Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Old Time Skill And Vigor

For the first time since their return from the East, the St. Louis Unions yesterday batted and fielded with their old-time skill and vigor, and the result was the complete rout of the Louisvilles.  Hecker, the Louisvilles' pitcher, was batted as he was never batted before.  Fifteen runs, eight of them earned; nineteen clean hits, with a total of twenty-eight bases, tells the story.  The Louisvilles, on the other hand, could no nothing with Sweeney, and the two clean hits the visitors got in the last inning were all they were allowed to score in the game.  In the third inning Sweeney surprised his opponents by striking out McLaughlin, Browning and Wolff in succession.  That the Louisvilles batted poorly is reflected by the fact that only two of them retired on flies to the outfield.  Dunlap was back in his old place, while Dolan appeared as Sweeney's support.  The presence of these three braced up the whole nine, and they played a winning game from the start.  On the Louisvilles' side Browning did great service in center-field, two of his catches out there saving three-base hits.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 26, 1884

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