Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The 1884 Horses Vs. Bicycles Race: Another Crushing Defeat For The Home Club

The fourth game between the St. Louis and Wilmington Unions resulted in another crushing defeat for the home club, who were not only weak at the bat, but fielded poorly.  The 3 runs made in the sixth inning all resulted from inexcusable errors.  Sweeney did not exert himself much, and the fielders, confident of the outcome of the game, played with wonderful steadiness and brilliancy, and although many of the home club's hits were apparently safe they were gathered in before the spectators had time to appreciate it.  Whitehead, Boyle, Quinn and Dunlap distinguished themselves for the visitors.  Bastian played one of the prettiest games ever seen here.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 11, 1884

There was a light attendance at the bicycle-horse race at the Union Base Ball Grounds yesterday afternoon, but in the evening a large crowd was present and much enthusiasm was manifested.  Anderson gained steadily on Armaindo, but Morgan, who at times showed wonderful bursts of speed, more than held his own with the horses.  
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 11, 1884

At the end of the fourth day, Anderson and the horses led Morgan, Armaindo and the bikes 426 miles and 1 lap to 422 miles and 4 laps.  I think it's over and there's no way the bikes can come back.  They have to be getting tired. 

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