Monday, January 21, 2013

The 1884 Maroons: A Pure Gift

The Boston Unions took their third consecutive game from the St. Louis club to-day but the victory was a pure gift.  The St. Louis players faced Shaw for the third time in succession, and hit him harder than usual.  Sweeney, after a rest of two days, completely puzzled the Boston boys.  Fourteen times he struck men out, and only three safe hits were made off his delivery.  The game was not well-played in the field...The third inning settled the game.  Crane was the first man at the bat, and took his base on called balls.  He stole second and went to third as Dolan made a bad throw to catch him napping.  McCarty struck out, but O'Brien put in a base hit and Crane scored.  Then began a series of errors, consisting of a fumble by Gleason, a passed ball and missed third strike and a wild throw by Baker to the plate, gave 4 more unearned runs.  After this only two of the home nine reached first base, and one of these was retired in a double play...
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 24, 1884

This was the Maroons' fourth loss in a row, which was their longest losing streak of the season.  Heck, they only lost 19 games in 1884 so they basically took a fifth of their loses between September 18 and September 23. 

Dunlap, to the best of my knowledge, was still "visiting his mother."

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