The St. Louis and Chicago clubs will play four matches between the 1st and 20th of May. The first two will be in Chicago...
Dicky Pearce of the professional nine has been confined to the house the past week by a severe attack of bronchitis. He was out yesterday...
The professionals have been by the weather kept to gymnasium and pedestrian exercises. They are chaffing like thoroughbreds for a dry turf and mild weather, to go to leather hunting.
The Empires of this city are getting up a good nine wherewith to retain their hold on the amateur championship, and Maynard, a new arrival from Brooklyn, will probably pitch for them...
Mr. A. Blong has gone to Philadelphia to look after the interests of the Red Stockings and will act as their delegate on the admission of the club into the Professional association.
-St. Louis Republican, February 28, 1875
I always loved the old Caught On The Fly column in The Sporting News. It's always nice to see its historical antecedents.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 1875 Brown Stockings of St. Louis - more or less. Neither Fulmer or Barlow played for the club but they did sign Jack Chapman to split time with Waitt. George Seward and the young Pud Galvin would also see time with the Browns in 1875 but, for the most part, the Republican had the club's roster correct.
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.
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