Packey Dillon is the regular catcher (of the Reds), and there are very few better as long as he keeps his temper; the want of control in this respect is the only fault Pack's best friends find with him.
-Chicago Tribune, April 18, 1875
Would you like an example of Dillon's temper in action?
The old Atlantic Club of Brooklyn, N.Y., the second club organized in the United States being antedated by the New York Knickerbocker only, arrived in St. Louis on a tour through the Wild West and showed how it is done in the city of churches to the special edification of the Red Stockings Club and the six thousand St. Louisans assembled at the Compton Avenue park July 21 ...There was much disgust over the Reds’ play. Dillon, catcher, lost his head in the third inning because Redmon made a wild throw over first base and refused to catch; then Redmon went behind where he was not at home, making a “dead give away” of the whole game.
--E.H. Tobias, writing in The Sporting News, January 25, 1896
There was always something going on with this Reds club. There were obvious cliques within the team and a lot of guys not getting along. It's one of the things that makes the club so interesting - all of these characters thrown together on the field and not meshing well. We're going to get into all of that next week. The point today is this little glimpse into the personality of Packy Dillon, who appears to have not much enjoyed playing with Billy Redmond.
I love stuff like this. It's one thing to read a player's stats at Baseball-Reference and another entirely to know what that player was like as a person. A great deal of information about Packy Dillon has come to light over the last few years and we've finally been able to sort out his biography to a great extent. But it's little tidbits like this that help flesh out the information that we have and allow us to begin to understand Dillon as a person rather than just a stat line.