Sunday, April 15, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Sweeny's First Game

The Kansas City Unions met their second defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Unions to-day, by a score of 8 to 2.  The game generally was not so exciting as the opening game, the visitors taking the lead in the start and increasing it steadily as the game proceeded.  So far as the merits of the play were concerned, however, there was little difference, both teams being credited with an equal number of base hits, while in fielding errors, outside of bases given on balls, the honors were easy.  The work of the Kansas Citys in the field was better than that of the visitors, with the exception of the brilliant work of Dunlap at second, who accepted all of ten chances, making some very fine stops of hard ground balls.  But the outfield work of Berry and Wyman was execrable, the former misjudging two fly hits, and the latter one that gave at least three of the runs made by the champions.  Their work at the bat was however commendable, they together with Turbidy, leading at the willow.  The great Sweeny, in the left garden, captured the only fly ball that came his way and led at the bat, with Dunlap and Boyle close seconds.  The work of the respective batteries was not as good as in the Sunday's game both pitchers being hit freely.  Brennan, the St. Louis catcher, did nobly, throwing out four men who tried to steal second, Turbidy being the only one to make the sneak successfully, and he was thrown out the first time he tried it.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 29, 1884

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