Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The 1884 Providence Grays: Hurting In Body And Soul

Radbourn, pitcher of the Providence Club, has been cited by the Association to explain his conduct for the last three weeks.  Pending inquiry, Miller and Sweeney will play in the box.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 17, 1884

I love how the story of the 1884 Maroons has intersected with the story of the 1884 Grays.  Lucky for me Ed Achorn has written the book on that Providence club and that makes my job much easier.

The Radbourn/Sweeney situation was coming to a head and it would end with the Maroons finally getting the big-time pitcher that Lucas had been hunting for since before the season started.  However, it was not the Providence pitcher he was originally after and, here shortly, I'm going to have to write up a long post on Radbourn's situation with the Grays.  At this point, I'll just say that he had been suspended by the club and Ed wrote that Radbourn was "hurting in body and soul."

With Radbourn having melted down, with Sweeney about to hit the bottle a bit too hard and with the Maroons in desperate need of a pitcher, things were about to get interesting.    

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