Sunday, February 3, 2013

The 1884 Maroons: A Well-Played Contest That Nobody Cared About

A light attendance assembled yesterday to witness the first meeting of the St. Paul team with the St. Louis Unions.  The game was begun at 4 o'clock, and had to be called at 5:30, when seven innings had been played, on account of darkness.  It was a well-played contest, in which hard hitting was done by both teams...
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 4, 1884

So, why even bother.  The Maroons, playing in a crappy league that had fallen apart, played some team that they just added to the crappy league and they didn't bother to start the game until four o'clock and nobody showed up to watch and the Maroons were winning 7-1 in the seventh and Dunlap hit a home run and they were up twenty-three games with eleven to play and had already won the meaningless championship of their meaningless league and I just can't believe that anyone considers the UA a major league. 

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