As thus made up the club stands as follows:
Pitcher - George W. Bradley of Philadelphia.
Catcher - Thos. P. Miller of Philadelphia.
First Base - Harman J. Dehlman of Brooklyn.
Second Base - Joseph V. Batten of Philadelphia.
Third Base - Wm. Haug of Philadelphia.
Short stop - Richard J. Pierce of Brooklyn.
Left field - Edgar C. Cuthbert of Chicago.
Centre field - Lipman Pike of Hartford, Conn.
Right field - Charles C. Waitt of Easton, Pa.
Substitute - Frank Fleet of New York.
The club will be managed by S.M. Graffen of Philadelphia, who virtually managed the old "Olympic" of that city for years. His long acquaintance with the game, and his previous experience as manager constitute him perhaps as good a man for the position as any one who could be found. It was to a great extend under his advice and direction that the club was made up. Traveling over the country almost all the time, and familiar with all the crack clubs and players, Mr. Graffen has selected the club from what he has seen the men do, and not solely on account of their newspaper reputation. Three points mainly have been looked to in their selection - their ability as players, as shown by their previous records, their temperate habits and their adaptability to discipline.
The men will arrive here early in January, with the exception of Cuthbert, who is now in town, and will go into training almost immediately at the St. Louis gymnasium. The regular base ball season does not open until the first of May, but here the game can be enjoyably played in the latter part of March and through April. About the first of February the club will make its first professional trip, which will be to New Orleans.
Nothing definite yet has been done in regard to obtaining grounds for the club, but a conditional prospect is held out that the club may succeed in obtaining a site more conveniently located, larger and better adapted for the purpose than any yet used in the city.
-St. Louis Republican, December 6, 1874
The other interesting thing here is the mention of what grounds the Browns would use and I believe that question had an impact on the decision of Thomas McNeary to have the Reds join the NA. McNeary was involved in the organization of the Browns at the very beginning and I have no doubt he wanted the club to play at his Compton Avenue grounds. When the Browns decided to play at the Grand Avenue grounds, I think that was the moment when McNeary started thinking about putting his Reds in the NA.
I think these questions - about the Graffen's role and the selection of the grounds - deserve further coverage and I'm going to have to go back a bit further than December of 1874 to do that. So, while I started with this Republican article, the story of the 1875 season begins well before that.
Also, at some point, I'm going to have to talk about the National Association, the 1875 distinction between professional and amateur clubs and the difference between a contract and co-op club. And this is the point in time when I begin to wonder what I've gotten myself into here. I don't even want to think about how I'm going to explain what happened to the Reds.
Welcome to 1875, people. It's much more complicated than you think.