Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Unmerciful

It's been awhile since we last checked in with the 1884 Maroons and it's time we got back to it:

The Kansas City Unions made their first appearance in this city yesterday afternoon, and were unmercifully beaten by the St. Louis Unions.  They were short of a pitcher, both Black of Quincy and McLaughn of Reading, recently engaged, having failed to report, and Oberbeck was put in the box.  The way the home team pounded his delivery is reflected by a total of twenty-two hits and thirty-four total bases.  George Strief covered second for the visitors and was cheered whenever he made a good play in that position and as often as he stepped in the plate.  with the exceptions of Turbidy, Davis and Wyman, the visitors showed excellent form in the field.  It was an off day for Turbidy, who is usually an excellent short stop.  Wyman made two brilliant catches in the first two innings, but after that, with the sun in his eyes, was unable to see most of the flies that were sent out to left.  He was given plenty of work fielding safe hits.  "Kid" Baldwin behind the bat is a tower of strength to the team.  His work yesterday was earnest, neat and reliable and was greatly admired.  Werden and Brennan were the home battery, and while the former held the opposing batsmen down to four hits, the latter gave him the excellent support.  A wild throw to third marred his record.  Rowe made two splendid catches at center.  An error is charged to him for failing to get to a fly that both he and Boyle ran for at first and then each stopped to let the other take it.  Rowe was called, hence the error.  Shafer took in two flies at right with ease.  Quinn at first and Whitehead at short played perfectly.  Dunlap had little to do.  Gleason got an error on his only chance.  At the bat, however, he was remarkably strong.  
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 1, 1884

Strief, by the way, had played with the Browns in 1883, which explains why he was so popular with the crowd.

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