Robert Caruthers, whose portrait we present to our readers this week, has earned an enviable reputation in the professional arena as a pitcher and batsman, although he is now only about twenty-one years of age. He was born in Memphis, Tenn., but was, however, reared in Chicago, Ill., where he learned to play ball. His first professional engagement was with the Minneapolis Club in 1884, alternating in the pitcher's position and at left-field. His most notable feats were retiring the Quincy Club for one hit and the Milwaukees for two hits. He finished the season of 1884 with the St. Louis Browns, having been engaged by President Von der Ahe after the Minneapolis Club disbanded on Sept. 3. Caruthers pitched his first game with the Browns against the Athletics on Sept. 7, 1884, and won twelve out of the thirteen games that season when he was in the box. Caruthers continued with the Browns, and pitched in fifty three championship games in 1885, when he outranked the pitchers of the American Association by having the smallest percentage of runs scored off his very swift and deceptive delivery. He held down the Metropolitans and the Pittsburgs once each to one hit that season. Caruthers' pitching and batting greatly helped the St. Louis Browns in winning the championship again in 1886. He played in eighty-six games last season alternating as pitcher and at right-field, and was tied with Hecker for second place in the batting averages of the American Association. On May 29 he made five successive safe hits, including a triple, double and three singles, and retired the Athletics for a like number of scattering hits. His greatest bit of batting, however was in the St. Louis-Brooklyn game Aug. 16, when he pounded Porter's pitching terribly, getting in two home-runs, a two-baser and a three-bagger. The ast his seemed good for another home-run and he attempted to make it but was thrown out at the home-plate. Caruthers prevented the Metropolitans from scoring more than one safe hit July 17, and that was a scratch in the ninth inning. On Oct. 19 he shut out the Chicagos, only one hit being made off him, and that by Gore, who had led off in the first inning. Caruthers was again in the box on the occasion of the sixth and deciding game between the St. Louis Browns and Chicagos for the "world's championship," and the League champions made but six safe hits in ten innings, and, in fact, scored only one hit after the fourth inning. The subject of our sketch, besides ranking high both as a pitcher and batsman, is also remarkably clever in the outfield and is one of the best base-runners of the St. Louis Browns, who are acknowledged to have no superiors in that respect.
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