At 2 1/2 P.M. all were ready, and the Umpire sung out play. Hickman took the bat, Robinson, Binford, Lintner, Franz and M. Millet getting each a tally. Charleston followed with eight runs, Hequembourg getting two tallies on the first inning. Hickman came back with a white-wash, while their contestants scored ten on the second innings, Holaway, Danforth and Billy Sayers making double runs, and Danforth and Day making home runs. In the third inning Lintner only got in a run for the Hickman Club, and for our side Wm. D. Sayers made a home run. The score at this stage of the game was 19 for Charleston, and 6 for Hickman, so the latter concluded to get down to their work on commencing the fourth inning, sending the ball over the fielders' heads, making easily their second and third bases, and M. Millet and Binford putting in two home runs. The Hickmanites scored ten in this inning. Charleston followed with only a single run, made by John Holaway. Our antagonists took the willow in good spirits, and again, one after another, got their balls in long field, amid immense cheering from their friends. They added nine more to their score in this inning, Lintner getting in a home run. Five innings for HIckman with a score of 25, and four for Charleston with a score of 20. Our boys came to the bat somewhat cautiously, and managed to tally eleven runs to this inning, Hequembourg pushing in a home run. Six ahead on even innings. Hickman followed with a succession of mishaps - M. F. Millet being caught out by Charlie Heq., Robinson put out at second base by Billy Sayers, and Judge Wilson at first base by a ball thrown by Ab. Danforth to Huff Sayers. Charleston then took possession of the bat again, and stubbornly retained it until they had scored nineteen runs - Holaway and Danforth getting in three tallies each on this inning. Hickman again followed with bad luck, and three were soon out without any addition to the socre. Our boys then followed with nine runs and out, and it being dark, the Umpire called the game closed on the seventh inning...[final score, 59 to 25 in favor of Charleston.]
The Charlestonians done some miserable catching and fielding during the first four innings. Fly balls were sent into their hands, but it appeared impossible for Sam Day, Steph. Thomas or Moran to hold them. The three basemen made several muffs; Charlie and George had failed to gather in one or two fly-catches, and for a time it appeared that Holaway was the only one "pitching in" in earnest. From the commencement of the fifth inning to the close of the game, they woke up and all went in with a "vim," and we saw good playing from that time on, especially by pitcher, catcher, and basemen.
The Hickman "nine" did not show the perfection of our phalanx. Their first and second basemen (Steagala and Buck) were excellent in their positions - the pitcher and catcher were good - but their third baseman and fielders have considerable to learn before they can be considered good players. Their third base could not hold the balls, and the fielders appeared to dodge instead of trying to catch the fly balls sent to them. Their long throws to bases or home were good, but catching miserable. The members, however, are all good batters, and if they could run and steal bases equal to the Charlestonians, quite an addition would be made to their score sheets. Lintner, the pitcher, professes to be well posted in the game, but how he was accustomed to play in Louisville years ago was a poor criterion to work by at the game on Wednesday. He raised a squabble at one time, demanding a referee, when, if he had consulted with the rules of the National Association for 1869, he might have known that such could not be allowed. But his dissatisfaction with the Umpire had but little effect with their members, and the game was continued without further annoyance from him.
At the close, Capt. Hequembourg proposed three cheers for the Hickman Club; also three for the Umpire (Charles Delay) and the Scorers (Dr. Faris, of Hickman, and C.H. Moore, of Charleston,) when the bats, flags and bases were gathered together, and we all got into conveyances and went to town.
-Charleston (Mo.) Courier, October 8, 1869
-When I was typing up yesterday's post about the actual travel to Hickman, I keep thinking about how this was 1869 and the Red Stockings of Cincinnati were on tour. In early September, they had played two games in St. Louis and then travelled to California for several games. A few days after the Charleston/Hickman match was played, they were in Omaha playing a game. They traveled all over the country and, I'm sure, faced all kinds of difficulties just in getting from point A to point B. Forget their victories. The Red Stockings' tour of 1869 was a logistical triumph.
-This may be the first time I've ever read of a club giving three cheers for the scorers.
-Billy and Huff Sayers are great names for 19th century baseball players (which, of course, they were).
-They gathered up the bats, flags, and bases. What were the flags for? Decorative? Markers for foul territory? I could dig around a bit and come up with some kind of an answer but I don't really feel like it.
Tomorrow, we'll wrap this up.