The feature to-day in St. Louis will be the long talked of base ball match between the famous White Stocking club of Chicago and our new Brown Stockings. In former years Chicago has come down here with her professionals and made short work of our amateurs. Whatever the result of the match to-day, Chicago will not carry away a ball without working for it. It is impossible to guess at the result, as both nines are really new ones. The White Stockings made a very poor average last year, but they have some five new men this year and consequently their last season's play counts for nothing in an estimate of their play this season...
Order of striking for the two nines in today's game:
The Whites will arrive in the city early this morning, and take rooms at the Southern. They will proceed by their own conveyance to the Grand Avenue park, where the game will commence at 4 P.M. sharp.
The park has now a seating capacity of 4,500, exclusive of the reporters' and scorers' stand. Along the eastern side of the grounds substantial tiers of comfortable, roomy seats have been recently erected, capable of seating about two thousand spectators. The public will also be pleased to discover that the lowest tier of seats is amply high to enable the spectator to see the game over the heads of those who may be compelled to stand on the space between the seats and the neat fence that has been built from the catcher's fence to the extreme right field. This fence being solid prevents the ball from slipping out or small boys from slipping in. On the south side of the grounds is the new pavilion, capable of seating 2,500 easily, and roofed in from the sun. Above the pavilion seats are the scorers' and reporters' stands, each club and each newspaper having its regular allotted space. This is a feature which commends itself strongly to the usually much-jammed and pushed-about ball reporter. If for no reason than this, we hope the Browns will warm the Whites to-day.
It is quite likely that some six or seven thousand people will witness the game to-day. In fact, as we heard an old fellow say, "I am going if it takes a leg off."
Betting here is even on the result. In Chicago it is said to be 100 to 75 on their own club, but a gentleman known to us called at the Chicago headquarters and tried to bet $100 even, but could find no man who had the necessary backbone. Pools were sold last night at Mussey's billiard saloon.
Apropos of betting came the following telegram and answer which passed between Chicago and St. Louis:
Chicago May 4 1875
To W.C. Steigers, Times office, St. Louis, Mo.:
I am authorized to ask of you if the St. Louis club will bet one thousand dollars against the Chicago club on the result of the coming match. Money up; answer.
Ralph A. Ladd, Grand Pacific hotel, Chicago.
On receipt of the above, Mr. Steigers, who is acting president of the St. Louis club, replied as follows:
St. Louis, May 5, 1875.
To Ralph A. Ladd, Grand Pacific Hotel, Chicago.
The St. Louis club will not gamble. I think individuals here will accommodate you with any amount from $ 1,000 to $10,000.
-St. Louis Republican, May 6, 1875
My favorite part of all of this is Steigers' reply to Chicago's betting offer. Considering the history of the Brown Stockings, to say that "The St. Louis club will not gamble" is a bit ironic.