Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The 1884 Maroons: A Muffling And Fumbling Exhibition

For six innings to-day's game between the Boston and the St. Louis Union nines was close and interesting.  Neither side batted hard, and the fielding of both nines was good.  After that the Boston boys used the willow in lively style and the St. Louis men at the same time began a muffling and fumbling exhibition, which they kept up till the game was ended.  Between the hits and the errors in the last three innings Boston scored 12 runs, only 2 of which were earned.  In the ninth, of 6 runs scored none were earned.  The St. Louis team could do little or nothing with Shaw until the ninth inning, when they bunched their hits and earned a run, scoring also another, which was unearned.  Boston fielded magnificently throughout the game, the only error being Slattery's muff of a thrown ball.  The feature of the game was Crane's batting.  He made two home runs, once hitting the ball inside the fence away down to the left field corner, and in sending a terrific liner away over the twenty-five-foot fence at center field.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 23, 1884

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