The St. Louis Red Stockings were beaten [in Cincinnati] by the Cincinnatis. They were minus the services of their regular pitcher and first and second basemen. In the fourth inning the Cincinnatis sent twelve men to bat, making eight hits and eight runs. In the next inning ten men went to bat, making six hits and four runs. Then Oberbeck came in to pitch, and in the last four innings only four hits were made off him. White was almost invincible. The fielding on both sides was superb. Mitchell, of Cincinnati, played with the Reds. There was a good crowd in attendance despite the threatening weather.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 21, 1881
I love those 1873-1876 Red Stockings teams and the 1875 Reds are probably my favorite 19th century baseball team. They're not much more than a footnote in the history of the game but it was a good group of players. The 1881 team were really a different club than that group but I have a soft spot in my heart for that Red Stocking moniker. They also don't have much to do with the restoration of major league baseball in St. Louis but I usually don't pass up a chance to talk about the Reds.