It may be possible to get up a meaner day than yesterday was for playing a match game of base ball, but we don't think it has ever been done. To say that it was windy at the Red Stocking park does not approximate the fact. To say that reporters held their scores in their teeth and sat on their notes to weight them down still falls short of truth. Some idea of the force of the wind can be had if one thinks of a ball knocked high and far into the field coming back by the force of the gale in a kind of boomerang fashion, to the catcher.
Such a breeze circulated yesterday. It is strange that under such circumstances the best professional game on record should have been played. Until yesterday two to nothing was the smallest known score; now the match of the Chicago Whites against the St. Louis Reds heads the list with one to nothing. With the exception of the score, however, there was little remarkable about the game. It was a surprise to the friends of the Reds and an honor to themselves. The victory was a worse disgrace to the Whites, however, than the defeat given them by the Browns. The Reds, although professionals, are the same club they were last year and with the exception of Sweazy, are all St. Louis boys, and mere tyros in base ball compared with such old veterans as Zettlin. Zettlin was a professional ball player when the Reds were yet shedding tears over the multiplication table. Chicago can let up on its cry about our hired talent, when a band of our young men can come within an ace of completely skunking its best hired players. One of two things is very certain, either St. Louis is coming up in ball-playing or Chicago is going down.
The game yesterday was marked by a number of errors on both sides, wild throws were numerous in the Red, and not wanting in the White field. Higham dropped a number of fouls, and in the fifth innings having had a finger put on him by a bat, went to the field and Hastings came in. Flint, the boyish catcher of the Reds, did very well indeed, and had only one passed ball. If he were a good batter he would be immense. On the part of the Whites the Hastings and Glenn made the best fly catches, while McSorley won the honor on the Reds. In the batting department Oran made first base three times, two of them being earned. Blong pitched much more regularly than he did last year and had very few balls called upon him.
The umpire, Mr. Schrader, who served in the same capacity in the Empire game Monday, was entirely fair, but he overdid the thing in the way of calling strikes.
-St. Louis Republican, May 12, 1875
I think this game should be a bit more famous or celebrated than it is. I love 1-0 games. Back in 1994 or 1995, I watched Greg Maddox beat the Cardinals 1-0 twice in one week. It was amazing and convinced me that Maddox was the best pitcher I ever saw. But the funny thing is that I put together a list of the top twenty games in the history of 19th century St. Louis baseball, back at the old site, and this game didn't make the list, although I think I did give it an honorable mention. So even I kind of don't give the first 1-0 game in the history of professional baseball its proper due.