That first-class ball playing for a reasonable admission fee does more than anything else toward popularizing the national game, was again attested yesterday afternoon by the large crowd in attendance at the Grand Avenue Park, on the occasion of the second contest of the series between the Atlantics of Brooklyn and the St. Louis Brown Stockings. During the night a heavy rain storm visited this city, and those interested thought the good luck as to weather that has attended the base ball fraternity all season was about to desert them, but the opposite proved to be the fact. A finer afternoon for the work in hand could not possibly have been desired by either players or spectators. While the grounds were as dry as a bone, the wetting they had received not only laid the dust, but placed the field in superb condition for playing purposes. There was none of that erratic bounding always incident to a hard infield. The Browns were out in full force, eager to redeem their defeat of the previous day. Seward was suffering from a severe cut in the head and a badly split ear, but pluckly decided to play in the game. This is a good opportunity to state that the Brown Stocking captain has not missed a game this year. Baker’s hand had healed, and as that splendid catcher was himself again neither the team nor its friends feared for the result. McGinnis, too, was in fine fettle, and when these facts became known the betting which had been against them veered around in favor of the home team, and offers to wager even money went begging.
How The Browns Won.
As has been the custom of late, the Browns lost the toss and sent their opponents to the bat. The boys played for all they were worth, and by the sharpest kind of work blanked their adversaries for six innings in succession. McGinnis and Baker were working together with the precision of a perfect piece of machinery, and were being splendidly supported by their associates. In the last half of the seventh inning, after two men were out, Clinton sent the sphere flying to extreme left center, and although the ball was magnificently handled by McCaffrey, Morgan and Baker, he succeeded in beating it across the plate by the fraction of a second, thus securing a clean home run, well earned. Up to the ninth inning the only errors credited to the St. Louis lads were a fumbled grounder by the younger Gleason, his brother having slightly interfered with him, and a dropped fly in center by McCaffrey. After Baker had retired the first two strikers in the ninth inning on fouls, Rip hit to short and reached the home plate on wild throws by W. Gleason and Krehmeyer. The next striker was disposed of by McGinnis and Krehmeyer without trouble, and the game was won. The four errors alluded to were the only mistakes that marred otherwise perfect play on the part of the home team. There was not a wild pitch or a passed ball, nor had anyone reached first on balls, thus denoting the splendid service rendered by McGinnis and Baker. Billy Gleason, in spite of his two excusable errors, was, as usual, ubiquitous. He participated in three double plays; one throw to first after a superb fly-catch, arousing the enthusiasm of the audience. Krehmeyer, who made his debut with the Browns, Gault being under the weather, also covered himself with glory at first, his fine play contributing no little to the victory. All the others played an errorless game, the work of J. Gleason and Morgan being most effective.
How The Atlantics Lost.
The Browns began scoring in the second inning two runs, resulting from loose play in the field and a drive by McGinnis. They added two in the fourth inning, one earned on hits by Baker and McGinnis, and a sacrifice by Magner. Their fifth tally in the seventh inning was unearned, although a splendid hit by Jack Gleason sent the runner across the plate. Larkin’s play at second was the feature of the game on the part of the visitors; Rip’s catching and throwing being greatly admired. While Farrell and Walker also played well they were erratic at times. The outfielding of the Atlantics was not as good as had been anticipated, several chances to secure fly balls being missed. The visitors secured but five base hits during the entire game, two being lucky scratches just out of reach of the fielders. Schenk was not punished as badly as he should have been. There is nothing at all troublesome about his delivery, except that he keeps the sphere away from the plate as much as possible. These clubs will play the last game of their series on Tuesday afternoon.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 26, 1881
A reasonable admission fee is something that the American Association, which was quietly being organized at this time, would push and would be one of the reasons why the Browns would have the highest attendance of any major league club in the 1880s. The four championships didn't hurt but I don't think the club would have drawn as well as they did if they charged fifty cents for a ticket rather than the twenty-five cents that they did charge.
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