Saturday, January 7, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: The Superior Work Of The St. Louis Unions

Costly errors at critical points, inability to bat Taylor's pitching, and the superior work of the St. Louis Unions, both in the field and at the bat, caused the home nine the most disastrous defeat they have ever known.  Gross, the famous catcher, who made such a brilliant record with the Philadelphia League team last year, appeared with the Chicagos for the first time, and, while showing lack of recent practice, held his reputation as a steady player and good batsman.  McLaughlin, the new second baseman of the Chicagos, also made his first appearance.  His work was neat at points but two inexcusable errors dampened the favor with which the audience seemed disposed to regard him.  Daly's pitching was as remarkable as ever, even the hard hitters of the St. Louis nine being unable to do any effective work against him.  For the visitors Dunlap's work at second and Baker's as catcher were superb, the latter being particularly praiseworthy for his support of Taylor's difficult pitching.  Shafer distinguished himself in right by taking three difficult catches.  
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 4, 1884

After losing two of their last six, the Maroons got back to their winning ways.  As to the question of What Did Dunlap Do?  I looks like nothing but I'm going to retire this gimmick because I've gotten a bit tired of it.

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