Last evening a young man brought to the office...the following challenge, which the visiting club may wish to consider:Mr. Editor-I, as manager of the Bootblack Base Ball Club, challenge the St. Louis club, better known as the Browns, for a series of games to be played here for all the money they can get.E. Ward, Manager,Bootblacks' Base Ball Club