The St. Louis Brown Stockings have reason to be proud of the compliment paid them by the general public yesterday. Four thousand spectators were in attendance at the Grand Avenue Park during the afternoon to witness the contest between the Browns and the Cincinnati Red Stockings. This
Outpouring Of The Masses
was undoubtedly due to the skillful and earnest displays that the local clubs have been making this season, and which the admirers of the game have been quick to appreciate. The Cincinnati team is of the semi-professional order, but is hardly strong enough to cope with organizations of the caliber of those in St. Louis. Judging by their display yesterday it would be a very difficult matter for them to defeat either of the St. Louis teams. Their first and third basemen are up to the mark, but no player of the required standard fills any other position. Under these circumstances, the fact that the Browns achieved an easy victory, 16 to 2, was not to be wondered at. Their batting, however, was such a feature of the contest that it more than atoned for all shortcomings in other respects. The display of willow wielding in the second inning was one of the most brilliant ever witnessed on any grounds. Six runs, all earned, something extraordinary in the history of the game, were scored in the inning alluded to. Morgan started the fun, and before the game was ended all the home-players had feasted on the Cincinnati pitching. Baker, Morgan, Billy Gleason and McGinnis played such sad havoc with Bowers’ twisters that he was
Driven From His Position
to make room for Riley. The hits of the day were a home run by Baker and a three-bagger by Johnny Gleason. The visitors also batted freely, each man being credited with at least one hit, Carey taking three as his share. In the field the visiting team was outplayed at every point. Baker again caught throughout the game without an error, and McGinnis, in addition to pitching as well as usual, fielded splendidly. The country can not furnish a more valuable pair, their machine-like work constantly eliciting demonstrations of approbation. Billy Gleason covered short as only he can, getting over a vast area of ground, and always being in the right place when wanted. His brother also had hot work to attend to at third. The contract was satisfactorily filled. Captain Gault was equal to every emergency, and the prettiest piece of play during the game was his reception of the ball from Seward and the way in which he fired it to Baker in time to catch a runner at the home-plate. All of the Browns fielded superbly, but two errors being charged to the team. It would have taken the strongest of league teams to have captured a ball from the boys yesterday, their batting, fielding and base running
Being Almost Perfection.
The best work in the field on the part of the visitors was that of Merney at third, Reilly at first and Pierce at short. Merney had lots to do, and did his work cleanly. The umpiring of Mr. Levis was first class, even the Cincinnati men being loud in their praises of it. They also commented favorably on the generous reception accorded them by the St. Louis public during their visit, and expressed their gratitude therefore. The team returned to Cincinnati last night.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 30, 1881
At some point, we're going to have to go through the roster and talk about how much talent was actually on this team. But I don't think we're going to do that today.