Saturday, January 14, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: All To Pieces

There were 1,500 people present to witness the St. Louis Unions defeat the Cincinnati Unions for the third time this week.  The visitors presented Bradley and Kelly as their battery, while for the home team Matteson, their new pitcher, and Brennan filled the points.  Until the fourth inning Bradley did the twirling, but being hit hard, gave way to Sylvester, who held the home batters down.  Matteson, the new St. Louis pitcher, was hit very hard by the visitors, and it was found prudent to put in Taylor, Baker coming in to support him.  The game was an uninteresting one, as the Cincinnati boys went all to pieces, making some very costly errors, their batting being much heavier than in previous games.  The hoe team batting was heavy, while their fielding game was not up to the regular standard.  The main feature of the game was Taylor's fine drive over the left field fence for a home run, and Burns' line drive out in right field, the ball going clear to fence, among the buggies, and on which he came home with ease. 
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 14, 1884

This was Clifford Matteson's first and only big league game and he didn't exactly cover himself with glory.  I'll have more on Matteson tomorrow.  

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