Friday, December 9, 2011

The 1884 Maroons: A Remarkable Performance

The Boston Unions presented Burke and Crane as battery yesterday, and the local Union team scored twenty hits, earned ten runs, and won by a score of 16 to 4.  It was another exhibition of the terrific batting the home nine is capable of doing, and would have beaten any club in the country.  Toward the close Burke became disheartened, and the whole visiting nine were visibly discouraged.  Nevertheless, they played steadily and well throughout.  Their error column shows a total of eight, made up of four wild pitches by Burke, two wild throws by Crane, a fumble by Hackett, and a case of slow handling by Irwin.  From a total of seven hits, including two doublets by O'Brien and one each by Burke and Hackett, they earned only one run, the five errors made by the home nine enabling them to secure three more.  The features of their work were the brilliant playing of Brown at first and of Butler at second.  Until the present series Butler has been a reserved man.  It is safe, however, to predict that he will be a regular hereafter.  He is a fine fielder and thrower, covers an immense amount of ground, is a sure catch and a cool, calculating, hard-hitting batsman.  In short, he appears to be the best man on the nine, which is composed of good material, notwithstanding that they have not succeeded in defeating the St. Louis nine.  Taylor and Baker were the home club's battery.  Taylor was effective, but not as steady as usual, and gave three men bases on balls, besides having one wild pitch charged to him.  Baker made a wide throw to second, but otherwise his support was perfect. 
Dunlap's Remarkable Performance. 
Dunlap made a wonderful record at the bat and in the field.  Out of six times at the plate he made five hits, a triplet, three doubles and a single, and by superb base-running scored five runs.  His fielding score was eight putouts, six assists and no errors.  Quinn played first in grand style.  Whitehead made seven assists, some of his stops and throws being very brilliant, but marred his record by a muff, and two wild throws.  A remarkable feature of the game was the few chances offered to the outfielders.  Dickerson, Rowe and Shafer each captured a solitary fly...Twenty-three of the visitors were put out between the plate, first and second...
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 23, 1884


And I think that the Globe covered the whole What Did Dunlap Do? thing.  This was easily his best game of the season, all aspects of the game considered.  He tied his season high for hits in a game and did so with power.    

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