Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Sweeney Hits Town

Sweeny, the new pitcher of the Unions, arrived yesterday morning from Providence.  In the afternoon he attended the game between the Columbus club and the Browns, and was cordially greeted by the Browns, on whose bench he occupied a seat for some time.  He said but little about his trouble with the Providence club, except that he did not want to go to right field after having pitched seven innings of the game in which the trouble occurred, and Bancroft threatened to fine him $50.  He then left the field, took off his uniform, gave Bancroft a piece of his mind, in language more expressive than elegant, told him to keep his salary, and left the ground knowing very well that he would be expelled.  He does not think very highly of Bancroft as a manager, and his views in this respect are shared by Dunlap and Shafer.  Sweeny left last night for Kansas City, where he joins the Unions to-day.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 28, 1884

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