Friday, March 4, 2011

As It Has For Many Afternoons Past

The usual daily interview, whispered and long drawn out, between Joe Pritchard, the St. Louis representative of the Brooklyn club, and Bob Caruthers, took place yesterday afternoon, as it has for many afternoons past, at the Laclede Hotel. The star pitcher was a little late in showing up, and Pritchard paced up and down the rotunda for a couple of hours waiting for him. When Bobby finally arrived the enterprising agent rushed him over to a secluded place and repeated his oft-told story about Byrne's generosity and the beauties of the City of Churches. Caruthers was not a very willing listener apparently, for he made several attempts to get away during Pritchard's recital of facts and fancies which to Bob have a very chestnuty oder. The great pitcher's intentions were not changed by the Brooklyn representative's eloquent appeals, and he emphatically refused to consider any of his propositions. To a reporter of the Globe-Democrat, Caruthers said that he would not go to Brooklyn under any circumstances. He wanted to play next season in Cincinnati, and was satisfied with the offer made him from that city. He said that if he couldn't play there he would remain in St. Louis rather than join the Brooklyns. He denounced Von der Ahe's methods in trying to dictate what club he should play with, and what salary he should receive in bitter and emphatic terms. The deal, therefore, is about as far from being consummated as it was a week ago. Mr. Von der Ahe says Caruthers goes to Brooklyn and the pitcher says not.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, November 28, 1887

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