Never before since the club's organization did the Chicagos sustain such a stinging defeat as they suffered at the hands of the St. Louis Browns this afternoon, in the second game of the World's Championship series. Six thousand people attended the contest and saw the pets of the "windy city" out-batted, out-fielded, and out-played generally. The Browns played in their old time brilliant style, and showed the spectators, as well as Anson's crew, that they knew a little about ball at least. There was no howling, yelling and screeching, such as marked the progress of the game the day before; the audience being orderly and quiet. All the good plays on both sides were applauded. The Browns, by their excellent conduct on the field, have made many friends. Caruthers, who occupied the box for the visiting club, twirled the ball for all he was worth and, taken altogether, pitched one of the best games of his life. But one small insignificant hit of the scratch kind was all that the big Chicago sluggers could find his curves for. They could knock nothing but hard grounders, on which they were easily thrown out at first. Several long flies were knocked to the outfield, but O'Neil,Welch and Foutz did not let a ball go by them, and made several remarkable catches. McCormick was never so badly slaughtered.
Thirteen hits, with a grand total of twenty-five bases, is a pretty good record to make off a pitcher belonging to a champion League club. That is what the Browns made off him to-day. Their batting, unlike that of the Chicagos of yesterday, was hard and clean, and but one or two hits that had any semblance to scratches were made. O'Neil made a wonderful record; out of four times at the bat he made three hits, and two of them were home runs. His first four-bagger was made in the first inning, with one man on the bases, and the second in the fifth inning. Both of the drives were to left field, far out of the reach of all fielders,k and were the longest hits ever seen on the grounds. His other hit was a single. Caruthers also showed that he knew a little something about handling the stick. He lined the ball out to right once for three bases and once for a double. Both were only prevented from being home runs by striking the fence a few inches from the top. Foutz got in a two-bagger and a single. The only man on the Browns' side who failed to get a hit was Latham, but he more than made up for his weakness at the bat by his excellent coaching. He is also credited with the only two errors charged to his club. Both were entirely excusable, though. One was an error in judging a ball, and the other a bad throw to first of a hard-hit grounder. Bushong again caught a superb game. Kelly started in to catch for the Chicagos, but Anson, in the sixth inning, seeing that the game was gone, sent him to short, probably to save him for to-morrow, and Williamson came in behind the bat. In the eighth inning Anson succeeded Williamson in catching and Kelly went to first.
The three umpire plan was given a trial and worked very well, to-day at least. Ex-umpires John Kelly, now manager of the Louisvilles, was selected as referee. John McQuaid was chosen umpire for the Chicagos, and Joe Quest officiated in the same capacity for the St. Louis team. The Browns lost the toss and went first to bat. Latham, after fouling a number of balls, and after two strikes had been called on him, got his base on balls. McCormick made a quick throw to first to catch him napping, and Anson made a motion as if he touched him. McQuaid called Latham out. Quest, for St. Louis, protested. A long wrangle then ensued between Comiskey, Anson and the three umpires. Referee Kelly finally decided Latham safe. The decision was greeted with applause. He went to second on Kelly's wild throw to catch him stealing. Kelly missed Caruthers' third strike; Latham thinking that Kelly had thrown the ball to first to head off "Bobby," started for third, when Kelly threw to second and put him out. O'Neil then came to the bat, and the first ball pitched he knocked for a home run, as described above. Caruthers, of course, scored with him. Burns fumbled Comiskey's grounder, and Williamson handled Welch's grounder in the same manner. Both were left, however, by Foutz's foul to Kelly. For the Chicagos Gore made the first and only hit. Kelly struck out and Anson got his base on balls. Pfeffer's long fly to Caruthers advanced both men a base, but they were both left by Williamson, who went out from second to first. In the second inning Robinson was retired on a fly, and Bushong got first on Burns' wild throw of his grounder to first. Two wild pitches enabled him to reach third, and he attempted to come home on Latham's fly to left, but Dalrymple's beautiful and perfect throw to the plate cut him off. Burns for the Chicagos, after one out, got his base on a bad throw of Latham's, but the next two men were retired in order. Caruthers opened the third with a fly to right, and O'Neil got his base on six bad balls. He was forced out at second by Gleason. Comiskey hit safely, but Welch retired the side by going out form second to first. The Chicagos went out in order.
The Browns increased their score by two in the fourth. Foutz led off with a hit to left for a single, but he made second on Dalrymple's failure to stop the ball. Pfeffer captured Latham's fly to second. Bushong then made a drive to left for two bases, and Foutz came in. Latham's sacrifice advanced Bushong to third. Caruthers knocked a pop-up to Burns, but the latter muffed it. He threw Caruthers out though on his attempt to made second the error, Bushong, of course, had scored in the meantime. The Chicagos were retired quickly Pfeffer and Williamson struck out, and Burns went out on a fly to Caruthers. The Browns made three more runs in the fifth. O'Neil was the first man to bat and he made the circuit of the bases on his second home run. Gleason hit safely to left, and Comisley struck out. Welch made a single to center, advancing Gleason to third. He stole second successfully, and on the throw down to put him out Gleason scored. Foutz then drove the sphere to right center, making third base on the hit and sending Welch in.
As the latter crossed the plate McCormick, who was standing in, struck him on the head, knocking his cap off without any provocation whatever. Welch returned to McCormick, and had not some one interfered, would have doubtless laid the big burly pitcher out on the ground. McCormick was hissed severely. Robinson struck out and Bushong fouled out. The Chicagos went out in one-two-three order. In the sixth no runs were scored. Caruthers made a two-bagger, but was unable to get beyond second base. The Chicagos got no men on bases in this inning. Five runs in the seventh brought the Browns' score up to 12. Comiskey, the first batter, was retired on a little grounder to short and Welch waited for his base on balls, and got it. Foutz knocked a slow ball down to Pfeffer, and had that player not fumbled the ball, a double play might have been made. As it was, Welch got to second and Foutz to first in safety. Robinson knocked the leather to left for a single. Dalrymple picked up the ball and threw it in wildly, enabling Welch and Foutz to score and Robinson to make third. The latter came in on a sacrifice by Bushong. Latham got second base on Kelly's wild throw of his grounder to first, and scored on Caruthers' drive to left for three bases. O'Neil's safe hit brought in Caruthers. Gleason retired the side. The Chicagos were now pretty badly broken up and could not do much of anything. Pfeffer struck out and so did Burns, but the latter's third strike dropped out of Bushong's hands, and the ball rolled in the path. Burns gave it a kick and started for first. Quest called him out. The Browns appealed to Kelly, but as the latter did not see the play, he allowed Burns safe. Ryan fouled out. A passed ball advanced both the base runners a bag, but they got no further, as Dalrymple sawed the air and struck out. Comiskey opened the eighth with a hit, but Welch's grounder to second resulted in a double play. Foutz got first on an error of Burns, but was thrown out trying to steal second. McCormick, for the home club, struck out. Latham judged Gore's grounder badly, giving the latter first. Kelly knocked a long fly to left, which O'Neil caught in fine style and threw in to head off Gore. As it was growing dark, it was difficult to see the ball, and Comiskey let it get by him, Gore going to second. Anson's foul tip, which Bushong caught, ended the inning. The game was then called on account of darkness.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 20, 1886
There's a bunch of good stuff here for such a one-sided game. You have Caruthers throwing a one-hitter and getting a triple and double at the plate. Caruthers, by himself, outhit Chicago in game two. You have O'Neil with his two home runs, the three umpire system getting tested in the first inning, the scuffle at home plate in the fifth and Kelly moving from catcher to short to first. It was a neat game.
St. Louis came down like a wolf on the fold,
Now there's a bit of doggerel for you. To add insult to injury, the Inter Ocean went on to write the following:
Last evening a young man brought to the office...the following challenge, which the visiting club may wish to consider:
The [new] system of umpiring will be tried in Tuesday's game, which provides that there will be a referee and two umpires, one umpire to act for Chicago and do the umpiring when the St. Louis men are at the bat, and the other to act for St. Louis and umpire when Chicago is at the bat. In case of a close decision either umpire has the right to appeal to the referee, whose decision shall be final. The two umpires and referee will be chosen by lot from the Board of Umpires. The referee will stand between the pitcher and second baseman.
The new system was mentioned by the Globe in their account of game one but without going into detail. Obviously, the solution to bad calls in the field (which marred the 1885 series) was to put more umpires in the field. The haggling, debate and negotiation over the umpiring system for the 1886 series has to be seen as a result of the breakdown of the system in the 1885 series, a lack of trust between the two clubs and a lack of trust between the clubs and the umpires in the other league (specifically Von der Ahe's mistrust of the National League umpires). There was a problem with the umpiring system and Von der Ahe and Spalding came up with a rather unique solution.
The new system would be put to use and tested in game two.
Had the life of the nation been trembling in the scales, there would scarcely have been a more painful anxiety among the people at large than there was yesterday among the base ball public of St. Louis. There were large crowds every place where the returns were being received. In front of the Globe-Democrat office the crowd extended far out into the street. At all the base ball exchanges there were jams, while at Wiseman's the crowd filled the room and both alleyways. At Donovan's the Merchants' Exchange crowd held sway, while at the others the bootblack and the street gamin, the clerk and the more wealthy patron, stood side by side, tramped on each other's corns without complaining, and consoled with each other when the first inning came in, showing a goose-egg for the Browns and two good runs for the Chicagos. It has been demonstrated time and again that the average base ball patron is not much at betting, and so it was that the large majority of the crowd stood with open eyes, open ears and open mouths, which opened wider when the Chicagos' lead was increased to three. But still there was a great deal of betting and it is estimated that $10,000 changed hands on the game in $5 to $100 bets, in addition to the large amount jeopardized on the outcome of the series. One marked feature was the apparent absence of Chicago money, which seemed to disprove the rumor of a sold game circulated a few days ago. Nearly all of the Chicago money was put up by St. Louisians. A number of the Merchants' Exchange crowd backed Chicago, with backers for the Browns also from on 'Change. The betting started out even on the game, but before the first inning came in the odds were $100 to $80 in favor of Chicago, though at the same time it was reported that in Chicago the Browns were selling as the favorites...As the game progressed and big goose eggs were scored on both sides, the betting changed to $100 to $50 in favor of Chicago, and hung at that until the Chicagos added another run in the sixth inning. After that bets were made at $100 to $30 and after the Chicagos made their three runs in the eighth inning one bet of $100 to $4 was offered, in the enthusiasm of a Chicago admirer. In all about $5,000 were put up in the exchanges, and about as much in larger bets on the outside. John Donovan was one of the losers, though he came home from Chicago yesterday morning with the belief that the Browns were going to lose. There was a great deal of betting on the innings, and considerable on the series, but in the latter all bets were even, and when the game was finally scored at 6 to 0, $60 to $100 was offered on to-day's game against the Browns, with no Chicago takers.
This is really a fascinating account of 19th century sports betting. I was totally caught up in the article to the point that when it mentioned that you could get $100 to $50 on the Browns after Chicago scored their third run in the sixth inning, I was thinking to myself that that was a pretty good bet. I'd take two to one odds on the 1886 Browns outscoring anybody by four runs over three innings. But I think I'd want to run the win probability numbers before I started betting with 1886 dollars.
The opening game of the world's championship series between the St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Stockings was played on the League grounds in [Chicago] this afternoon. The morning was dark, chilly and gloomy, and the prospects were anything but favorable for the mutual contest. About noon, however, the sun came out and shone brightly for nearly the entire afternoon. It was not comfortably warm though, for the spectators. At 11 o'clock in the morning President Von der Ahe, the four umpires, Messrs. McQuade, Kelly, Pierce and Quest, and Capts. Comiskey and Anson met at President Spaulding's office to decide on the new umpire plan suggested by the letter. It was decided not to make the experiment to-day, but it will be given a trial to-morrow. About 2 o'clock the Browns entered their carriages in front of the Tremont house, where a large crowd had gathered to catch a glimpse of the Association champions. As soon as they had entered the gates and the crowd of 5,000 caught sight of them, the yelling and cheering commenced and continued until they were in their positions in the field ready for practice work. About fifteen minutes later the Chicagos appeared from their dressing rooms at the extreme eastern end of the park, and forming into a line, single file, with their bats thrown over their shoulders and headed by a brass band, they marched out into the center of the field and up to the home plate amid a deafening roar of applause. They were given about fifteen minutes for practice. The difficult position of umpire fell upon John McQuade, who has so far done such good work in the St. Louis local series between the Browns and the Maroons. The game to-day resulted in a regular Waterloo for the Browns. They were shut out completely, being unable to get a man beyond the third bag. They did not play in their dashing, brilliant style which usually characterizes their work on the field, and from the first inning, when the Chicagos made their first two runs, they seemed dull and disheartened. Latham was the only exception. He was bright and cheerful as always, and kept the crowd in a constant roar with his jokes and funny sayings. Coaching is something new to Chicago people, and Latham's merry and entertaining way was decidedly refreshing to them after gazing so long at the silent statue-like Chicagos. He never lost hope and did not give up until the home club's victory was certain. The Chicagos played a good game of ball, but to Dame Fortune they owe their success to-day. Their hits, with one or two exceptions, were of the scratch order, landing just out of the fielders' reach. The Browns hit hard, but decidedly unluckily. Most of their hard-hit balls were liners directly in the Chicagos' hands. As the score shows, the home club made ten hits off Foutz's pitching, with a total of thirteen bases. Anson and Pfeffer did the best batting, each securing three singles. Of the five hits secured by the Browns two were made by Comisky and two by Robinson. One of the latter's was a three-bagger, the only hit longer than a single on the Browns' side. Clarkson was also successful in striking out ten men, while but five were retired by Foutz.
The coming series between the Chicago White Stockings and the St. Louis Browns is attracting more attention than any recent event in base ball circles, and I believe the contest will be the most exciting of any yet held. Admirers of the national game in each city are backing their favorites with their cash, and it is said there is more money at stake now upon the result of the series than ever placed in the same way before. The Browns will do their level best to bring the world's pennant back to St. Louis again this year, and are in splendid shape for the contest.
Mr. Von Der Ahe is making great preparations for the Chicago trip. He has chartered a special Pullman car, and it is now being handsomely decorated with flags and bunting. About fifty persons will accompany the club.
I thought it was interesting that Von der Ahe had problems with the League umpires that he wasn't willing to put into writing in a letter to Spalding and I was curious as to what the problems were. I think this sheds some light on the matter:
The Globe-Democrat had this to say of the games before the points had been settled:
Mr. Von Der Ahe leaves for Chicago tomorrow to arrange the dates of the Browns-Chicago series.
Mr. Von Der Ahe yesterday sent a telegram to President Spaulding, of the Chicagos, suggesting that the first three world's championship games be played Chicago, October 18, 19 and 20, and that three more be played in St. Louis October 21, 22 and 23. If it is necessary for a seventh game to be played the choice of grounds will be decided by toss. It is very likely that the above dates will be satisfactory to Mr. Spaulding.
New Orleans parties have sent North an offer to the Chicago League and St. Louis American clubs to play three of the base ball championship games [in that city.] The offer comprises a large guarantee, $5,000 it is said, and the payment of all expenses. Base ball is on the a boom South, and it is expected that if the games can be arranged to take place here, there will be people from several States on hand to see them.
The difficulty in the selection of umpires to officiate in the Chicago-Brown Games was yesterday amicably settled. Mr. Von der Ahe selected Pierce and Quest from the three named by President Spaulding and the latter selected Kelly and McQuade from the American Association staff. It is expected that about 500 people from this city will go up to Chicago and witness the opening games.
The last regular championship game to be seen in St. Louis this season will be played at Sportsman's Park, between the Browns and the Brooklyns, this afternoon. The game will be one of special interest. The Browns are the first club to win the championship twice in succession, and Mr. Von der Ahe has decided to properly celebrate the event this afternoon.
Seldom has such interest in a base ball championship race been exhibited in [Chicago] as during to-day, when the reports of the Philadelphia-Detroit games at Philadelphia, and the Boston-Chicago games at Boston were being received through the "tickers," and announced on the bulletin boards about the city. It was known that to make sure of its hold upon the pennant the White Stockings would have to win the game with Boston, or Detroit would have to lose one or more games with Philadelphia. When the news was received of Chicagos' victory and the Detroits' defeat there was cheering by the crowds. On learning of the club's victory President Spalding , of the Chicago Club, sent a telegram to Capt. Anson, in which he said:
The series for the world's championship between Anson's men and the Browns has been arranged and the first games will be played at the Congress street grounds Oct. 18, 19, and 20, and the next three in St. Louis Oct. 21, 22, and 23. The point for playing off the seventh game, should such be necessary, will be decided later...The rules governing the games will be based upon Mr. Spalding's letter of Sept. 27 accepting Mr. Von der Ahe's challenge.
President Von der Ahe, in reply to A.G. Spalding's letter in reference to a series of games between the Browns and Chicagos, sent the following yesterday:
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