Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Omaha Claims The Championship Of St. Louis

Three weeks ago the Omahas beat the St. Louis Browns by a score of 7 to 0.  On Saturday they beat the Prickly Ash by a score of 11 to 1, and on Sunday they beat the Prickly Ash again, this time by a score of 13 to 3.  Yesterday to add to their laurels they won a game from the St. Louis Unions in the presence of 1,500 persons and by a score of 3 to 2.  Although the home team outbatted and outfielded the visitors the latter won, but by a very close shave.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 19, 1884

As I was reading through the August 1884 editions of the Globe, I saw Omaha beating the Browns and the Prickly Ash and then saw that they challenged the Maroons to a game.  I was actually hoping that they beat Lucas' pets because it made for a better story.  By beating the three best teams in St. Louis, Omaha had a legitimate claim to the baseball championship of St. Louis and that's an interesting little wrinkle to the story of the 1884 baseball season in St. Louis. 

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