Unfavorable weather kept down the attendance, and the game was called in the first half of the sixth on account of rain. Hawlew's wild pitching gave eight men first base, which, with the Browns' five hits, resulted in five runs.
-Sporting Life, May 1, 1897
The game scheduled for April 23 was rained out and this game, on the 24th, was rain-shortened. This was, is, and probably always will be a pattern in St. Louis. It rains in St. Louis in April. The Empire Club had problems in April during the early 1860s trying to get games in and I've been to a few Opening Day games in the rain. I know that April showers are not unique to the St. Louis area but I note this simply because these April rainouts do pop up a lot in the history of St. Louis baseball.
Also, I really shouldn't pass up the opportunity here to note a win by the Bad News Browns. This is to be a rare occurrence and it's only one of twenty-nine that I'm going to get to talk about. Sure, it was a rain-shortened game but a win is a win. Two games into the season and the Browns are at .500 and only two back of first. Things are looking pretty good.