Pitcher: George W. Bradley of Philadelphia, late of the Easton club, who enters the professional arena for the first time next season. His style of pitching is a swift underhand throw, strictly legal and very difficult to hit, as is shown by his record of the season of '74...He is also a very safe batter, having averaged two base hits to a game during the last season. He is, besides a first class third base man.
Catcher: Thomas P. MIller, also of Philadelphia, who caught for the Easton and Athletic clubs during the season of '74. His playing with Bradley has been often remarked by the Eastern papers, his pluckiness, agility and accurate throwing to bases being especially noticeable. He is also a splendid short stop, and is very strong at the bat.
First base: Harmon J. Dehlman of Brooklyn, who has played in that position for the Atlantic during the last season. He has no superior in playing his base; is a quiet, easy and reliable fielder; is a strong batter and is second to none in running bases. The club is to be congratulated on securing his services.
Second: Joseph V. Battin of Philadelphia, a young player who has held the position of second baseman and short-stop of the Athletic nine of 1874. He is also a good third baseman, having filled that position so acceptably upon the Easton nine of 1873 as to cause his transfer to the professional arena last spring.
Short stop: Richard J. Pierce of Brooklyn, who is too well known to the patrons of the game to need any extended notice from us. At short, he has no superior, and is to-day the best batter in the professional arena.
Third base: William Haug of Philadelphia, who played that position for the Easton club during '74; he is not what is called a "showy" player, but is a careful, accurate and sure fielder, and a beautiful thrower to bases. He is also very strong with the stick, having led the batting score of his club this season, his average being 2.10 base hits per game.
Left field: Edger E. Cuthbert, late of the Chicago club, who has been before the public several years and is acknowledged to be one of the very best fielders in the country, a superb catcher and a very strong batter. That he will sustain his past reputation, no one will doubt, and he is a valuable acquisition to the club.
Centre field: Lipman Pike of Stamford, Conn., late of the Hartford club, an old, reliable player, who doesn't know how to drop a ball, and whose record at the bat is unexcelled. He is also a fine short-stop and an excellent second baseman, and in running bases has no superior and but very few equals.
Right field: Charles C. Waitt of Easton, Pa., who has made a brilliant reputation during the past season as a fielder and as a first baseman. He is a strong batter, a fine base runner, and will make his mark next season.
Substitute: Francis Fleet of New York, late of the Atlantic nine, who is considered one of the very best general players in the country. His catching this season for Bond, who had successively used up Farrow, Ferguson and Knowdell, excited great admiration. He is also a fine pitcher, can play any base in first-class style, and is a reliable out-fielder, so that he can take the place of any disabled player on the nine and fill it acceptably.
John F. McMullin of the Athletics signed a contract with the club and was to have played centre field, but for some unexplained cause broke faith, and it is understood is to play that position for the Philadelphias.
Charles Fulmer will play with the club if the Philadelphias do not comply with the terms of his conditional engagement with them, in which event he will play third base, at which he is perhaps stronger than Haug, although an inferior batter.
It is understood, also, that Thomas Barlow, late of the Hartfords, will play with the club. He will be right fielder and change catcher, and will also play short stop in Pierce's absence.
-St. Louis Republican, December 6, 1874
A few more things:
-I have part three of this long article from the Republican coming tomorrow, with some interesting stuff about Mase Graffen.
-I'm still working out how I'm going to do this 1875 project. I think how the Browns and Reds were put together and decided to enter the National Association are important parts of the story and I'm obviously going to cover that. I'm also going to cover all of the NA games played by the Browns and Reds, as well as go over the trouble the Reds experienced in late June/early July that led to the club not playing any more NA games. The amateur championship is important and I'll try to cover as much of the Empire Club's season as I can. Plus whatever else I find and can put together. That's a lot of stuff and this project will obviously take some time to complete. Get used to hearing about the 1875 season.
-I love the description of Tom MIller's "pluckiness." If Fire Joe Morgan had been around in 1875, they would have had fun with this. But maybe Plucky Tom Miller was the first in a long line of St. Louis ballplayers who were chock full of scrappiness.
-And, yes, I will be using "Browns" as a way to identify the Brown Stockings club. The shortened nickname was used in 1875 and it's much easier to type "Browns" than it is to type "Brown Stockings." And I will also continue to refer to the Browns' pitcher by his full name - George Washington Bradley - out of respect. And I will also continue to refer to their shortstop as Bad Dickey Pearce - because Bad Dickey is a cool nickname.