Friday, February 8, 2013

The 1884 Maroons: P.H. Devinney Strikes Again

The Nationals, of Washington, and the St. Louis Unions played the thirteenth game of their championship series yesterday afternoon.  This fact, coupled with the fine weather, brought fully 3,000 persons to the Union Grounds.  The Nationals appeared in bright white and red uniforms and presented a much stronger team then that which visited here three months ago, and that they were beaten so badly yesterday was due mainly to a decision of Umpire Devinney in the second inning, he deciding Baker safe at hoe when he was plainly out.  The decision not only gave St. Louis a run, but filled the bases, and before the third man was retired six runs were secured.  This unfortunate happening robbed the game of all interest and the Nationals losing heart, never played ball afterward.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 10, 1884 

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