Thursday, December 8, 2011

The 1884 Maroons: The Bostons Were All Wet

The second game between the Bostons and St. Louis Unions was played yesterday afternoon at Union Park, and was witnessed by about 3,000 persons.  It began in a drizzle, and rain fell to a greater or less degree until just before the finish.  At the opening of the seventh inning a heavy shower caused the game to be called for twenty minutes.  Then Umpire Holland, in opposition to the wishes of both captains, ordered the men out again.  Capt. Bond, after protesting that his men were all wet, and as they had but little show of winning under the prevailing conditions, with the score 6 to 2 against them, determined not to exert himself any further, but deliver the ball slowly to each batsman.  The game up to that point had been well contested, but thereafter it was spiritless and farcical.  In the ninth inning Brown made an overthrow to third trying to cut off Taylor.  When Crane made a lightning throw home from left Brown stepped out of the way and let the ball pass, for which the crowd hissed him roundly.  Speaking about the matter latter, Brown said: "Well, I didn't want it, and that's why I let it go by.  I wasn't taking any chances with cannon balls at that stage."  Crane, by the way, is a wonderful thrower.  Manager Murnan thinks he is the swiftest in the profession, and says he dare not let out when throwing from behind the bat to second.  The features of the game were Whitehead's playing at short for the home team and the splendid outfielding of Dickerson, Slattery, Rowe and O'Brien, the latter going from second to right in the sixth inning.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 22, 1884

Not much of a game even before the rain delay.  But at least Dunlap had a nice game.  What Did Dunlap Do?  He went three for five with a double and a couple of run scored.

The Maroons were 19-0.  

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