Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Brown Stockings reached home Sunday, and this afternoon, after a much needed rest of two days, will play the Chicago Clubs at the Grand Avenue Ball Park. A great deal of interest is manifested here and at Chicago over the result of these games this week, as it will have much to do with the final result of the struggles between these two clubs in the race for the championship. They will finish the games to be played here between these organizations, and the numerous admirers of the sport in this city will have no other opportunity of witnessing the organizations which stand the highest in the League play again this season. Chicago, ingloriously beaten last year by the St. Louis Club, this season engaged at an enormous salary the best players in the profession, and have apparently determined on securing the pennant of 1876. The nine is thus far at the top of the heap, but as much of its success is due to smiling fortune as good playing, and the Chicago Club has won several games which properly belonged to their opponents, some lucky circumstance occurring, or a doubtful decision of an umpire rendered just in time to give it victory.As Chicago has been lucky, St. Louis has been unlucky, and several games were lost when the superb playing of the club should have scored them a victory. With a few unfortunate exceptions, the St. Louis Club have throughout the season made as good a showing as Chicago. It is not yet too late for St. Louis to retrieve her lost laurels. There is a possibility of the championship coming to this city if the Browns can get the best of their opponents in the next two weeks' play. The friends of the home club are hopeful, and some even so confident as to believe that such an event will yet happen.The Brown Stockings are now playing for all they are worth, and their most solicitous admirers could not desire a better exhibition than they have been giving lately. There is no reason why they should not keep up the good work for two weeks longer. Their victories over Chicago would doubtless insure them first position, but to defeat the terrible nine from the breezy borders of Lake Michigan will require some hard work upon the part of the Browns, which they are certainly capable of showing, and if Bradley only does what he is able to do in the pitcher's position to-day, the friends of the club need not fear the result.While the people of St. Louis would be happy in the possession of the boss Centennial ball club, Chicago could not survive the shock of a reverse, feeling, as she would, that all her efforts to out-distance this end of the bridge had proved futile. The largest crowd of the season should be on hand this afternoon.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Cincinnati wants Houtz, but he does not wish to serve in a league nine. For which decision Indianapolitans unite in saying "Good boy," not "Good-bye."
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The St. Louis Lead and Oil Company's "Red Seals" defeated the Southern Company's "W.H. Gregg" nine yesterday by a score of 9 to 7.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Had the writer of the subjoined communication been in St. Louis yesterday afternoon, when this office was surrounded by hundreds of citizens, anxious to learn the news from Louisville, he might have formed some idea of the intense interest taken in the national game. If base-ball scores are an eye-sore to him, he can easily skip the sporting column and devote himself to the mass of useful and entertaining information contained in the other pages:To the Editor of the Globe-Democrat:Newman, Ill., August 10, 1876.-As a favor requested by many citizens of this city, I ask as a favor to please discontinue the publication of the "innings and outings" of the different base ball associations in your vicinity. This nation has barely gotten over the dreadful shock of the Beecher and Tilton scandal, and for the sake of common decency and suffering humanity (I mean those suffering from such degrading bores) we ask this favor. And will in conclusion say that we will pay just as much for your paper, and will read it with greater appreciation in the future than in the past, if these publications are discontinued at once. Very truly yours,Frank Wells,In behalf of his many friends.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The game here to-day was another beauty. Although it rained hard all day Friday, Friday night, and also this morning, the grounds were found to be in fit condition to play, although the outfield was rather moist in some places. Louisville was sent to bat, and, after the first two strikers had retired, Hague sent a two-baser to far left, a passed ball advanced him to third, and he reached home on a wild pitch. After the first two strikers for St. Louis had retired, McGeary hit safe past short; Battin bunted one to Hague, and a tremendously high throw, over Gerhardt's head, scored McGeary and put Battin on third; Battin immediately afterward scored on Cuthbert's nice liner to left. The respective scores remained the same up to the seventh inning, when the Browns, by good batting, got in the winning run. Blong struck a safe liner to center; Pearce retired on a splendid running fly catch by Ryan; Bradley and Dehlman both batted safe singles past short, and the bases were full; Mack sent a long foul fly to left, and another magnificent running catch by Ryan disposed of him; Blong remained on his base, and scored after the catch was made. Clapp ended the inning by batting to Fulmer, who threw Dehlman out at second. Ryan, by excellent base running, scored Louisville's remaining run. He led off with a safe liner to left, went to second on Gerhardt's short fly to center. Devlin knocked up a high fly to Pearce, who, to make a double play, did not try to catch it. When he picked it up to throw to third, Ryan was already there, and the only one caught was Gerhardt at second. Devlin ran to second to draw a throw from Clapp, and McGeary, throwing a trifle wide of the home playe, in return gave Ryan his run. In the ninth inning Hastings, the first striker,, got first on an error of McGeary, but Fulmer, hitting to short, led to a double play by Pearce, McGeary and Dehlman. Somerville was thrown out by Battin, and the game belonged to St. Louis.Bradley pitched excellently. McGeary had a great deal of work to do and accomplished it well, some fine running stops going to his credit, and both Pearce and Battin stopped a throw to bases very accurately. Cuthbert and Battin led at the stick, Cuthbert making his second safe hit in the ninth inning. The Browns' errors numbered but four-McGeary's wild throw home and fumble of a grounder, Bradley's wild pitch and Clapp's passed ball. The playing of both nines in every particular was remarkably even, the Browns winning on their merits.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Between 800 and 1,000 people witnessed the game to-day. It was hard fought and beautifully contested throughout, Louisville winning by superior batting and fielding. Men were on bases in every inning except two, and as the score was close, it gave the game additional interest. Louisville went first to the bat, and scored singles in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth innings. In the second, Hastings took first on three balls. Fulmer and Somerville put in hot grounders past first, which scored Hastings. With Somerville on first and Fulmer on third,, Clapp and McGeary accomplished a beautiful double-play. Somerville ran down to draw a throw from Clapp, and it was drawn very prettily, Clapp throwing to McGeary and catching Somerville, and McGeary returning in time to catch Fulmer at the home plate.In the third inning Somerville hit safe, and got second on a force hit by Collins. Ryan went out on a long fly to Pike. Somerville ran to third. Pike threw straight into Battin's hands, who muffed, and another run was scored.Safe singles in the sixth inning by Hague, Snyder, Fulmer and Somerville earned another run, fine playing by St. Louis disposing of the side, and leaving men on first and third bases.Ryan's single and Gerhardt's three-baser earned the last run scored in the eighth. Battin's long hit between center and left in the fourth gave him two bases. Cuthbert sent on a fly to Devlin. Blong made a two-baser to right center and sent Battin home. An error by Gerhardt allowed Blong to score, and, St. Louis doing no batting the rest of the game, the score remained at two. Bradley, the first striker in the eighth inning, led off with a beautiful three baser, but the succeeding strikers were not equal to the emergency. Dehlman foul tipped to Snyder. Pike hit hard to third, of which Hague made an excellent stop, and threw Bradley out at home. Clapp closed the inning by making a weak hit to Devlin, and as the strikers in the ninth inning went out in batting order, the game closed in favor of Louisville. The umpiring, by Wm. Walker, of Cincinnati, was excellent. The best playing for the Browns was done by Pike, Clapp, McGeary and Battin. In the sixth inning Pike fielded a ball splendidly home from far center, and retired Snyder. Louisville won the game essentially on batting, the Browns playing an excellent fielding game.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The base ball bird paid Louisville another visit to-day, and again left its mark on the home nine. St. Louis scored two in the first inning. Pike went to first on a clean hit, and stole second on Snyder's bad throw. Clapp was given a base on balls. McGeary went out to Somerville, and Battin should have done likewise, but was given a life on a missed fly by Somerville, Pike scoring and Clapp taking second. Battin was thrown out by Snyder, and Clapp scored on safe singles of Blong and Cuthbert. In the third inning, after two outs, Cuthbert hit to left for three bases, and came home on a clean hit by Blong. No more runs were made. Louisville did not reach first till the eighth inning, when Snyder was given that base by Clapp's failure to catch the third strike. Errors by McGeary and Dehlman gave Snyder third and Hastings first, ,where they were left. In the ninth inning, Gerhardt got in the first base hit for Louisville.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 9, 1876
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Strange as it may seem, a close examination of the League rules will disclose the fact that there is no provision or penalty in them for a set of players who try to play a purposely bad batting or fielding game of ball.-[Courier-Journal.]Nor for enticing players away from non-League clubs.
Posted by Jeffrey Kittel at 8:00 AM
Friday, February 19, 2010
...Henry Gratiot says as a boy [he] played ball against Motard's mill with other boys, was a sort of resort for them...
Towards the end of the Spanish colonial era in Louisiana, Nicolas de Finiels observed from the west side of the Mississippi that there was a functioning windmill on the Missouri River at St. Charles, which was "the only one that has succeeded in the Illinois Country, and it had several false starts before it began to function. There was an attempt to build one of wood in St. Louis on the slope of the plateau where the fort is located, but in this case ingenuity tried to liberate itself by blazing a trail beyond its capacities." This unsuccessful windmill was undoubtedly that built by Joseph Motard, which Henry Gratiot fondly remembered in 1825, claiming that he had "a perfect knowledge of the situation of Motard's windmill, for when a Boy he has frequently played Ball against this same Mill."
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Memphis Blues have disbanded, and Dan Collins, the jumper, is at home in New Orleans.
The proceeds of the benefit game for the Old Memphis Blues only got one man off, Dan Collins (it is alleged) pocketing the proceeds and leaving town without bidding the others good-by.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The following letter from President Haldeman of the Louisville Club, explains itself. That club was notified of Collins' standing before he reached Louisville, and there can be no excuse for having played him. Now that all the circumstances connected with the case are understood, it is not likely that Collins will be permanently engaged. No disagreement existed between him and the Red Stocking management until he broke his contract and jumped. the subjoined letter will repay perusal:Louisville, Auguast 8, 1876.-Thos. McNeary, Esq., Manager St. Louis Reds: Dear Sir-Your telegram of the 5th was duly received, and placed in the hands of our Manager, Mr. J.C. Chapman. Mr. Collins, as I am advised, has no engagement with the Louisville B.B.C. He was employed by one of our directors to play while two of our men, who were sick and disabled, were unable to perform duty, and he has played in two games this week. He was so employed before anything had been heard from you, and when we were not aware his leaving was counter to your wishes. Of course we have nothing to do with any difficulty between you and Mr. Collins; but we have no desire to interfere with any of your arrangements, and had we been aware of your disinclination for him to leave your club we would not have thought of giving him even temporary employment. Very respectfully yours, etc.,W.N. HaldemanPresident Louisville B.B.C.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It will be seen by the subjoined special telegram that Louisville, after nine successive attempts, has at last succeeded in winning a game of ball from Chicago, but the splendor of the victory has been disgracefully dimmed by the manner in which it was accomplished. The Louisvilles played Collins in spite of the protest entered by Manager McNeary, of the St. Louis Red Stockings, furnished the President of the Kentucky Club by telegraph, in order that he might be fully aware of the fact that Collins had not been released before engaging him. The release was refused for the reason that the Reds have entered for two tournaments to be played in Michigan, this week, and as they were to have such strong opponents as the Buckeyes to contend against, it was necessary that their full team should be placed on the field. The secession of Collins, who had played with the nine all season, of course weakens it and diminishes the chances of the club winning first money in the tournaments, so that all can see the injustice done the management by the action of the Louisville Club. This is, however, merely a side issue. The League was organized with the avowed purpose of instituting much needed reforms, and especially to cover cases as this. That the Reds belong to another association cuts no figure in the matter whatever, and it remains to be seen whether the Louisvilles will be sustained in their dirty action by other League clubs. The Reds have fulfilled their contracts with the players to the letter, and the boys have been kept together at a loss to the management, who knew they had a nine which, if it remained intact, would next year be able to take a prominent position in the championship arena. The "revolving" of Collins, while it may cripple the organization for a few days, will have no other effect, a much stronger man in every respect having been engaged to take his place, and he will be with them shortly. No one having the interests of the National game at heart will, however, fail to severely condemn the Louisville club for its action in the premises.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Dan Collins, center fielder of the St. Louis Red Stockings, left for Louisville last night, treating the management in a shameful manner. On Thursday he was paid his salary to the 1st of the month, and yesterday he vanished, saying never a word. He had asked for a release, in order that he might join the Louisvilles, but was informed by Mr. McNeary that he could not be spared. The club has fulfilled the terms of its contracts with all its players, to the letter, and been especially kind to Collins in retaining him when he was playing a game at third that would put an amateur to blush. The following telegram was sent to the President of the Louisville club last night, and it remains to be seen whether that gentleman and the League will disgrace themselves by hiring Collins under the circumstances:St. Louis, August 4.-W.N. Haldeman, President Louisville B.B.C.; Louisville, Ky.: Collins has left for Louisville without any release from us, and we protest against his engagement by your club. We do not owe him a cent; have fulfilled our part of the contract to the letter, and his engagement will reflect great discredit on the National game.Thomas McNeary,Manager St. Louis Reds.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The downy flutter of St. Louis' festive goose was heard in Cincinnati this afternoon. It is the first time a professional Cincinnati club has ever been Chicagoed at home, and Mr. Bradley can stick another feather in his cap from the tail of his goose. Not more than 200 people were present. This falling off from Tuesday's game promises now, on account of bad management, to become greater yet. The home club only made two safe hits, one by Clack in the third inning, and one by Dean in the ninth, Sweasy and Booth got bases on called balls, and Clack, Snyder and Booth on errors of Battin, Pearce and Blong. Neither, however, got further than third base.Dean commenced pitching by turning his back to the home plate, and facing right about to deliver the ball, as in Chicago. The Browns rather liked it. Pike led off for a base to center. Clapp, McGeary and Battin followed with scientific hits to right, on which Pike came in-an earned run-and left the bases full. Then Cuthbert's hard hit was beautifully stopped by Foley, who stepped on his base, threw home, and forced out Clapp and McGeary in a double play. Blong's base hit to center brought Battin home on the second earned run. Pearce out on a fine catch of a low fly by Pearson.In the second inning the Browns made three more runs on base hits by Bradley, Pike, Battin and Cuthbert, assisted by errors of Booth, Dean and Kessler, and Battin was caught at home trying to run in from second on Cuthbert's safe hit. They scored one in the sixth by base hits of Pearce, Clapp and Pike, and errors of Foley and Snyder. In the next inning they made six more by base hits of Battin, Pearce and Bradley, and two errors by Snyder and one by Sweasy.After the visitors had knocked nine safe hits out of Dean's back-sided delivery, he faced about, and through the rest of the game threw square from the shoulder. The Browns said they only tolerated it because they have such a soft thing. Unless the Reds get a pitcher they will go to pieces. The crowd to-day hooted Dean and filled the air with quacking in the ninth inning. The features of the Browns' playing were Bradley's pitching and Clapp's catching, McGeary's second base play and Dehlman at first. Bradley and Clapp never worked harder and better together. Of the Reds, Foley and Sweasy carried off the honors. In spite of his two errors, which were excusable, Foley played magnificently.
Speaking of Luis Tiant, by the late 1870s, a few pitchers were experimenting with deliveries in which they turned their backs to the batter. In an 1876 game, Cincinnati pitcher Dory Dean "brought out a new delivery, which consisted in facing second base with the ball in hand, and then turning quickly, letting it come in the general direction of the stand, without any idea where it really was going to land" (Chicago Tribune, July 28, 1876). The Chicago Tribune characterized this as a "foolish boy's trick," and the White Stockings might have questioned its legality if they hadn't been too busy running around the bases in a 17-3 win.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Bradley made his boast before the game commenced yesterday that he was going to "lay himself out" for Jones, and he did it. Charley pasted him so badly in St. Louis that Brad wanted to get even. Things are about square, we guess.
Friday, February 12, 2010
The St. Louis Browns came over here to-day, and sat down on the Cincinnatis to the tune of 19 to 3. They weren't feeling well, either. Fully 1,000 people were out to see the game, and the day was delightfully cool. In the first inning, the Reds went to the bat, Jones led off by striking out. Booth flew out to Pike, and Gould hit to McGeary. For the Browns, after Pike had struck twice, he made a fine three-base hit to center, while the crowd cheered lustily for their next year's center-fielder. He scored on Clapp's hi to clack, who threw home too late.In the second inning, after Pearson was out, Dean reached first by Battin's fumble. Sweasy retired on a foul tip, and Foley brought Dean home by a terrific hit to left for three bases. Clack brought Foley home by a base hit to right. The Reds scored another run in the last inning. After two were out, Sweasy made a base hit to right, and went to second on a wild pitch. Foley batted him home by a hot ball which hit McGeary's leg and went past Blong in right field. The Browns got in two runs in the second inning by errors of Clack and Jones, and base hits by Dehlman and Clapp.In the fourth inning they made six more runs by errors of Sweasy and a wild pitch of Dean, and base hits of Bradley, Dehlman, Clapp and McGeary, four of the runs being earned. In the seventh inning, before the second man was out, the Browns earned eight runs on successive base hits by Cuthbert, Blong, Bradley, Dehlman, Pike, Clapp, McGeary, Battin and Cuthbert, the last being a two-baser. At this point Dean was sent to short, and Clack brought in to pitch. Bob never pitched before in his life, but in the remainder of the game the Browns only made two base hits off of him, the ninth run in the seventh inning being made by Cuthbert, who was on second when Dean was removed.The fine playing of the Reds was done by Foley, Snyder, Booth, and Pearson. Pearson, by magnificent throwing from right field, caused two double plays and caught Pearce once before he reached first. Snyder's one-hand catch of Pike's long fly, and a fine running catch of another of Pike's long flies, was never equalled on the home grounds. All the Browns played beautifully, Clapp, Pike and Dehlman taking the honors. Bradley was very effective. Dean proven a failure. "Cherokee" Fisher umpired the game satisfactorily, as he does everything he undertakes, and met with quite an ovation. The loudest calls for him went up from the crowd when Dean was removed, but he goes to Jackson, Mich., to play with the Michigans.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
It is now stated, on the very best authority, that George Hall, the hardest hitter in the fraternity, will be one of the St. Louis out-fielders next season.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
To the Editor of the Globe-Democrat:St. Louis, July 29, 1876.-It is a good rule to let well enough alone, and the Brown Stocking management would have done well to recollect it when they laid off Pearce, who had been playing a beautiful game, and replaced Mack at short. The result might have been the same in the first two Louisville games, but the chances are that it would not. We all see, too, the result of engaging players for the ensuing year in the height of the playing season. Dissatisfaction, recrimination and envy take the place of unity, good nature, and the determination of each player to do his level best. They all laughed at Chadwick when he urged club managers to stop the pernicious practice a year ago. It will be adopted by the League next year for their very preservation.Umpire
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Brown Stockings turned the tables on their base ball rivals from Louisville at Grand Avenue Park yesterday afternoon in a very decided manner, beating them by the one-sided score of seven to nothing. Snyder's hand gave out in the second inning, and as this magnificent catcher was forced to exchange places with Hastings, it seemed to take all the vim out of his comrades, who not only played a very loose game in the field, but could do nothing with the stick, Fulmer being the only man credited with a base hit, and that a very lucky and questionable one. The Browns, on the other hand, each batted freely, Clapp and Mack each leading with two beauties. Especially did they wield the willow with effect in the eighth inning, when after three chances for outs had been declared by their opponents, Clapp, McGeary, Battin and Mack followed each other in rapid succession with stinging and safe hits. Not a single run was earned during the game, however. The Browns' play in the field was also very fine, the only errors charged being a dropped foul fly by Mack, a dropped foul bound by Clapp, a muffed throw by Dehlman and a base given on called balls by Bradley. For Louisville, Gerhardt, Hague and Chapman did some beautiful work in the field, the former especially distinguishing himself in the first inning by catching Pike and Clapp at third on the right field bounders sent him by the latter and McGeary-a play never before attempted on a St. Louis ball field. Cuthbert being ill, and Allison, who was lame, did not participate in the game...
Monday, February 8, 2010
Mr. Swancutt, manager of the Belleville Browns, requests the statement made that his team will play any organized amateur club for the fun there is in the game, but not for money, as the former manager of the club desires.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
By magnificent fielding, a tolerable exhibit at the bat, and fine base running, Chapman's crew again scored an important victory over the Brown Stockings at the Grand Avenue Park, in the presence of about eight hundred spectators, many of whom were ladies. The game was poorly umpired by Mr. Quinn, of Chicago, whose decisions were frequently erroneous. The Kentuckians took the lead in the second inning by scoring two unearned runs, on errors by Bradley, Mack and Battin, and Hague's long drive for two bases. In the fourth, Pike, by a fine base hit and a three-base drive by Bradley, earned the only run of the game. The score was tied in the sixth inning, Pike again earning his base, and coming home on a base hit by Battin and a sacrifice hit by Blong. This was all St. Louis could do in the way of run getting, while Louisville scored singles in the seventh and eighth innings by errors by McGeary and Cuthbert, and the good batting of Fulmer, Snyder and Devlin. During the game Cuthbert and Ryan made magnificent catches. The main features of the contest, however, was Snyder's brilliant work behind the bat, and his superb throwing to bases, every man who attempted to steal being easily caught. Somerville's second base play was also a splendid exhibition. The four errors charged to Louisville consisted of a misjudged foul fly by Snyder, grounders juggled by Fulmer and Somerville, and a dropped foul fly by Hague. Fine fielding won the game, the visitors being outbatted.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 28, 1876
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Indianapolis management is endeavoring to engage McSorley and Houtz, of the Covington Stars.
The Cincinnati Gazette of Thursday says: The Stars have gone to pot. The club was formally disbanded last night. No games are expected for the balance of this season, and it has hardly been a paying institution this year. We believe the club stands "square" with its nine. The epitaph on this club might be, "Died of the League." The rule forbidding the playing of any League club with them starved them out. Houtz, Flint, McSorley and Golden will leave to-night for Indianapolis.
Friday, February 5, 2010
At the Stocks' Park yesterday afternoon, the Black Stockings defeated the Independents-both strong colored clubs-by a score of 18 to 14. Al Pierce did not strive with the brilliancy of a Wright at short.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Probably twelve hundred spectators witnessed the game at Grand Avenue Park yesterday afternoon, between the Louisville and St. Louis clubs, in which the latter was beaten by a score of 7 to 4. The visiting players both outbatted and outfielded their opponents, but won the game, nevertheless, more by good luck than good guidance. In the first inning an error by Somerville, and a two-base drive by Pike, gave St. Louis a run, which was offset in the fourth by Ryan's base hit, a wild pitch and beautiful running. Ryan taught the home players a lesson in base stealing, by getting to second on Gerhardt's fly to Pike, after the ball had settled in that player's hands. The fifth inning was a fatal one to St. Louis. Battin opened with a low throw, and followed this up by missing an easy fly, by which he hoped to accomplish a double play. Mack then juggled a ball from Somerville's bat, and as Ryan, Gerhardt and Devlin followed with model hits six men tallied, and the game was virtually at an end as far as winning was concerned, although the Browns made a good rally in the next inning, Mack, Cuthbert and Clapp tallying on a fine hit by the former, errors by Devlin and Gerhardt, and elegant drives by Battin and McGeary. Clapp's catching was one of the main features of the game, he retiring nine players and assisting three times without an error.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 26, 1876
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I'm going to pass along this article I found about the role that civic pride played in the development of professional baseball in St. Louis in the postbellum era. I thought it was interesting and figured that you might like to take a look at it. Rather than post excerpts from the article, I encourage you to read the whole thing (and, just so you know, it's a pdf file rather than a web page). It was written by Gregg Lee Carter and appeared in the Missouri Historical Bulletin in July of 1975.
Continually striving to maintain her mythic self-image, post-bellum St. Louis began to manipulate every possible symbol that could both denigrate Chicago and dub her "The Future Great City of the World." Ludicrous as it may seem, baseball became one of these symbols. When St. Louis defeated Chicago on the diamond, her pride swelled. Her victory was just another testimony "to the supremacy of the Western city with the greatest population, the most flourishing trade, and the biggest bridge..."
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
To each purchaser of a ticket to the Grand Avenue Park when a League game is to be played, the St. Louis Base Ball Association furnishes a coupon on which is printed the following:"If rain prevents the playing of five innings this coupon will be redeemed on presentation at ticket office."This is a move which can not be too highly commended, and is one which will bear following by all organizations throughout the country. It will, without doubt, pay in the long run. On this subject, the Chicago Tribune justly says: "The St. Louis Brown Stocking management have determined that, when a game at Grand Avenue Park hereafter shall be interrupted by rain before the end of the fifth inning, they will refund the admission money to the spectators. This is an honest policy, and the managers make themselves deserving of a warm support from St. Louis people."
Monday, February 1, 2010
There was no improvement in the attendance at Grand Avenue Park yesterday afternoon to witness the St. Louis and Cincinnati clubs play the seventh game of their series. It was a toss up whether Clack of Cincinnati, or Mack of St. Louis, would umpire, and as Gould won his associate filled the position. The Reds won the toss and sent their opponents to the bat shortly before 4 o'clock. Dean commenced by pitching wildly, and Cuthber was sent to first on three balls. Errors by Booth and Sweazy allowed him to tally. Singles by Clapp and McGeary, and a two-base drive to left center by Battin brought in two earned runs, and Battin also tallied on errors by Pearson and Booth. The outs were Pike, Bradley and Dehlman, the latter on a splendid stop and throw by Foley. For Cincinnati, Jones and Booth led off with base hits, but the former foolishly allowed himself to be caught at second on Booth's hit over McGeary, and Gould and Kessler were easily disposed of. In the second inning Pearce, Cuthbert and Clapp wereRetired In Succession,Snyder making a good running catch of Clapp's foul bound. Pearson opened for Cincinnati with a beauty to right for two bases, and got to third on a passed ball, where he was left, Dean being thrown out at first, and Sweasy sending a red-hot liner direct to Dehlman, by which he and Pearson were doubled up. In the third Pike made a base hit, but McGeary, Battin and Blong were easy victims to Foley, Jones and Dean. Dean, Sweasy and Foley all died at first, McGeary making a fine one-handed stop of Foley's corker. In the fourth inning, Bradley and Cuthbert flew out to Kessler, and Snyder disposed of Dehlman on a foul bound. For Cincinnati, Jones got in a base hit, and Pearce missed a double play on Booth's bounder, but both were left, Snyder having been thrown out by Pearce, Gould striking out, and Battin capturing Kessler's foul bound. In the fifth inning Gould muffed Sweasy's beautiful throw, and Clapp was safe. McGeary got in a base hit, Battin's foul tip was splendidly held by Booth, after Pike had retired by hitting direct to Gould. Two men were left as anotherSharp Foul Tipfrom Blong's bat was brilliantly held by Booth. Sweazy, after a fine base hit, was left, Foley, Pearson and Dean going out on weak hits. Bradley earned first in the sixth inning, but Dehlman hit to Sweazy, who doubled them both up in style, and Foley captured Cuthbert's foul fly, after Pearce had earned first by a fair foul. For Cincinnati, Snyder flew out to Blong, Jones got in his third hit on a long one to left, and as the ball was lost in the grass he came all the way home. Booth also made a base hit, but was left, Pearce throwing Gould out at first, and Kessler furnishing McGeary with a fly. In the seventh inning, Clapp, McGeary and Pike went out on throws by Foley and Dean, and a fly catch by Jones. For Cincinnati, Pearson flew out to McGeary, Dean was splendidly thrown out by Battin, and Sweazy by McGeary. The eighth inning was marked by the most brilliant play of the game. Foley's wild throw, after a splendid left-handed stop, gave Battin third. Blong retired on a foul tip. Bradley drove a difficult liner to right, which Pearson held, and by an accurate throwNipped Battinat the home-plate. Foley, Snyder and Jones were disposed of in one, two, three order. In the ninth inning, Blong earned second and Bradley first. Dehlman hit to Dean, who threw too late to third, and all were safe. Pearce flew out to Gould. Cuthbert flew out to Jones, who might have ended the inning, but he threw wild to second, and Blong tallied. Dean threw Clapp out at first. The Reds failed to increase their score, Pearce throwing Booth and Gould out at first, and Battin doing the same thing for Kessler.