Friday, August 3, 2012

The 1884 Maroons: Strauss Is A Miserable Failure Behind The Bat

The Kansas City's catcher, "Kid" Baldwin, missed Monday night's train at Kansas City, and as a result failed to reach St. Louis in time to play in yesterday's game.  Strauss was substituted, and proved a miserable failure behind the bat.  In fact, Black was unable to put on speed at any stage, and as a result he was hit hard all through the game.  Besides letting the ball pass him whenever given a chance, Strauss was lazy about recovering the ball, while his throwing to bases was always wild.  This accounts for the bad beating the visitors received, for, except Strauss, all played very well.  The best playing on the Kansas City side was done by Shafer at right field, and Cudworth at first base.  Boyle made his inaugural appearance at third base, and covered the position so well that he will be retained there until Jack Gleason's hand is perfectly healed.  Werden was hit hard in the first and last inning, but during the rest of the game he was very effective.  Brennan supported him in fine style.  About 1,500 persons witnessed the game.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 20, 1884

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