The Murphy and Somerville nines, both of the St. Louis News Company, had a game on their own grounds near Cote Brilliante yesterday afternoon. The Somervilles won by a score of 113 to 8. Carroll and Denning and Johnson and Scherer were the batteries. A feature of the game was the brilliant playing of John Jennings, "Magoogin," at first base. He failed to stop a single ball.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 18, 1884
Okay, I'm guessing he didn't play the entire game at first base. There's no way they would keep him there if he couldn't handle a single ball. But I'm guessing his play had something to do with Somerville scoring 113 runs.