This afternoon and to-morrow the famous old Atlantics of Brooklyn-pioneers of the national game-will cross bats with the St. Louis Brown Stockings at the Grand Avenue Park. The game that was to have been played between them on Monday has been declared off in respect to the memory of the late President. In the Atlantic team are to be found such veterans as the catcher Barnie; Bond, whose pitching won the national championship for the Bostons; Larken, who pitched for the Chicago men when they won the pennant; Farrell and Mansell, of Syracuse Star fame; Walker, of Buffalo; Schenck, of Troy, and Repschlager, of Philadelphia. The Browns will place their strongest team in the field, McCaffrey being in charge of first, while Cuthbert will resume his old position at center. The Browns and their friends thoroughly appreciate the strength of their guests, and all will be satisfied if the home team succeed in winning one of the two games. That they will do their utmost there is no doubt.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 24, 1881
President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881, and, serendipitously, I posted something about this last week. His body laid in state at the Capitol from September 21 to September 23. His funeral train left for Cleveland the next day and his body, again, lay in state for public viewing on the 25th. He was finally buried, in Cleveland, on September 26, the day the first Brown Stocking-Atlantic game was scheduled to be played. It makes sense, therefore, that the game was cancelled.