Saturday, December 31, 2011
Base Ball Match--The following is the result of a match game of base ball played yesterday, on Gamble's Addition, by the Empire and Union Base Ball Clubs of this city: [Unions 15, Empires 14.]
Base Ball Match--The following is the result of a match game of base ball played yesterday, on Gamble's Addition, by the Empire and Union Base Ball Clubs of this city: [Unions 15, Empires 14.]
Married vs. Single.--This match which took place at Gamble Lawn, on the morning of the 4th, resulted in a decided victory for the married men. The players were selected from all the senior organizations of the city, which fact imparted an unusual interest in the result of the game, as was shown by the large number of spectators present. The play on both sides was highly commendable-in the field, as well as at the bat-and resulted in a score of 55 for the married and 32 for the single men...-Missouri Republican, July 7, 1861
The Match Game of Base Ball Interrupted--The match game of base ball, on Gamble avenue, yesterday, was brought to a somewhat abrupt termination. While the game was in progress a German Home Guard came upon the field and persisted in remaining in the way of the players. After having been asked two or three times to retire behind the line he was then taken by the arm by the person appointed to keep the field clear, when he (the Home Guard) attempted to strike him. The blow was returned, the German going down. He then went away, and in about half an hour afterwards a detachment of Home Guards came and surrounded the whole field, creating quite a panic among a number of ladies and gentlemen who were assembled to witness the game. The order was given to take all the players to Turners' Hall as prisoners, but Mr. Griswold (formerly a captain in the Home Guards) and a few others persuaded the acting captain of the Home Guards to withdraw his men from the field. The Guards were withdrawn.-Missouri Republican, August 23, 1861
|Lafayette Park in 1859 or 1860|
Mr. Chester presented the petition of the "Cyclone Base Ball Club," praying the Council to grant them the privilege of using for their playground the vacant space formerly reserved for the military at Lafayette Park, and also the right of leveling and smoothing the same for that purpose...
[Mr. Wells] presented petition of C.L. Kretschmar, W. Delafield, et. al., members of the Commercial Base Ball Club, asking permission to use the grounds in Lafayette Park, as petitioned for by the Cyclone Club.-Missouri Republican, March 5, 1861
Mr. Nelson from Special Committee, to whom was referred the petitions of certain Base Ball Clubs, asking permission to use Lafayette Park grounds for the purpose of playing, reported that the Cyclone have choice of ground and are permitted the first use of the ground, provided they make the improvements necessary for the game at their own expense. The other club can have the second choice of ground. Report accepted.-Missouri Republican, March 9, 1861
Base Ball.--The Commercial and Cyclone Base Ball Clubs have, at a considerable expense, fitted up their play ground in Lafayette Park, and will commence playing the coming week. The Commercials practice Mondays and Thursdays; the Cyclone Tuesdays and Fridays of each week, at 4 o'clock. The first day of their season of the new ground (Monday) both clubs will be out and play a friendly game, to commence at half past three o'clock.-Missouri Republican, April 28, 1861
The St. Louis Base Ball team lost its second game this season, out of twenty-four played, to the Chicago Unions today, after an exciting contest of ten innings. Taylor and Baker formed the battery for the visitors, and Daily and Krieg did the fine work for Chicago. During the first five innings the home nine failed to get a base, while their opponents scored four runs. They then tied the game by two runs in the sixth on a base on balls, a hit and two wild throws, and two more in the seventh on Krieg's hit and three errors. Daily made the winning run and ended the game in the tenth inning by a base on balls, Ellick's clean hit and a wild pitch. The St. Louis nine made their runs in the second and sixth innings, by hard hitting, coupled with costly errors by the Chicago infield. They had men on bases in every inning but one, and their field play was perfect until near the close of the contest, when wild throws lost them the game.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 2, 1884
The Owls complain that they were shamefully treated in East St. Louis yesterday, when they crossed the river to play the National Reserves. Complaints of this character are very frequent from clubs visiting East St. Louis, and unless managers of the local nines do not correct abuses complained of, it will be advisable for all outside clubs to ignore challenges from that quarter.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 2, 1884
Posted by Jeffrey Kittel at 8:00 AM
The colored ball tossers, the Black Stockings and the Athletics, played a game yesterday morning at Compton Avenue Park, the Black Stockings winning by a score of 20 to 2.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 2, 1884
The Pana Meteors, champions of Illinois, play the Prickly Ash, champions of Missouri, to-day at Amateur Park.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 1, 1884
The Unions have released Perry Werden and laid off Tom Sullivan for two weeks. Sullivan's legs are in bad condition.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 1, 1884
The St. Louis Unions whitewashed the Keystones yesterday, in the presence of about 1,500 spectators. Hodnett's pitching was so effective that the visitors made but three safe hits, and his support was perfect in every respect, excepting an excusable muff by Dickerson after a long run. Bakely was batted by the home team for eleven hits, including two-baggers by Gleason and Shafer. Out of a total of seven errors charged to the Keystones Luff was guilty of three.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 1, 1884
About 2,000 persons attended the base ball game between the Keystones, of Philadelphia and the St. Louis Unions at Union Park yesterday afternoon. The visitors put in Weaver to pitch in response to a generally expressed desire to see him in the points. He was, however, in no condition, being suffering from a lame arm, and was unable to do much more than toss the ball to the batsman. On one occasion he stopped a hit with his left hand, and there was a chance for a double play, but he was unable to throw, and in an effort to pitch the ball to Peak sent it low out to center. He held the points until the eighth inning, when he retired to left, Hoover went to third and McCormick undertook to do the twirling. The features of the game was a home-run by Gleason, double-plays by Rowe and Quinn of the home team, and Hoover and McGuinness, of the visitors. The home nine scored 20 hits with a total of 35 bases. A total of 6 singles represented the visitors work at the bat.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 31, 1884
Between 1,500 and 2,000 people witnessed the second game between the Keystone Club, of Philadelphia, and the St. Louis Unions, played yesterday afternoon at Union Park. As in the first meeting between the same nines the local team won. The visitors were outbatted and outfielded, but by bunching hits earned most of their runs. William Sullivan, a new discovery, occupied the pitcher's box for the home team for six innings. He showed that he was a promising twirler, but hardly a safe one to put against experienced players. In the third inning Dickerson opportunely became sick and Taylor was uniformed and sent out to left field. Then in hte seventh inning Taylor's opportune presence was utilized by his going to the box, Sullivan retiring to right and Shafer moving to left. Dickerson said his trouple was neuralgia. Some unsympathetic people intimated that his affliction was superinduced by the hard hitting the Keystones were doing on Sullivan's delivery. The visitors presented Bakely and Gillen. Weaver had been announced to pitch, but was indisposed. Bakely was hit for 17 singles and a total of 22 bases, and Gillen, whose support was brilliant in many respects, allowed three balls to pass him. Brennan had one passed ball charged against him, but handled the widely differing deliveries of Sullivan and Taylor with equal ease and reliability.
The feature of the game was a catch by Dunlap that deservedly elicited general and prolonged applause. In the second inning, when Dunlap was playing about ten yards from second, Cross hit a high-line ball almost directly over second, the hit appearing to be safe beyond doubt. To the astonishment of the entire assemblage, Dunlap ran back, sprang into the air, and with a right hand reach performed the seemingly impossible feat of capturing ball. The performance has never been surpassed on a St. Louis ball ground.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 30, 1884
A very amusing joke was played on the Altoona catcher by Dunlap. In a recent game of St. Louis vs. Altoona, there was a foul ball knocked close to the catcher, but near a bench. The Altoona catcher was just about putting his hand on it, when Dunlap hollowed, "Move that bench, quick!" The catcher looked to see the bench and missed the ball.-Cleveland Herald, May 29, 1884
Mapledoram is in earnest about his umpiring, and will not allow his decisions to be questioned. Yesterday he fined Dunlap $10 for what he considered improper conduct. At Cincinnati he fined Bradley $0, and when appealed to reduce the penalty to $25, he peremptorily refused.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 28, 1884
The Keystone Club, of Philadelphia, made their first appearance in St. Louis yesterday, at the Union Grounds, where they met the St. Louis Unions, and were defeated by a score of 8 to 4. About 2,500 spectators witnessed the game, which was a peculiar illustration of the chances of base ball, inasmuch as the visitors outbatted and outfielded the home team and still failed of success. They made only three errors, but all were costly, and, together with a fortunate bunching of hits and admirable base running by the home team, brought about the singular result. The home team obtained a commanding lead in the first two innings, which rendered the victory almost a foregone conclusion and dwarfed interest in the contest. Bakely and Gillen were the visitors' battery, while Taylor and Baker were presented for St. Louis. Dunlap, Shaffer and Dickerson, who bat in the order named, made seven of the nine hits scored by the home team, and each of the three made a two-bagger. This largely accounts for the somewhat paradoxical result. Bakely displayed considerable speed, and was well supported by Gillen. Taylor did not pitch with his usual vigor or effectiveness, and was hammered for eleven hits, including two-baggers by Bakely and one by Clements. Baker's work behind the bat was not so neat as usual, still he did not let a ball go by him. His two errors consist of a low throw to second and a high one to third. Quinn got one of Whitehead's swiftest throws on his right thumb, and as a result has a bad hand.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 28, 1884
I recently posted a few excerpts from Anthony Lampe's The Background of Professional Baseball in St. Louis, which appeared in the October 1950 issue of the Missouri Historical Society's Bulletin. One of the more interesting things Lampe wrote about was the early origin of professionalism in St. Louis, which contradicted the conventional wisdom regarding when St. Louis baseball players first started playing for pay but agreed with some of the conclusions that I've made after looking at the evidence. However, I only shared a bit of what Lampe wrote and, since he had more to say on the subject, I'd like to share some more of his fantastic article:
A few conclusions may be drawn from the 1868 season. Because of the great interest in the game, St. Louis was obviously destined to enter professional baseball at an early date; early in the season the Unions had actually been professionals, as their sole occupation was playing baseball. Secondly, Chicago emerged as the natural rival of St. Louis as the key city of the midwest, which would soon challenge them on the diamond, as Eastern clubs had already done. Thirdly, St. Louis teams lacked only a stronger managerial system to get the players in shape and keep them that way. The desire for a strong team to represent the city was present, but for some years no organizing genius appeared to take over, partly because of the incompatibility of baseball and gambling. As baseball grew, betting increased, and gamblers soon had control of the game.
The schedule for the Keystones game this week has been changed. Instead of playing two games on Friday, they will play but one, the second one on the schedule having been changed to Saturday.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 28, 1884
As Charlie Bevis has reported, the 1880s saw separate-admission doubleheaders become common on holidays. Initially there were only two such holidays during the season--Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) and Independence Day.
Posted by Jeffrey Kittel at 8:00 AM
Rainchecks given away at the Union grounds yesterday will be honored both to-morrow and Thursday, when the St. Louis and Keystones play regular championship games.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 26, 1884
The St. Louis Unions received their first defeat yesterday afternoon at the hands of the Bostons Unions, who outbatted and outfielded them. The visitors presented Bond and Crane, and while the former pitched one of the best games of his life, the latter's support could not have been bettered. Only Dunlap, Shafer, Gleason and Whitehead were able to do anything with Bond's delivery, and the eight hits made off him were so scattering that, although three of them were two-baggers, only one run was realized. Nine of the home batsmen struck out. Rowe sawed the air twice, and Taylor three times amid mingled laughter and applause, the discomfiture of those two heavy hitters amusing one class, while another became greatly enthused over Bond's splendid work. St. Louis presented Hodnett and Brennan. Hodnett was hit for twenty-two bases, including seventeen singles, two doubles and one three-bagger, and Brennan had three passed balls charged against him. In the field the Bostons played a perfect game, and the only error charged to them was a wild pitch by Bond. The attendance was about 6,000, the grand stand crowd being one of the fines that ever assembled to witness a ball game in this city.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 25, 1884
Carr Place nine play the Lucas Amateurs a game at the Union Grounds at 10 o'clock this morning.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 25, 1884
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
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
Ed Cuthbert, the veteran ball tosser, has signed with the Baltimore Unions, and will leave to-night for Chicago, where he will report for duty to-morrow. It is reported that he will be appointed assistant manager and field captain of the team.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 22, 1884
|The King of Second Basemen|
The home series between the St. Louis and Boston Unions opened yesterday at Union Park with the best game of the season on any ground. But five runs were scored and all were earned. Both teams proved hard hitters, but sharp and brilliant work by the fielders held down the record of hits, and aroused the 4,000 spectators who were present to a high degree of enthusiasm. It had been announced that the visiting battery would be Bond and Brown, but Murnan, who was on the card for first base, and who was injured in a collision at Cincinnati last week, did not feel able to take the field, and as a result Brown was placed at first, and Burke and Crane were presented in the points. Runs were scored in but two innings, the visitors making one the third and the home team four in the [seventh]. In the third inning Burke led off for the Bostons with a safe hot grounder by short, that Rowe made a sharp effort to get, but only succeeded in tipping. Butler followed with a slashing liner, which bounded against the left fence, sending Burke home and gaining second himself. O'Brien was then called out, Irwin missed three strikes and was thrown out at first, and Crane foul-tipped to Baker. Baker led for St. Louis in the seventh inning and raised a fly over second, just beyond O'Brien's reach. Brennan then drove the ball out between left and center, scoring Baker's run, but in endeavoring to run to third was put out by Bond's sharp assist to O'Brien, who threw to Irwin. Whitehead continued the hitting by sending a safe one over short and gaining second through Butler's unavailing effort to make a catch. After he had reached third on a passed ball, Quinn brought him in by sending the ball on another trip to the left fence, and taking second on the hit. Then Dunlap landed fairly on one of Burke's out-curves and turned high over the left fence, scoring a home run amid deafening applause.The features of the game were the fine support rendered Taylor by Baker and the superb outfielding of Dickerson, Butler, Slattery and Whitehead. Butler ran in and captured one ball that was barely safe from Hackett. Whitehead also got under one that dropped beyond second.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 21, 1884
The old Black Stockings, the champion colored club of the country, has been reorganized under the management of Henry Bridgewater, with the following players: Ben Johnson, p.; S. Johnson, c.; E. Rogers, 1 b.; H. Lawrence, 2 b.; L. Canter, s.s.; S. Chauvan, 3 b.; W. Sutton, c. f.; E. Gordan, r.f.; C. Gardner, l.f.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 21, 1884
Below will be found the rules governing contests for the championship of Central Missouri, and a silver ball. This ball was given by the Cooper County A. and M.A., and first played for in 1872. It is now held by the Washington Base Ball Club of Washington, Franklin County, Mo., who won it from the Occidentals, of New Haven, on July 5, 1875. The Washingtons played eight games during 1875, losing but one. They beat the St. Louis "Continentals," 27 to 16.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, March 10, 1876
The sixteenth annual ball of the Empire Base Ball Club came off at Masonic Hall last night, and proved to be an entire success in every particular. It was, without doubt, the best ball ever given by the club, both in attendance and in the agreeable manner in which it passed off, and, of course, was highly enjoyed by all present.
The balls hitherto given by the Empire lads have been the events of the season in which they occurred, and have always been longingly looked forward to by those who have participated in the festivities of the one preceding. The fact is, the balls given by the club are very much like a family reunion, as all are well acquainted. It was noticed that a good many who attended the first ball given by the club sixteen years ago were on hand last evening. The officers of the club are as follows: President, H. Clay Sexton; Vice-President, Edward C. Donnelly; Secretary, Charles H. Stevens; Treasurer, H.G.D. Barklage. The music was furnished by Postlewaite's Quadrille Band, and was all that could be desired, and seldom a party ever sat down to a more elegant supper than that furnished by Mr. Louis Heinrich, of Franklin avenue. The carriages were from the popular livery stable of Cullen & Kelly.
The managers have every reason to feel proud over the "reunion," and the guests owe thanks to them for the pleasure afforded them last night. The dancing was kept up till a late hour.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, January 26, 1876
The best game of the first home series between the Baltimore and St. Louis Union Clubs was played yesterday afternoon in the presence of over 6,000 spectators. The heavy shower that fell between 2 and 3 o'clock kept many from attending and also gave the grounds a thorough wetting. Nevertheless, the game was called promptly at 3:30, with the diamond in very fair condition. Before the game was half over it was perfectly dry. W. Sweeny and Fusselbach were the Baltimore battery, while Taylor and Baker filled similar positions for the home team. The slippery condition of the ball in the opening innings made the pitchers' work difficult, and as a result two wild pitches were scored against each. Fusselbach lost the game for his side, making four errors and having two passed balls. Had he supported Sweeny as he usually does, the St. Louis Unions would, in all probability, now have one defeat to acknowledge. Each side scored nine hits. The only two-bagger was credited to Shafer. Phelan led the batting with three hits out of four times at the plate. Five of the home team and two of the visitors struck out. The feature of the game was Seery's great performance in left field. He made six catches, two of them exceptionally fine, and scored one assist which resulted in a double play. The crowd cheered him repeatedly and at length. Rowe, at center, accepted two opportunities and made one superb running catch. Shafer captured three flies at right and threw two men out at first. Oberbeck had but two chances and made the most of both, taking one in fine style. Levis is playing in fine form. His record was ten put-outs and one assist. Quinn played first perfectly for the home team. Dunlap covered second in his inimitable style, and scored five outs and three assists. Whitehead was charged with two errors and credited with five assists. His throwing to first is equaled by but few in the profession. Say did not have many chances. He made a bad muff, however, at a critical stage. Dickerson is acting like a regular third baseman instead of the project of an emergency. Robinson may be a good third baseman, but he appears to have too big a contract when he undertakes to properly cover his position and captain his nine. In the ninth inning, when two men were on bases and a ball was fielded home from center, he left his base and ran to back up Fusselbach. The latter got the ball, and Quinn, who was running for the plate, seeing himself cut off, turned back to third. Without looking to see whether anyone was covering third or not, Fusselbach sent the ball flying over the bag to left, letting in Quinn and Dunlap. Had Robinson held his position or called upon Say to take it when he left, Quinn would almost certainly have been put out.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 19, 1884