McGinnis, the Brown’s pitcher and mainstay, and Baker, their catcher, were both disabled in the third inning of yesterday’s game with the Akrons. To this fact alone may be attributed the defeat of the home team, for while they made as many base hits as the visitors,
They Outfielded Them,
making but three errors to their six. There was a large audience out to witness the struggle. The game opened with the Akrons in the field and Jack Gleason at the bat. He waited for a good ball, and when it came he pasted it to left for three bases. “Brother Will” was lucky, too, reaching first on called balls. He stole second. McCaffrey sawed the air three times and Kemmler dropped the ball on the third strike and permitted it to get by him. Picking the sphere up again, however, he threw it well to first. Swartwood failed to hold the ball there and the bases were filled. Seward, who is always to be relied on in a tight place, stepped to the front. He hit the ball on the line to right center, and before it was gathered the Gleason boys had crossed the home plate. Calling balls seemed to be the order of the day with Devinney, and before any men were out he had filled the bases for the Browns. McGinnis, who was the striker, also
Banged Away At Wind,
forcing a man out at home and third. Magner, the next striker, was given his base on balls. This filled the bases again. McDonald, the next man at the bat, however, proved unequal to the emergency, striking out and ending the first half of the innings. The Browns blanked the Akrons in the first two innings. In the third a ball from Swartwood’s bat took the tip off the index finger of McGinnis’ right hand. As that is the finger with which he does his “curving,” he had to retire, McDonald taking his place. McCaffrey manned second, while McGinnis went to center field. About the first ball McDonald pitched resulted in a foul tip, which hit Baker a terrific blow in the breast, disabling him. He, too, went to the field, Seward taking his place behind the bat. Then the fun commenced. Before any one knew just what was going on the Akrons had scored
Half A Dozen Runs.
They would, perhaps, have scored more but that McGinnis thought it was time to end the circus, and he and Baker walked into the field again. There was great cheering over this. It revived the waning hopes of the friends of the home team. McGinnis, who had plastered his finger up and rolled a spool of thread around it, went in and pitched well-so well, indeed, that no more runs were scored by the Akrons in that inning. In the fourth the Browns earned two runs, McGinnis and Magner reaching their base on hits, and Gault batting them in. In the next inning the teams scored one each. It was dark when the seventh inning was commenced. The Browns were retired on high hit balls. The Akrons, in the last half of the seventh, had things all their own way. It was so dark the Browns could not see the ball, and the visitors scored three runs before they were retired. The game was full of strange incidents. Both McPhee and Stockwell
Received Hard Blows
On the side of the head by the ball striking and glancing from their bats. After receiving his blow, Stockwell, just for spite, hit to left for three bases. The Akrons play a strong game, their fielding and base running being very good. They are as fine a looking lot of ball tossers as are to be seen. In to-day’s game the Browns will appear with their regular team, McGinnis will pitch. Last night he had his finger sewed up and will have to wear a glove to-day. Baker’s hurt amounted to nothing except for the moment. He was badly winded.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 28, 1881
Also, I'm shocked - just shocked - that Dan Devinney would be involved in some questionable umpiring. Why they still allowed this guy to umpire games is beyond me.