Sunday, July 29, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Heavy Batting Defeats The Chicagos

Yesterday's contest between the Chicagos and St. Louis Unions was a pretty and interesting one up to the eighth inning, at the beginning of which the score stood 3 to 2 in favor of the home team.  The latter then, through heavy batting and a couple of costly errors and five hits, scored five runs and settled the struggle.  Atkinson pitched very effectively for the first seven innings, in which only five hits were made off his delivery.  The only inning in which he was gauged was the eighth.  Ellick's support behind the bat was excellent.  Of the four fielding errors made by the visitors two were charged to Berry and one each to Schoenecke and Ellick.  In the second inning Ellick made a beautiful one-hand catch of a line hit from Brennan's bat, and by a quick throw to Gardner doubled up Quinn at third.  The home team presented Werden and Brennan.  The former was very effective, holding the visitors down to six hits, but Brennan was rather weak in his support.  Gleason was decidedly off and made three glaring errors.  Dunlap had one fumble charged to him, but scored five assists and three outs, two of the latter on catches of sky-scrapers.  Rowe made a splendid catch on a long drive to center by Wheeler, the hit looking very much like a sure three-bagger.  The fielding on both sides was very sharp.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 17, 1884

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