The [Reds and Atlantics] played a game yesterday afternoon on the grounds of the former. The Reds presented their full nine as it is at present made up, though we believe negotiations are pending for one or two Eastern players. The Atlantics were short several of their players, their regular pitcher and catcher being among the number.
The new professionals opened the game with several of their men out of position, which is one of the very worst things any club can do, particularly a new one, organizing, as they are, for a campaign requiring unusual endurance and steadiness. The evil effects of such a policy were fully demonstrated in the game yesterday, almost every inning witnessing a change in their field - good, players, when out of their home positions, making glaring errors. Blong and Redmond pitched and caught in the first few innings. Houtz played first for one inning and then retired sick, his place being supplied by Mulhall. Morgan and P. Dillon exchanged positions with Blong and Redmond from the fourth to the seventh innings, and so the changing was kept up. In the Atlantic nine the same destructive, demoralizing policy was pursued to a greater extent than in the professional nines. Club managers and captains should recollect it is less damaging to have one man out of position or playing poorly than two or three - one weak spot is bad enough, don't try to cure it by making more.
The playing was below medicore, the Atlantics doing some very tall muffing and seemed to be totally unable to "get on" to Morgan's pitching at all; one and all seemed to be "off." On the part of the Reds, Morgan's pitching and fielding in that position were the most commendable feature of his side playing. Croft at first base played well while in that position, and ran the bases with speed and judgment. Their batting was very weak, except in the ninth innings, when they earned their only run, and after chances had been offered for their retiring with that one they batted free and hard for seven additional tallies. The Reds have some splendid material in their nine, but apparently need discipline and practice to bring them up to the steadiness necessary in professional ball players.
-St. Louis Republican, April 5, 1875
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