[From the Times Report.]
The Chicago White Stockings arrived here this morning, jaded and worn out by a night's ride from Keokuk, and ill-fitted for a game of ball. Furthermore, they had been playing between showers on wet ground, and were not prepared for a perfect field, as was presented here. Then, too, their talk and manner during the early part of the day gave evidence of over-confidence. On the other hand the St. Louis club were on their mettle. Everything was staked on the opening game. They were in perfect training and practice; they played carefully and warily. The White Stockings showed their lack of condition in every movement. Such considerations as these will aid in comprehending the remarkable game of this afternoon, by which the Chicago club was defeated in a score of 10 to 0. The pitching of Bradley was the secret of the St. Louis success. As will be seen from the score the White Stockings made only four base hits.
The game was witnessed by 8,000 people, including many prominent citizens.
Jimmie Wood says to-night that the St. Louis club plays better than he expected, but promises an altogether different game on Saturday. The Whites take the defeat philosophically.
About $10,000 changed hands on the result.
[From the Inter-Ocean Report.]
St. Louis, Mo., May 6. - St. Louis is wild to-night over the crushing defeat administered by the home nine to the Chicago ball tossers, the worst ever sustained by that club. Six thousand persons were in attendance at the park, and at 4 o'clock, Warren having lost the toss, the White Stockings went to the bat. They failed to secure a tally during the game, owing to the faultless fielding of their opponents who made but four errors. Only four base hits were secured off Bradley's pitching, while St. Louis batted Zettlin for thirteen. Peters and Higham fielded splendidly, but all the others indulged in muffinism. Betting, prior to the game, favored Chicago. Bradley won the game for St. Louis, his pitching being very effective, and Miller supported him magnificently.
St. Louis may now in some degree refute Wendell Phillips' disagreeable remarks about brains by pointing to her collection of imported base ball players. With the result of yesterday's game staring blankly at us - very blankly, on the losing side of the score - we reluctantly concede that, in the matter of the purchase and shipment of ball-tossers, at present the St. Louis brain seems to be superior to the Chicago article. In this branch of commerce the supremacy lodges temporarily at the other end of the bridge. Now, in return for this candid acknowledgment, may be not reasonably expect St. Louis to admit that one of the players in the winning nine developed his brain by a three-year sojourn in Chicago; while, per contra, a member of the defeated club came to us with a cerebrum very much the worse for a life-long residence in St. Louis? Chicago and Wendell Phillips will feel warranted in maintaining this theory, whether our jubulant neighbors agree with us or not.
The Chicago base ball club met a reception in St. Louis yesterday. They played a game and lost. Their opponents scored ten runs, and the White Stockings - well, perhaps they will do better on Saturday, when they play again with the same club.
Touching That Little Matter Between Chicago and St. Louis. - The Fate of the Two Cities Decided by Eighteen Hired Men. - Chicago's Three-Fourths of a Dozen Somehow Fail to Achieve Glory. - Owing to the Enervating Influences of a Southern Climate, You Know. - Though It's Possible the Other Fellows Had Something to Do With It. - Anyhow, the Score was 10-0, and Not in Favor of Chicago. - Of Course There Was "A Damnable Umpire," or Something of the Sort. - St. Louis No Longer Wants to Be the National Capital. - And Chicago Is Sorry She Was Ever Rebuilt.
-St. Louis Republican, May 8, 1875