Saturday, October 29, 2011

The 1884 Maroons: Their Vigorous, Hurricane Way

The St. Louis and Altoona Clubs played there second game [in Altoona] to-day before another large audience.  The St. Louis Club were without the services of Dunlap, who was called home to Philadelphia on important business.  Schafer captained the nine and played second base, Brennan going to right field.  The St. Louis Club started in their vigorous, hurricane way, and never let up until they piled up fifteen runs.  The fielding of the Altoonas, in the face of the heavy hitting of the St. Louis Club, was very good.  The conspicuous features of the St. Louis Club's play were the right fielding and batting of Brennan, the short stopping of Whitehead, the catching of Baker and the first base play of Quinn.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 3, 1884

Brennan did indeed have a good game, with three hits and four runs scored.  But nobody could replace Dunlap.  Oh, wait.  The Maroons won 16-3 without their captain and best player?  I guess it didn't really matter.  I'd have to assume that the Maroons would have won the UA even without Dunlap.


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