Friday, March 30, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: A Case Of Heavy Slugging

Six hundred people attended the game of base ball between the Cincinnati Unions and St. Louis Unions.  The game was a case of heavy slugging on both sides, in which Rowe made a home run, Sylvester, O'Leary, Bradley and Rowe each hit for three bases, and Dunlap and Kennedy made two-basers.  Rowe made a fine running fly catch, Kennedy distinguished himself as a third baseman, as well as by his fine batting, and Dunlap maintained the reputation he earned so fairly yesterday.  In the first inning two passed balls, with singles by Dunlap, Shaffer and Gleason, and a home run by Rowe, netted the visitors 4 runs, 3 of which were earned.  On wild throws by Jones and Kelley, one more run, by Boyle, was added in the fourth, bringing the score up to 5.  In the seventh inning Kelley missed a third strike, Dunlap struck a two-baser, and Baker made a hit which netted 2 runs, bringing up the total score to seven.  The home club earned 3 runs in the third on a single by Kelley, a two-baser by Kennedy and a three-bagger each by Sylvester and Bradley.  The slugging here was terrible, and was one of the brilliant features of the game.  In the fourth inning the Cincinnatis led the score by 2 runs made on singles by O'Leary and Jones, a wild pitch and fine base running.  O'Leary, in the sixth, struck a three-bagger, and Jones made a single, which earned the home club another run, and put them one ahead.  Starting in on the second half of the seventh inning 1 run behind the St. Louis Club, the home club made the score even, and then went 1 better on singles by Hawes and Harbidge and by Kennedy's fine base running.  Crane's single in the eighth, a wild pitch and Kelley's long sacrifice fly netted another run and rounded the total up to 9.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 24, 1884

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