Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Worst First Baseman Ever

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.

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