To almost eveyone (save the players of our own club) the unexpected result of the first game between the White Stockings of Chicago and the Brown Stockings of this city was a perfect surprise, and from its overwhelming character a success the most ardent admirers of the sport here could never have hoped for.
Yesterday the early closing movement enabled hundreds who failed to see the first game to be present at the second. The excitement to see our now famous Brown Stockings on the diamond field was such that as early as 1 o'clock some of the anxious ones were on the way to the ball ground on Grand avenue. From two o'clock to four every car leading towards the ground was packed to its utmost capacity, while vehicles of every description, from the imposing landau to the modest business wagon, filled the streets leading towards the scene of mimic battle.
Some three thousand people were on the ground when our reporter squeezed through the gateway, about three o'clock, and, from that hour, until half-past four o'clock the stream of humanity poured into the field through the two gateways.
At four o'clock after Capt. Pearce had again won the toss the umpire was found to be missing and after searching and calling for him in all parts of the vast masses of spectators a new one had to be selected.
Considerable difficulty ensued but Mr. Barron of the Empires consented to act and being accepted by both captains the game was proceeded with. There were at least 6,000 people in the enclosure at the time among whom were some of the most prominent citizens of St. Louis. The humble scribe had the honor of supplying
With a chair, he and his friends being compelled to seek the roof of the pavilion from which to see the game.
Considerable uneasiness was caused among the friends of the Brown Stockings by the rumored illness of Bradley the pitcher, and when he appeared on the field in uniform a generous, hearty round of applause greeted him. He rose from his bed at 2 o'clock, and against the advice of his physician went to the ground prepared to do or die for his colors. Had he been in his usual health Chicago would not have scored a solitary run in either game.
Dick Higham shouldered his log and waited for Bradley to open his batteries. Soon the work began. A foul tip to Miller was missed and a universal Oh! went up from the audience. The next ball was tipped precisely the same way, and the glad shout preclaimed that "Red" had redeemed himself. Hastings took first on three called balls. On Warren's second strike Hastings tried to steal second but Miller's throw forced him to return to first, and Joe Battin and Dehlman put him out. Warren made first on a short hit to third that Capt. Dick called for Hague to let him have, but both between them let the striker make first. Devlin after hitting several fouls hit high to Cuthbert, and of course retired. No runs.
Cuthbert was on time and looked viciously at Devlin, then hit easy to third and retired at first. Dicky tried in rain for a fair-foul twice, but the third was a charmer, and amid enthusiastic cheers safely settled on first. Pike retired on a good running foul bound catch by Warren. Chapman by a daisy-cutter to right sent Dick one bag further, but Hague closed the innings by striking straight to Devlin, and who passed the ball in good time to Zettlin.
HInes opened on Bradley in the
By a terrific drive between centre and left which Cuthbert took in real old time style amid deafening applause. Hague gobbled the high foul Keere favored him with, and Johnny Peter put up a nice little one for Dick, so goose egg No. 2 was laid in the Chicago basket.
Bradley was the first striker for the Browns but his high hit to right field was safely held by Higham. Battin struck wind and took a seat. Dehlman hit safe in front of the plate, and took first, much to the ill-disguised disgust of Capt. Warren. Dehlman stole second, but was left there - Miller striking out. A pair of spectacles for St. Louis as well as Chicago. The cramped crowd on the seats called for a stretch, and took it while waiting for the
To open. Glenn struck hard to second, but Battin got it to Dehl. in time, though he first muffed it. Zettlin drove a liner over short and earned the first base his side had made. Battin dropped the fly catch from Higham and run Zettlin out; Higham reached second on a wild low pitch only to be left, as Miller caught Hastings' third strike at wind.
Cuthbert appeared for the Browns, his second time at the bat, and landed a good one in Glenn's hands at centre. Dicky again missed his fair-foul twice, and drew Warren almost up to him, and suddenly hit sharp and quick between short and second, which both fielders let go between them. PIke drove a beauty to left centre, but Glenn's fine fielding prevented Dick getting further than second, Lip taking first. Chapman hit a foul to third, and Warren thinking it was fair touched third and threw to first, but on finding it was foul Zettlin threw to Devlin so he could throw back to him, but Devlin failed to hold it, and everybody was safe. Chapman struck out. Dicky then stole third, and on a wild pitch scored the first run of the game amid tremendous applause. Hague hit to Devlin, and PIke was run out at third in trying to steal home on the hit.
After a few minutes rest to let Pike recover his wind, the
Was opened, Warren leading off with a high one to Chapman, and, of course, retired. Devlin was missed on a difficult foul, but was beautifully caught out on strikes by Miller, who thus twice atoned for his excusable errors. Pike safely holding the sky-scraper sent him by Hines, another blank was duly recorded.
Chapman hit hard to left of Johnny Peters, which Johnny did well to stop and came very near ending the handsome's career. Hague's hit, straight to Peters, forced Jack out "Martha" went to second on Keerl's high throw to make a double play. "Martha" stole third and scored on Brad's beauty to centre. Battin's safe one between pitcher and third send Brad to second and made him safe on first. Dehlman and Miller left them there, however. HInes taking a pretty catch from the former, and Peters finishing up the latter at first. Keerl hit nicely to Dick at short-stop, and the cunning captain as nicely put him out by a sure throw to Dehl. Miller attended to Peter's high foul on the bound. Glenn hit to the "weak spot" and retired at first, thus making the fifth egg the great batsman had "earned."
Cuthy hit "a darling" between third and short and stole second. Dicky couldn't get a low one over the plate and the umpire game him first base; each advanced a base on a passed ball. Pike drove to second bringing Cuthbert home, but by not running was put out himself, as Zettlin after dropping the ball had time to pick it up. Dicky scored on Chapman's out by Warren to Zettlin. Hague tried fair fouls twice, but gave it up after two misses, and went out in the old fashioned way, at first base, Johnny Peters doing the assisting.
"Old Zett" opened out with a safe one over second, and as no one was out, a run looked highly probable, but a lightning foul tip catch by Miller squashed the giant's chances. "Martha" attended to the weak foul hit of Hastings, and Warren hit a hot one that glanced off Bradley's hands, but the "weak spot" was not thoroughly developed, and Warren was surprised to find the ball safe in Dehlman's hands before he got there.
Bradley struck out - Battin failed to reach first before Keerl's throw reached Zettlin, and Warren sent Dehl's bounding hit to the same individual in time to retire the striker.
Devlin got a nice one between cente and left, but Pike got right in front of it and the umpire called it "out." Hines gave Hague an opportunity to distinguish himself, and found the old lady was just as good as they are made. Cuthy also took a very neat running fly catch and the same old egg was put away.
Miller put up a high one that either Higham, Keerl or Zettlin could have caught but no captain called and Keerl was charged with an error after making a magnificent effort to handle the ball. Cuthy went out at first by the aid of Devlin, "Red" having got second on a "passed" and went to third on Dick's blocked ball, which Hastings threw to first. Jimmy Devlin stopped a hot one from Pike and threw the striker out at first.
Dehlman picked up the grounder Peters sent him and touched the canvass before Johnny came up. Glenn succeeded in putting a lucky one over second and took first. Miller secured a hot one on the first bounce from Zettlin, and Cuthy, after a magnificent run, clutched a foul-bound from Higham, and the same ominous circle was placed at the foot of the column
Chapman hugged Zettlin on first in a loving manner, but the charmer hugged the ball Warren had thrown the tighter, and Chap. had to walk home. Hague was retired by a pretty running stop and throw of Warren's. Brad. was the victim of a splendid one-hand stop and throw of Devlin's.
The White legs' last chance to save the impending disgrace was now at hand. Hastings played a waiting game, and poor Bradley began to show signs of weakness. The excitement which had buoyed him up through eight innings had apparently exhausted itself, and with victory almost in his grasp exhausted nature began to assert itself. He could not get the ball over the plate and the umpire game Scott his base. Warren sent him to second by a safe hit to centre; Devlin drove one low to left field and all three bases were occupied and no one out - it looked ominous, a safe hit would not only save them from the eighteenth consecutive white-wash, but might possibly clear the bases if muffed. The "old man" steadied himself for the gigantic effort, and, had he been strong enough, would have stopped Hines' bounder towards second, and prevented Hastings from scoring, as twas, Scott and Warren both crossed the marble while the ball went bounding towards centre-field. Keerl was the next man up and the Whites were dancing round like wild men in their desperate efforts to get Keerl to drive the ball to the right field. A slow bounder to second was the result and Battin could only put the striker out at first, while Devlin scored the third run amid the wildest excitement - only one behind, a man on third base, Glenn at the bat. He had at his last turn at the stick made a safe hit, and St. Louis dreaded lest her well earned victory should slip from her grasp. Glenn drove a hot one to third base, and ten thousand eyes turned towards the youth who was playing his first professional season. Calm, cool and collected he gathered the leather'd globe, steadied himself, and then let it go like a shot to Harmon J. Dehlman, and when those eyes saw the ball safely settle in Dell's hands eight thousand mouths opened and a roar and cheer went up that could be heard for a mile. St. Louis had the second time in the week defeated the boastful, bragging, overrated boys from Chicago.
About the playing or players were idle. Nearly everybody saw the game, and they have told the story to every one else, and the story is almost threadbare. The visitors were again outplayed in every point - batting, fielding and base-running.
For eight successive innings they could not make a run or get to third base, indeed only one man got as far as second base, and this too with a sick man to pitch for their opponents. They played a very fair game, but it was apparent throughout that they were overmatched. At the bat for eight innings Zettlin saved them from an entire dearth of base hits. During the game eight fielding errors were charged to them against three made by their opponents.
Our boys showed to decided advantage in another respect and one in every way as creditable to them as the skill in playing ball, i.e., correct deportment and avoidance of grumbling at the umpire decisions. We regretted to see the captain of the Whites set his men the example of badgering an umpire. It's a poor way to play ball, and only hurts the persons who indulge their tempers in that way. Mr. Barron is a St. Louis man, but we challenge them to point out one incorrect decision given by him during the game.
We refer our readers to the full score below, the letters standing at the head of the columns of figures standing for "times at bat," "outs," "runs," "first base hits," "total base hits," times "left" on bases. In fielding they indicate the number "put" out, times "assisting," and "errors."
-St. Louis Republicans, May 9, 1875