The Browns are a hard team to beat. Yesterday afternoon they met the Eckford Club, of Chicago, an organization that tied the famous Dreadnaughts for first place in the race for the amateur championship of Chicago, and defeated them by a score of 8 to 4. It is true this was done on a wet field and with a slippery ball, but it was done for all that. The
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was all with the Browns. On several occasions the Eckfords had men on second and third bases, and as many times were they left by two men going out in succession. The Chicago lads play a very pretty fielding game, and are no slouches at the bat. The score proves this. In base-running, however, they are a trifle backward, manifesting too much timidity. If they had run the bases yesterday as they should the score would have been a different one. Their infield is as good as can be found. Roche, at third, made some wonderful stops and catches. Their first baseman takes in everything that comes his way. The short stop is a fine all-round player, throwing and picking up very well. Sautry covers second superbly.
is a strong one. Sullivan is a very tricky pitcher, while Featherstone supports him well. In the outfield they are also strong. Gillan, who played with the Aetnas of Chicago and in the Northwestern League, is in left. He made himself felt yesterday, missing nothing in the field, while he scored a base hit three times out of four at the bat. The features of yesterday’s game were the foul tips that Seward caught on the head in the second inning, the fine stop of a liner in the third inning by Haley, the Eckfords’ third baseman, the two double plays made by the Eckfords, and the fine throwing home from right by Baker. In fact, take the game, rain and all, and it was refreshing and enjoyable. The Chicago players are prettily uniformed, their colors being white, with blue stockings.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 19, 1881
Now, having said that, there could be, I guess, someone who played for the Cardinals, Browns, and Federal League Terriers but I can't think of anybody. But a lot of those guys from the Terriers ended up on the Browns and it would only take one of those guys playing with the Cards to mess up my trivia question. I did poke around the rosters for the Terriers but didn't see anyone who played for all three clubs but that doesn't mean there wasn't anyone. Unless someone can come up with somebody, however, I still think Jack Gleason has a unique place in St. Louis baseball history.