Friday, November 11, 2011

The 1884 Maroons: The Terrific Batting Of The Home Club

The second game between the St. Louis Unions and the Nationals, of Washington,attracted a small attendance.  As in the opening game, the terrific batting of the home club overwhelmed the visitors, who were defeated by a score of 12 to 4.  Wise and Phil Baker were the Nationals' opening battery.  In the seventh inning Voss took Wise's place, but the change had little effect.  A total of 16 base hits shows the manner in which they were pounded.  The feature of the game was a home run by Taylor, who raised the ball ten feet over the screen.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 10, 1884

After this win, the Maroons were 11-0, hadn't scored less than seven runs in a game and hadn't won a game by less than five runs.  As I wrote before, the UA clubs weren't putting up much of a fight against them.

An interesting point about the attendance.  The Globe notes that they drew a small crowd and the Browns played a game the same day, drawing a reported 5,000 people.  I'm wondering how quickly the folks in St. Louis caught on to the lack of competitive balance in the UA and if that would effect the attendance.  It's something to keep an eye on.

And we had another home run over the fence in left field, again supporting the idea that Union Park was a bit of a bandbox.

But, more importantly, What Did Dunlap Do?  Just his normal two for five with a double.  While he didn't score any runs, he did turn two double plays.

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