Monday, November 15, 2010

The 1887 World Series: Exciting Greater Attention

Next Monday and Tuesday, the Detroit sluggers, winners of the League pennant, will meet the St. Louis Browns, champions of the world, for the first time, at Sportsman's Park. The games are exciting greater attention than any series ever played, and it is safe to say they will attract the largest crowds ever seen at Sportsman's Park. Notwithstanding the crippled condition of the champions, their friends regard their chances equally as good as those of the Detroits, whose strong slugging abilities are regarded as of a big advantage over the champions. The latter's wonderful base-running and fielding strength will more than offset Detroit's hitting propensities, and the many elements of attractiveness that contribute to the uncertainty of the game will be especially strong in this series. Following St. Louis the games will be played in Pittsburg, New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Louisville. They will be contested for all they are worth, and the winner of the series takes 75 per cent and the loser 25 per cent of the receipts, after expenses are deducted.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 4, 1887

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