Although the batting of the St. Louis Brown Stockings earned them a third victory over the Athletics of Philadelphia yesterday, bad work in the field cost them the game. McGinnis had a very lame arm, it is true, and could not do justice to his reputation as a pitcher, but if he and Morgan had been supported as well as usual the Browns could have won the game. There was a very fair week-day crowd present, and brilliant work of the visiting team was heartily applauded. They made but three errors during the contest, while their opponents were charged with thirteen. Extraordinary catches in the outfield by Baker and Birchall were features of the game. McGinnis and Baker gave way to Morgan and Seward in the fifth inning. The latter team worked together admirably, but were not supported in anything like first-class style. The Browns earned their four runs on hard hitting. But two earned runs were due the Athletics, one in the first and one in the second inning. The umpiring of Mr. Levis was simply perfection. He is undoubtedly the most competent man for the position in the city. Although the Browns were routed yesterday, their friends were satisfied at the result of the series with the Philadelphia cracks, two to one in favor of the home team.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 6, 1881
This was a good series. The Brown Stockings got good crowds for the games and took two out of three from a decent Philadelphia squad that had major league talent on their roster.