The Chicago Whites and our little amateur-professional Reds play their second game this afternoon at the Red Stocking park. It was currently reported on the street yesterday that the match would be played at the Solari park, on account of damage done the Compton Avenue park fence by the wind of Tuesday, but the damage has been repaired, and the game will be played at the Red park.
On account of the wonderful game played by these two clubs on Tuesday, much interest attaches to the game to-day. While it is not probable, it is by no means certain that the plucky little Reds will not prove too much for Chicago. Attempts to sell pools on the game at Mussey's last night proved useless, everybody having private opinion and some hope, but no money to back either.
Dillon, the injured catcher of the Reds, will not be able to play for some time, and Flint will supply his place for the present. He did so splendidly on Tuesday.
-St. Louis Republican, May 13, 1875
Another disappointment met the anxious ball-tossers yesterday. The game between the Red Sox and St. Louis clubs which was postponed on account of the rain on Saturday last until yesterday met the same fate again.
A change will be noticed in the striking order of the professionals, Cuthbert leading off instead of Pearce. Hague changing places with Dehlman and Battin moving up one peg.
It bothers me that the Republican's baseball writer states that he hasn't seen enough of Trick McSorley to have an opinion about him as a baseball player. McSorley was one of the best players on one of the best clubs in St. Louis and had been a star with the Reds for a couple of years. If you knew anything about baseball in St. Louis, you should have known that McSorley was a good, young ballplayer.
On the other hand, the writer was aware of Packy Dillon's hand injury and the Red's need for a good backup catcher.
The Reds played an exhibition game at the Red Stockings [park] yesterday afternoon with the Elephants, a young junior club, which was won by the Reds...
In a historical context, this game was not nearly as significant as the Brown Stockings-Empire game that was played on the same day. But I've always been interested in the Elephants (and my love of the Reds goes without saying), largely because they had the young Silver Flint on the club.
The professionals had a practice game with the amateurs bearing the ponderous name of Elephants. The game, though one-sided, was a very enjoyable one, the playing on both sides being very even and good. A pleasing feature of the game was the good-natured, steady play of the amateurs; their errors, though comparatively few, considering that it was their first appearance this season, were taken in good part, and instead of grumbling and growling at one another, a praiseworthy determination to retrieve bad plays was evident. Ball-playing of this kind we like to commend, and take pleasure in doing so when the opportunity offers. The professionals played in good form. A wild pitch by Bradley and wide throw by Hague game F. Flint, who had earned his second base by a splendid hit, the only run his side succeeded in scoring. Double plays were made by Levis and W. Flint, and by Chapman and Dehlman.
I just want to point out the appearance of nineteen year old Frank Sylvester Flint in this game. Silver Flint would, of course, go on to a fantastic major league career with Cap Anson's Chicago club.
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