Sunday, November 21, 2010

The 1887 World Series: The Question And The Parade

The contest about to be inaugurated for the leading position among ball clubs is especially interesting because the result will decide an important question which has long been the subject of discussion among the patrons and admirers of the national game, viz: The collective qualities necessary for the best ball team, strong batters or good fielders and base runners. The Detroits and the Browns will have answered this question when the world's championship games are over. One is a team of "sluggers," or heavy batters, and the other is not so handy with the stick, but has no equal as a fielding and base-running team. Every arrangement has been made for the grand entree on Monday, even to a parade. Although the price of admission has been raised thousands of reserved seats have already been sold, and the demand for them increases as the opening date approaches. The Detroits will stop at the Southern, and from there at 10 o'clock Monday morning they will join in the base-ball parade and be driven through the streets in carriages. The parade will be headed by Phillips' Knights Templar Band. Presidents Von der Ahe and Stearns, of the two clubs, will occupy the front carriage in the procession, and in those that follow will be H. Clay Sexton, Dr. Ahlbrandt, the Directors and other officers of the Detroit and St. Louis clubs and visiting reporters. The last four carriages will contain the players who are to do battle.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 9, 1887

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