Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 1887 World Series: Game Six

To-day opened cool but clear, and was much better for ball-playing than yesterday, the strong wind having died away, making it much more comfortable. The players awoke much refreshed after their first night's rest in a hotel since leaving St. Louis. The game to-day was scheduled for the Polo grounds up in Harlem. When time for the game there were probably 8000 people on the grounds. The audience was thoroughly impartial, in fact, if anything, were in favor of the Browns. The reason of this was probably that the crowd wished the Browns would defeat a team which had wiped up the diamond with their favorite Giants. The story of defeat is told in a few words. The Detroits killed Foutz, and the Browns were at the mercy of Getzein. The "Pretzel" pitched the game of his life. Up to the ninth inning the Browns had not made a safe hit off him. In the ninth they made three clean hits, but they availed nothing and the St. Louis champions were forced to yield by the ignominious score of 9 to 0. Bennett caught his sixth game and again did perfect work. He was injured early in the game, but p luckily played right through to the close. Ganzel did some clever fielding and some hard batting. The Detroits have not lost much by Brouthers' injury. Dunlap again played a perfect game, making some great stops and throws. White played his same steady, reliable game, as did Rowe. Richardson did some fine work in left field and was a perfect terror at the bat, his three-base hit being a line drive over O'Neill's head. Thompson and Hanlon also played perfect games.

Play Of The Home Team.

For the Browns Foutz pitched, and was hit very hard, especially in the first two innings, when the Detroits seemed to hit him without trouble. Bushong caught well but could not throw, the Detroits stealing bases on him at will. The long start Foutz allowed them, however, may have accounted for that. Comiskey played good ball at first, and made one of the hits credited to his side. Robinson, although charged with an error, did some great work, some of his stops being marvelous. Latham, as usual, played perfectly and batted splendidly. The Dude is playing the game of his life just now, hitting, fielding and running bases in a style that captures the audience at once. To-day he was the favorite of the crowd, and kept everybody in a good humor. Bill Gleason continues very weak, making three errors to-day. He is not hitting a bit, either. O'Neill did some grand work in left field and is playing the greatest games of his career, although he is not hitting in his best form, however. Welch had but little to do. Caruthers played a perfect game, taking several difficult flies. Kelley called the balls and strikes to-day and Gaffney attended to the field.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 16, 1887


Cliff Blau said...

Apparently hitting is not a big part of playing baseball, according to the Globe-Democrat.

Jeffrey Kittel said...

I had the exact same thought when I first read the article.