The [Browns/Keokuk] game [of May 12] attracted considerable attention in St. Louis and the various bulletin boards down town were besieged from four o'clock until six by anxious devotees of the game. Telegraphic reports were received of each innings. At the beginning of the game little anxiety was felt for the success of our nine, but when the sixth innings had been bulletined, and showed four consecutive goose eggs for our darlings, and a score of only five to four in their favor, then affairs began to assume a leaden hue and of smiling there was none. The general impression was that if the Westerns ever got to batting Fleet they would pile up the runs fast. Attempts were made at this stage of the game to sell some small pools at Mussey's billiard rooms, but no one felt able to offer more than 6 to 4, and the odds were not accepted. When the report of the seventh innings came and showed four more tallies for the home club and only two for the Westerns, making the totals stand at 9 and 6, then the bulletin gazers took heart and felt that the game was ours. The eighth innings proved a very long one, and as minute after minute stole away and no messenger appeared it became evident that somebody was whaling the ball, but whether Browns or Westerns of course it was impossible to tell. Two small pools were now sold at Mussey's at $15 for first choice and $5 for second, the Browns having the call. Hardly was this accomplished when the messenger boy put in his appearance with the eighth innings report, showing six runs for St. Louis and a blank for Keokuk. This settled the game and the crowds around the bulletins dispersed. Our special telegram shows that in this innings seven runs were scored instead of six as reported by the telegraph operator. It seems also from our special that there was some loose playing in the earlier part of the game, and it was probably the preponderance of time on their score at the end of the sixth innings that nerved our boys to pound the ball for three and seven runs in the two succeeding innings.
-St. Louis Republican, May 13, 1875
My point, if I have one, is that we experience baseball very differently than folks did in 1875. The game is essentially the same but what has changed radically is the fan experience - the way that fans consume the game. Putting on my old man hat, I'll say that I'm not entirely certain that things have changed for the better. While we have all of the information that we need, I think that we've probably lost some of the social aspects of the fan experience. In the 19th century and 20th centuries, baseball fandom was a social activity and, with the advance of technology, I think we've lost some of that.