Monday, February 13, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: No Difficulty In Hitting Straight Pitching

The St. Louis Union Club won its third successive victory over the Keystones team to-day by a score of 12 to 10.  The game proved the most exciting of any yet played on the new ground here, and the 1,500 persons present were constantly cheering good plays and hard hits.  Errors of Peak and McCormick started the visitors off with the lead in the first inning and they increased their score by batting for four earned runs in the fifth.  Two men were out in this inning when Rowe and Gleason made singles, Taylor and Brennan two-basers and Quinn a three-base hit.  Good batting by Dunlap, Shaffer, Taylor and Gleason earned the last three runs scored by the visitors, who found no difficulty in hitting Weaver's straight pitching.  The Keystones batted Taylor and did the best fielding, but lost the chance of tieing the score, if not of winning the game in the last inning, by poor base running.  Clements played right field for the Keystones, and carried off the honors.  He sent the ball over the right field fence for a home run in the first inning, and in the sixth he caught a long fly hit in extreme right field and made a double play by throwing the runner out at the home plate.  Mr. Sullivan, the Union umpire, did not put in an appearance and Mr. Brady, late of the Altoona club, filled the position to the satisfaction of both nines.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 29, 1884

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