Friday, January 28, 2011

The 1887 World Series: The Return Of The Ex-Champions

The Browns arrived in the city yesterday morning, accompanied by their victorious rivals, the Detroits. The welcome was in marked contrast to the triumphal entry of the Wolverines into their native city last Monday. The ex-champions asked the trainmaster to bring them in very early, and at 7 o'clock the special train sneaked into the Union Depot. The players looked out of the window, and seeing the coast clear, scattered in all directions, and taking by-ways proceeded to their various domiciles. They were not the same victorious crowd which this time last year was crowing about their victory over Chicago. They returned with their banners trailing in the dust. There were few to meet them and the depot loungers cast a careless glance at them as they slunk away. Such is fame. But although defeated, the Browns are still a great ball team and will yet assert themselves. They are not as strong as they have been, as the powers of some of their old players are on the wane. Mr. Von der Ahe is very sore over his defeat, but takes it philosophically and swears that he will get even in the spring. He will spare no expense to strengthen the weak points of his team, and the Browns will once more be a championship club.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 27, 1887

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