Sunday, June 17, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Dunlap Quickly Procured A Glass Of Brandy

The St. Louis and Cincinnati Unions played the last game but one of their championship series yesterday afternoon, and it was a most interesting contest.  In the first inning, after the home team had drawn a blank, Hawes hit to Sweeny and was fielded out at first.  Then Harbridge hit away out to the left fence, and Boyle, after a hard run, just touched the ball and then dropped it.  On Silvester's hit Harbidge went to second, and on a passed ball he got to third.  Crane then hit to right field and Harbidge scored.  Crane stole second and third and came home on a passed ball.  The visitors held the lead by a score of 2 to 1 until the sixth inning.  Then Dunlap sent a slasher to left field, and a moment later had stolen his way to third.  He scored on Shafer's hit, and the latter was advanced to second on Gleason's safe drive past Jones.  After Sweeny's fly had been taken by Barber, Boyle hit to Bradley, forcing Gleason at second, but Shafer went to third on the play, and came home on Crotty's throw down to catch Boyle at second.  In the seventh the home team increased their lead.  Brennan hit safe to left and reached third on a wild pitch and passed ball.  He scored on Dunlap's line drive to left for two bases.  A moment later Dunlap, who had stolen third, started for home on a ball that had got a short distance by Crotty.  The latter fielded to Bradley who covered the plate with his back turned to the runner.

As Dunlap reached home Bradley at the same moment received the ball and swung around with it.  A collision was the result, Bradley falling to the ground looking pale as death and apparently insensible.  Two or three of this comrades took hold of him, while Dunlap quickly procured a glass of brandy.  The liquor brought Bradley too but he was so badly shocked by the collision that he could not regain his feet without assistance.  He complained of great pains in his right arm and said he thought it was broken, but Dr. Robert Luedeking, who was present, examined the injured member and pronounced it only badly sprained.  Little Dick Burns, who was just recovering from an attack of malarial fever, happened to be on the grounds and went to center field for the visitors while Sylvestor was brought in to pitch.  Gleason hit him safe as a starter and Boyle followed suit.  Then Quinn batted to Jones, who threw to Crane, forcing Boyle, and a double play would have resulted, but Crane threw low and Gleason scored the last run of the game.  
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 8, 1884

This was the Maroons' thirteenth win in a row and they were at the beginning of a stretch where they would go 37-2.  They were twelve and a half games up.

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