Monday, August 27, 2012

Jack Chapman Brings Down The House

The players engaged by the St. Louis Base Ball club, with the exception of Pike, Waitt and Hauge (not yet arrived), were introduced to the stockholders of the association last evening in the reading-room of the club manager's store, No. 619 Olive street, which the latter has neatly furnished for the convenience of the players and the base ball fraternity generally.  All the sporting papers are kept on file, and the latest base ball news cheerfully communicated.  A large number of the members dropped in during the evening and inspected the material that is to represent St. Louis in the coming struggle for the flag of 1875.  All the boys were in good health, and confident of giving a good account of themselves.  They are, one and all, muscular and active looking fellows, rather below the medium height, but in their lithe and easy carriage, as well as their bright eyes and brown skin, give evidence of good physical condition.  The evening was passed in discussing the probabilities and prospects of the coming summer...Messrs. Miller, Chapman and Dehlman sang some ballads in creditable style, Chapman bringing down the house with a sample of his famous whistling.  Regular exercise has been commenced and will be continued actively until the ball season begins.
-St. Louis Republican, January 22, 1875

Just when you think you know it all, you find out that Jack Chapman was a famous whistler. 

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