1879 Chicago White Stockings Notes, from Chicago Tribune and Times
Several years ago, I did a fair amount of research on the 1879-87 Chicago White Stockings, focusing on Cap Anson. That included a block of time I spent going through the Chicago Tribune from late 1878 and all of 1879.
After the jump, find my notes from that research. (At the end, there are some notes from the 1879 Chicago Times, as well. Passages are almost always verbatim; my personal commentary is indicated by square brackets. These are exactly as I typed them, which means there are plenty of abbreviations (I hope you can make sense of them; most of them refer to names), and there are even more typos. Sorry about that.
Since I’ve abandoned my 19th-century baseball research, I hope this can be useful to someone. See also my file of 1879 White Stockings box scores and my 1879-87 White Stockings notes from the Hall of Fame Library.
Sept 15, 1878
“the Chis of 1879”
The Club have secured the following men for the season of 1879:
F Larkin (chi); p
Frank S. Flint (Indy), c
Anson (chi), 1b
Quest (Indy), 2b
Hank (chi), 3b
Peters (milw), ss
Shaffer (Indy), rf
E.N. Williamson (Indy), not placed
Very few words of comment are needed as to any of these men; they are all well known. Larkin has unquestionably done the best pitching of the year, and the Club has notlost games through him. Flint is, most people think, the best catcher int eh country, and his performances for the last two years have fairly won him the title. It would be superfluous to say anything to Chi people about Ans; he plays to win, and is one of the few men in the country who don’t care for a personal record, or, rather, who thinks more of his Club’s record than he does of his own. He has not played first base since 1875, but nobody will doubut that he can play it if he says he will. Quest was not the best second baseman of 1878, but he was surpassed by only one man, and he is of that temperament that will make him always try to be best. It was a specially good move to engage Hank. He is, to all intents, a Chi player, because he came here with no reputation and has made himself a prime favorite with the people. He hasn’t learned all there is of the game yet, but if he continues to improve for another season he will be unsurpassed in his position. Already he is the best thrower who playsat third. Peters comes back to Chi after an absence of a year in preference ot going to any other club. He might have had his choice, bu this experience of three years and ahalf here, compared with one outside, has fixed in his mind what is good for him. Sh is well known here and everywhere else as the most energetic, hard-working, and skillful play who has ever filled his field. As a batter and run-getter combined he has no superiors. W has made a fine record for the past two years as a general player, and especially as a third-baseman and batter.
The management have entered into contract with another fielder, whose name they refuse to divulge at present. They assure the people, however, that his is a player of first-class reputation for skill both in the field and at the bat.
The engagement of these eight known, and one unknown men leaves only one, or at most two, vacancies int eh team. A strong fielder and first-class batter is needed, but there need be no hurry in engaging him. The woods are full of good fielders.
There is likelihood, also, that a change catcher will be needed, and if he can play in the field all the better. …
The management of the Chi Club deserve the thanks of the public for the promptness which they have shown this year in getting right into the ring as soon as they could legally do so. They have thus secured the men whom they wanted, and could hardly have improved the team if they had been left to themselves to pick and choose. They have no man on their list for whom there were not other offers.
[“1879 WS” beat picked nine 11-7, W playing on other team so they could have a 3rd baseman.
Yesterday’s record and general play of the new Chicagos was promising and satisfactory, considering that the men are from three clubs and have never before played together. The best playing of the day was unquestionably that of W, who handled himself finely both at the bat and in the field. His stop and throw off Fl int eh seventh inning was a play which few other men could have made. Fl was not so effective as usual, but that is easy to be accounted for; he had never faced Larkin before, and if any one thinks he is any easy pitcher to stand against, he had better take testimony.
Sept 2Sept 22
[“1879 WS” beat modified Indy team 11-7, W playing on other team so they could have a 3rd baseman.
Yesterday’s record and general play of the new Chicagos was promising and satisfactory, considering that the men are from three clubs and have never before played together. The best playing of the day was unquestionably that of W, who handled himself finely both at the bat and in the field. His stop and throw off Fl int eh seventh inning was a play which few other men could have made. Fl was not so effective as usual, but that is easy to be accounted for; he had never faced Larkin before, and if any one thinks he is any easy pitcher to stand against, he had better take testimony.
[“1879 WS” lost to modified Indy team 9-7
Flint was in fine feather, and his batting as well as his fielding were first-class. He caught Larkin with absolute perfection, and demonstrated the gratifying fact that the Chi Club has finally found a catcher.
From a look at W’s play yesterday as well as in the two preceding games, it looks as if the Chi Club had drawn a prize in engaging him. …If he can avoid the paralysis which seems to attack all fielders as soon as they put on white hose, he will hurry the best next year.
“Is he the unknown?”
The Globe has a dispatch announcing that Gore, of the New Bedford Club, has been engaged for the Chis of next year.
The announcement made yesterday that the Chi Club had engaged Gore, of the New Bedford Club, for next season is confirmed, and there is no doubt that Al Sp has made the arrangement. The new man is practically unknown to the West, and he was of course engaged on his reputation and record, which are both excellent.
[Milwaukee played in Chi, including Dal, four games the first week of October
[Gore is not the unknown
[Harbidge and Dal are announced, W is stated as 3b.
Outside papers are already making wild and unauthorized statements regarding the salaries which the Chi Club will pay its players next year. Ans is put down at $2g, Flint at 1800, Dal at 1400 and Sh at 1300.
A Buffalo paper is responsible for the story that Feguson made $3,600 in Chi this season. It says that he had Hank, Harb, Cassidy, and Larkin under contact, and received a bonus from their salaries.
[hank and larkin playing with the Alaskas in NYC
FROM HERE ON, ALL DATES 1879
The Chicagos…resumed that power with the willow and the ash that characterized some of their earlier matches. The game was an enjoyable one from this fact alone, as it is good stiff batting that people like to see at a ball-match, more especially when it is the local players that do the hitting.
[chi is 35-12, prov 30-18, buff 28-18, boston 28-20
Yesterday’s game [was] even better than the one of Th. Althoguh their batting was not so heavy, they had fewer errors, and played a sharp, short, and decisive game. The visitors were somewhat weakened by the absence of McC, who was taken suddenly ill, Riley, the substitute, taking left field. Gilligan, who was expected to play, had a lame wrist, and confined his playing to watching the turnstile.
Flint tossed for choice in place of Anson [why?
Cleveland is not discouraged at the position of its club in the championship contest. It is announced authoritatively that the city “will be represented int eh Lg in ’80, and will have a nine composed of crack players.”
The [buffalo] players have a reputation as kickers, and it behooves the Chi management to object to any umpire save one who will effectually put a veto to chin-music. With a fair field and no favor, the home club ought to win all three games.
[Harry Wright ‘ridicules’ the replacement of Remsen for Gore
The game to-day between Chi and Dubuque opened with Chi at the bat, and it was without doubt the finest game ever played in this city. The Du were unable to hit Hank, while the Chis labored under the same difficulty with Radburn. In the second inning Flint had two joints of his fingers dislocated, and was succeeded by W, Flint playin in center field. The Chis played for all they were worth, but it seemed impossible for them to reach the home-plate. In the third inning the Chis had a splendid chance for runs, but Sullivan and Radburn, by skillful playing, succeeded in retiring Gore on the plate. In the sixth Quest was also caught on the home-plate, retiring the side. The Chis lost the game by the work of Sull and Rad, who caught the Chis every time by short and decisive work. The victory was made only by hard work, and not by errors. The Chis have met their match in the Du champions, and the defeat, although not a serious one, shows the first game played was only lost by bungling errors of the Dus.
…the home club in a disabled condition—short the services of the two most valuable men int eh nine, Flint and Anson. …The home team presented Remsen in Anson’s place at first, Gore in Remsen’s place at center, W behind the bat instead of Flint, and Hank on third. This change looked disheartening to the admirers of the Chis among the 2,000 people on the grounds, but it must be confessed that the team played a good game, and one that would ordinarily win, but not against the luck the Buffalos played in in the last two innings.
Acting Capt. Williamson…
In the ninth inning, the Buffalos tied the game, and Fortune, that fickle goddess, was to blame. Force and McGunnigle went out, and the Buffalos began to park their bats. Eggler made a base-hit. Richardson was at bat, and Eggler made a clean steal to second. Two strikes were called on Rich, when he hit a safe one to Dal, who fumbled the ball, while Eggler came in with the run that tied the game, the stirker reaching seocond on the fumble. Here he was left by Fulmer’s fly to Dal. …
The tenth yielded the Bisons an earned run, on a baser by Galvin—the first time he hit the ball during the game—and a three-baser by Fulmer over Dal’s head. Hank led off with a base-hit for the home-club; but it was a forlorn hope. On Quest’s hit, Hank and the striker were doubled up. Larkin ended the suspense by a fly to McGunnigle.
…especial praise being due W for his good work in his new position. Mr. Gillian deserves nothing but praise for his umpiring and his decisions can be heard all over the ground—a point in his favor.
The game yesterday between the Buffalos and Chis was as unlike the game of the day preceding as could possibly be. … yesterday they played miserably.
Notwithstanding the threatening aspect of the weather, the attendance reached 1,200, and the only enjoyment they seemed to take in the encounter, after the game was lost almost to a dead certainty by the home club, was to cheer each successive misplay of the local players. Nearly every error made by the Chis was a costly one…
Anson—though far from well—will resume his [today] on first; Flint, with his finger done up in lint, will catch; Gore will play center, Remsen being laid off; and the rest of the nine will be in their accustomed positions.
It was almost a reminder of that famous W S-Olympic contest immediately preceding the fire, in which Jimmy Wood’s team piled up nine runs in the last ining after being whitewashed eight times, and won the game 9 to 7.
[After having lost the toss, Williamson] remarked that … he was ocnfident of winning the game.
The ninth was where the good luck and good batting came in, and Peters, who hadn’t made a hit off Galvin in eleven times to bat, hit the ball on his twelfth trial so as to earn a base. W lit on to one and sent it to Walker so fast that rattling first baseman could only partially stop it, the striker getting first and Peters second. Gore followed suit with a safe one on which Peters tried to come in, but was put out at the home-plate on a beautiful throw from Hornung, a close decision by the umpire, Williamson going to third and Gore to second on the play. Sh, not to be outdone by the three previous strikers, sent a beauty to the left field a single, on which W and G tallied, the lattered player being hit on his way to the plate by the ball thrown by Hornung to Clapp to catch him. The ball bounded off Gore’s shoulders, and Sh came down to third while the ball was being recovered. Hank brought in Sh with the winning run on a base-hit, amid some rather loud cheering. Q hit an easy fly to Galvin, and Hank was forced out soon after at second on Larkin’s hit. The Buffs went out regularly and in order…
There were over 2,000 people at the Ball Park yesterday to see the B-C game.
Yesterday’s game was essentially a fly on—“very fly,” in fact. Twenty-four flys were sent up in the air, and all were caught on the return.
The Chis leave at 8 o’clock this evening for Cinci, playing there to-morrow and the following Mon and Tuesday. The postponed game will probably be played in Dayton.
[chi is 36-15, Prov 34-18, Bos 31-21, Buff 30-21
In one inning today the Chis made a magnificent spurt at the bat, and one which, had it been supported by equally fine or even mediocre play, would in the field have won them a proud victory. Their fielding, however, throughout the game was one of the most lamentable exhibitions every seen here. In the first inning the men played their regular positions; but when they went out for the second Flint was forced to cease catching by his injured thumb. W, therefore, relieve him, while Sh went to third base, Gore to right field, and Flint to middle. The change was unfortunate. Sh, in his unaccustomed position, was kept constantly employed, and he failed wretchedly every time but once. The demoralization was shared by everybody in the nine except Flint, who had only one ball to catch, and succeeded.
In the eighth inning a constroversy arose between the Chi men and the ump regarding one of his decisions. Kelly had hit safely into the middle field. He thought the hit worth two bases, and ran with all his speed, turning a wide corner at first base. The ball was thrown in to Q, who had to step back to take it, but remained on the path. The width of Kelly’s turn kept him off the path, and Q failed to touch him. He claimed an out, however, on the ground that Kel should have run down the path, but the ump refused to allow it, holding that the rule referred to cases when a man leaves the path to avoid being touched by the baseman. Chi continued the game under protest. In the midst of the squabble, Kelly ran from the wrangling players and scored a run, nobody being in the field to intercept him but Larkin, and he muffing the ball when it was thrown.
An anecdote related to Flint, the celebrated catcher of the Chicagos. Before he attained celebrity as a player, and while disengaged, the manager of a dizzy-semi-pro club in Minn wrote for his terms. The answer was short, sweet, and paralyzing: “$125 a month.” Where is Minnesota? Dal, the Chi left-fielder, was very anxious to procure an engagement with the Mutuals two years ago at $30 a month, and board himself. Judging from his fielding this season, we should think the Chi management would consider him dear even at that price.—Janesville Recorder
[5-1 loss to cincis, big third inning for them
[mid week standings! Chi is 36-17, Prov is 36-18, Bos 33-21, Buff 32-20
the Chicagos are sadly in need of Ans. Remsen is not a better man in his place.
To-day (aug 12) the men at the bottom of the list did the hitting, but the effect was the same as before, a lucky succession in the seventh inning, participated in by W White, scoring and earning four runs. Larkin labored hard, and succeeded against the heavy hitters, neither McVey nor Dickerson securing a hit, though the former was twice sent to first on called balls. Capt. Flint changed the batting order, but without result.
A heavy rain early in the afternoon rendered the ball grounds very soft and muddy. A hosrt interlude of bright weather came between 2 and 8 o’clock, and the clubs and 175 spectators went to the grounds. The men were in uniform, and practiced in spit of the rain, which began again at 3, and lasted until nearly 4, when it ceased. Ans insisted on playing, but McV refused, and called his men off the grounds. No ump having been agreed on, Ans appointed John A Brown, an employee of the Chi Club, and sent his men to their positions. The ball was pitched a few times, and Brown announced the game won by Chi, 9 to 0, to the amusement of the Cinci players. McV says Ans wanted him to play at least one inning, so that the ticket money might beheld, but he refused to treat the spectators thus shabbily, and the tickets were returned.
Capt. Ans, of the Chis, ahs gone to Cleve, to see about it. He is some better, but not yet well enough to play.
Manager Hulbert has gone to Buff. A dispatch was received from him yesterday inquiring as to the condition of Anson’s liver and Flint’s thumb. He was answered that both were doing as well as could be expected.
[att: 1,100, “one of the largest audiences of the season [in Cleveland]”
In the eighth Strief made a splendid running catch of W’s long fly to center field, and made a double play by fielding in to first base in time to cut off Flint, who had gone on to third, he not thinking the ball would be caught.
In the third inning Eden made the longest hit ever witnessed on the grounds, sending the ball far over the right-field fence, bringing in McC and Phillips, and he himself making a home-run.
Peters did good work with the willow, but was chargeable with some bad fumbles in the field. Sh, to, in his fielding was also affected by the general demoralization that seemed to pervade the nine.
No Chi player reached third base. The nearest any came to it was when Peters twice and Shaffer once reached second. From the fifth inning to the close of the game a light rain fell, and Capt. Carey appealed to the umpire to call the game, but Ans protested, and the nine innings were finished.
[personals] The W S can learn something from female base-ball clubs. They msut have aprons to catch balls with.
[prov now in lead, barely: 38-19; Chi is 37-18, Bos 34-22; Buff 33-20
[game postponed to Monday, rain
It is a pretty well known fact that during the past two weeks the aggregation of base-ball talent variously known as the Chis, the W S, the Silk S, Anson’s Gang, Hulbert’s Hired Men, etc., have been bringing disgrace upon this city and execrations upon their own heads by the extraordinarily capable manner in which they have allowed themselves to be beaten by clubs which, a few weeks ago, they would have scorned to acknowledge had nay show of defeating them.
It may not be generally known that the blame for all the disasters which have fallen thick and fast upon the White Stockings for the past fortnight is to be alid at the door of Dubuque—a town somewhere in Iowa—but such is the fact. The Chis had the championship about as good as won before the Buffs came here, when some malignant and enterprising persons in Dub offered to pay the nine’s expenses to that city and back, and present the Club with $150, provided the boys would come out there and play a game. In an evil moment Mr. Hul accepted this proposition, and from that time, as one of the Club officers neatly expressed it, “h-ll was to pay.” The Whites not only lost the little one-horse game in Dub, but they also lost their grip. One of Flint’s thumbs suffered the loss of a nail (neatly peeled off by a foul ball) and Anson’s liver was affected. The thumb recovered, but the liver is still out of condition. In a general way and in ordinary times Mr. Anson’s liver is not, perhaps, a more important affair than any of the internal organs of the ordinary citizen, but these are not ordinary tiems, and just now that liver and its owrkings are the source of intense anxiety to thousands of young men with standing ocllars who are mildly insane on the subject of baseball, and who worship Anson as the only man who can save Chi from ruin. It is a tight place for the town and no mistake. Everybody knows what the trouble is, and people go around the streets with fearful forebodings, and a dead dull pain in the heart. Ruddy cheeks blanch when the championship question is mentioned, and the first question is, “How is Anson’s liver?” Neighborhood gossips discuss the absorbing topic across back-fences and over cltohes-lines, and even the sparkling fusillade of bon mots which is continually passing between members of Chi’s best society is interspersed with practical and solemn observations concerning the internal machinery of the White Stocking first baseman, and possibility of its becoming irreparably damaged.
It is but justice to the officers of the Club, however, to say that they do not attribute the recent defeats entirely to the want of gastric juice in the Captain. One of them was met on the street yesterday, and he expressed himself very vigorously regarding the matter.
“Liver be ----.” Said this overheated person, as he mopped his brow. “What in ---- ---- ---- did Hul want to send th eboys to Dub for, and lose that game? I tell you that hoodoed the whole racket. Do you know what Al Sp says?”
The reporter said he did not.
“Well, I’ll tell you. Al is a quiet sort of a fellow, but you can betcher life he’s warm about this thing. What d’ye ‘spose he says?”
“Well, he says that as soon as ever that bloody club gets back to Chi he is in favor of shipping them to Dub and keeping them there until they win a game. You can bet Al is superstitious about it. He says right out that tere is no earthly use of trying to win the championship until Dub is beaten. And he’s got another notion. That’s to take the cat along. Heard about the cat’s having kittens?”
The reporter confessed that this interesting domestic event had escaped his notice.
“Face, though: got six little black cusses. I believe if Sp had his way he’d take the whole litter along to Dub. He’s worked up terrible. You go and see him.”
The reporter went. He found Mr. Sp in the act of selling a young man a bow and arrow, regarding the wonderful qualities of which he was telling som eOriental stories. After the trick had been taken, he turned to the reporter and saluted him with grim cordiality. He was evidently laboring under suppressed emotion.
“How about this story that you are going to send the White Stockings to Dub ‘for luck’?”
“All nonsense, I assure you. We have an invitation to go there, with the usual guarantee, and, of course, I am infavor of going.”
“Of course you are not going for luck or anything of that kind?”
“Oh no, certainly not—that is, I guess not. You see there might be something in it; anyhow it’s worth trying.”
So when the boys return home they may be expected to leave at once for Dub, cat and all.
[make-up for Sat’s ppd game
[Mccormick was wild
[several of the Cincis were at the game
Anson was sick, and Remsen took his place, and Flint’s hands were sore.
[personals] The Dubuque base-ball club should be secured for Chi next season.
[The Chis[ friends in this city were willing to forgive everything in the past if the boys would only return home and do something worthy of themselves and the city which honors them by its support.
Anson did not play. His liver—the moral turpitude of which in getting out of order at such a critical time cannot be too severly condemned—is still on the rampage, and the Captain was forced to content himself with viewing the contest from the grand stand, in which imposing structure also sat Sp and Hul, and as the Buffs, after licking the W S, proceeded to rub it in, frowns of the most pronounced description chased each other across their expressive features, and their corrugated brows told a tale, the moral of which was only to plain.
Before yesterday’s game with the Buffs was begun Pres Hul confidentially informed the reporters that he had”Put some powderinto the boys,”—meaning thereby that there had been some kind of a consultation between the W S and their manager. …the effect was simply wonderuful, and developed itself soon after the game was begun.
Anson being still unable to play, his place at first base was filled by Gore, and the way the representative from Main handled himself was a caution to all other parties who imagine themselves to be first-basemen.
Quest is not charged with any errors, his throwing to first base was not good, and on two occasions an error was savfedonly by extraordinary stops by Gore, who covered the bag in first-class style. Hank’s pitching was even more effective than in the previous game, the Buffs hitting for but four bases, and one of these hits was a palpable “scratch.”
[chi & prov are 41-20, bos is 39-22, buff is 34-22
[Anson will “absolutely retire” from the Chi Club for the rest of th eseason “on account of serious physical disability.”
But the big man, big in the biggest sense of the word as applied to a base-ball player, stubbornly refused to acknowledge himself sick, and day after day went on the field and played his position—and, more than that, maintainedhis position as the best batsman in the Lg—when most men would have gone to bed and sent for the doctor. Hiw whole sould was bound up in the success of the Club, and he refused to go on the sick-list until failing strength and fresh complications in his ailments fairly forced him to retire. Even then he would make his appearance regularly on the grounds at the usual hour every morning to fulfill his functions as Captain and manager, and not a game was played that he did not wistfully watch from his seat in the grand stand, or, more latterly, an arm-chair on the porch of the club-house.
To say that his loss is irreparable is no reflection upon the other players of the Club, for, as Pres Hul puts it, “Anson would be more than one-ninth of any nine players that could possibly be gotten together.” No man ever held so high a place in the esteem and respect of Chi audiences as that held by Anson; no man has ever been a more notable figure in base-ball than he.
[easy victory for Chicago over Clv
Gore played first base, as an enthusiastic spectator remarked, “like a house afire.”
The Chicagos when at home are obliged to stay in their clbu-rooms from 10:30 to 12 o’clock in the morning, and from 2:30 until 5 o’clock in the afternoon,unless a game is to be played. They amuse themselves by throwing and pitching balls, playing billiards, and practice at archery.—New York Tribune True, every word of it. The magnificent billiard-room, which Mr. Hul has fitted up for the boys is constantly the scene of the most exciting contests, and, as for archery, there is scarcely a moment when the air is not streaked with arrows.
Mr. Miller, of Cinci, who umpired yesterday’s game btw the Chis and Clvs, can be safely set down as a conspicuous and well-defined failure in tehposition which he occupied.
[bad call on Phillips grounder to Quest
[bad ball-strike calling on Gore in the 6th with runners on second and third, caused Flint to have swing at everything
[Cincinnati Miller kept trying to beat the WS
The Whites were now one run behind, but they went in [to the 8th] with a will, and knocked out five tallies and a victory … Remsen was out at first by Gl to Ph. Dal sent Ph a grounder, which was beautifully muffed, the striker reaching first. A passd ball let him to third. Peters brough in the run that tied the game by acorking base hit to right-field, reaching second on Eden’s fumble of the ball. W followed with a bounding base hit over Gl’s head, and on Sh’s safe fly to left Peters and W tallied, the latter having previously stolen second. Sh went to second on the play, the ball being thrown home in a vain endeavor to head off W. A passed ball let him to third, and he ran home after Gore’s high fly to right had been caught by Eden. Fl cracked the ball safely to left for one base, and onPHillips’ muff of the throw-in went to third. Q’s grounder to Carey was well picked up, and Flint caught between third and home. Kenn threw wildly to third, however, and the Captain came in. McC then caught Q off second, but by Bl’s wild throw to third he reached that base in safety. Hank ended the inning by a grounder to Gl.
President Hul yesterday completed the negotiations between Lew Brown, late catcher of the Prov nine, and the Chi Club, whereby Brown becomes a member of the White Stocking team. He will join them at Buffalo, playing first base. It is not known what member of the present nine will be laid off, the matter having been left entirely with Capt. Flint.
The W S left for Buff at 5:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and play there to-day. They will be joined at Buff by Brown, late of Prov, who cannot play in the nine, however, until Sep 1.
[easy victory over buffalo, 6-1
The Chicagos at Rochester: Chi 11, Roch 8 [???
[Prov is 45-21, Chi 43-21, Bos 43-23, Buff 35-24
The Buffalos tied the game in the ninth on a wild throw by Peters and a hard hit by Walker.
Capt Anson’s numerous friends all ov erthe country will be please to learn that [he] has improved since reaching his father’s home in Marshalltown Ia. The following dispatch from him received by the Tribune last night tells the story:
I am better. Perspired freely to-day for the first time in two months. Am confident that I will be well soon.
Jan 19, 1879
Many of the men who have made baseball and the management of those who play it … have harped so long upon this matter of “harmony” that it has become a kind of second nature, whereby their judgment has been sadly warped. Of late a paragraph, started in Cinci, has been going the rounds, in which the general public is solemnly warned to “look out for the Indy element in the Chi club during 1879.” Now the Pres and Mgr of the Chi Club are probably about as astute and far-seeing as any in the business, and in view of this fact any reflection on their judgment or sagacity is in bad taste, and the parties who make ill-advised criticisms on the course of any club in hiring men, are very apt to undergo the unpleasant experience of persons not brought up in New Zealand who indulge in the pastime of throwing boomerangs… the question of whether or not the Chi nine of next season “harmonizes” will probably make very little difference with its play. Some of the men who enjoy the reputation of being first-class kickers and disorganizers, are nevertheless very handy individuals to have around when a base hit or good field play is wanted. Without intending either to arouse the wrath or flatter the vanity of that very amiable and stalwart young man, Anson, it may be said that his reputation as an experienced and prolonged kicker is one that any man might be proud of; but, in spite of those who preach that harmony is everything, he is acknowledeged to be one of the best and most useful ball-players in the country. …It is not possible to get together nine men who could travel around the country eating, sleeping, and paying ball together that would never get out of tune.
The building erected for us in connection with the skating prk at the W S grounds will be used as ddressing rooms and general headquarters for the ball-players hereafter.
March 2, 1879
[upcoming league meeting, will discuss whether managers and scorers allowed on field, also the issue of how to select umpires, current method allows for home-field advantage, and umpires who need to show they are “honest” by favoring the visiting team.
Our latest advices from Chic state that none of their Club has yet reported, except it is occasionally for a V or an X.—St. Louis Post
Capt. Anson, of the White Stockings, reached Chi a few days ago, and will remain until the close of the playing season. The balance of the nine is distributed as follows: Harbidge, Schaffer, and Williamson in Philadelphia; Flint and Peters in St. Louis; Gore in N Y, Quest in Allegheny; Dalrymple in Warren, Ill.; Larkin and Hankinson in Brooklyn.
The base-ball season is almost here, and aspiring young men are “cramming” on the new rules, in order that they may give the utmost dissatisfaction as umpires.—New Haven Register.
[lots of coverage of what appears to be a marathon pedestrian race, as well as Capt. Boyton, who is swimming a very long distance
For the first time in his brilliant career as the champion pedestrian, O’Leary [Dan] has flunked. Whatever charges may be made about selling the great match, and many are made, nobody who saw O’Leary when he gave up his place in the contest could doubt that the man had walked as long as he could keep his legs. He was so used up that the reports that he was dying were considered not at all improbable.
In the East it is generally thought that this subject of admission rates will be brought up for regulation at the meeting of the Lg to be held at Buffalo on the 24th of the present month. Whether it will or not, The Tribune does not pretend to say, but one thing is certain: that any change from the present tariff will result disastrously to the club that inaugurates it. This is all. There is no club in the West that has any notion of changing the present custom, but in the East there is a feeling that, as the people have beeen accustomed to pay but 25 cents to se games, they will stay away if a higher price is charged. Especially is this the case in Syracuse, the Stars of which city were recently admitted to the Lg. The wildest kind of prophecies are made by the papers of that city as to the utter desolation that will overwhelm the Club in case the tariff is raised from 25 to 50 cents. The [Syracuse?] Times of a recent date devotes a column to the subject, and says:
First, it is only too apparent that in a city of the size of this, and in times like the present, it is not too much to say that attendance in Newell Park will be cut down 40 or 50 per cent by this heavy tax for admission. A great element in the patronage of ball games everywhere comes from the middle classes of society-mechanics and laboring men. To all such, 50 cents admission means almost total exclusion from the grounds. Such men not only sacrifice the price of admission when they attend a ball game, but also for a quarter to a half a day’s times. It is different from almost any other kind of amusement, which can be attended in the evening, after the day’s work is done. Below this element are hundreds of ardent lovers of the game among the lower classes, who, although many of them might suffer no loss of time, would be kept out of the grounds solely through their utter inability to command the price of admission.
…But, on the subject of a 25-cent admission, Syr and every other city will find that low prices will not work. The clubs composing last year’s Lg were unanimous on this point, and those of the present season are nearly so.
Spalding & Bro. are making a practice-uniform for the Chi nine. The regular uniforms will not be manufactured until the man are all here, and their measures can be taken.
Capt. Anson, of the White Stockings, came down-town from his southern home one day last week, and shook hands with his acquaintances. He reports himself in first-class shape, and thinks the Chi team will do good work during the coming season.
Flint, of the Chicagos, reached town last Wednesday, and will begin practice as soon as the weather permits. Peters and Quest are expected next week, and all the nine will be here before April 1. A first-class amateur player will then be secured, so that the Club will have twelve men, and can put three at the bat while every position in the field is occupied.
The building at the northwest corner of the W S Park is being fitted up as a clubhouse for the men of the Chi nine, one room being reserved for toilet purposes, and another as a reading-room and general headquarters. During the season the men will be expected to report at the grounds for duty every morning at 9 o’clock, and be around during the day.
Williamson, of the Chis, is, by the Philadelphia Item, called the best high jumper in the Lg.
The management of the W S Club have adopted a queer uniform for this year’s Chi team. The uniform will consist of a white shirt and white knee-breeches as in former years, but each player will have different colored cap, belt, necktie, and stripe around stocking at calf of leg. For instance: Flint’s cap, belt, necktie, and stripe will be blue; Larkin’s, brown; Anson’s, gray; Peters’ green; Quest’s, black and yellow; Hankinson’s, scarlet; Williamson’s, maroon; Dalrymple’s white; Schaefer’s, red and black, Gore’s, blue and white; Harbidge’s, red and white. The stripe on the stocking will be three inches wide.
As Captain and manager of the nine, A will undoubtedly give the officers ot eh Club and people of this city a fair amount of satisfaction. If he does not, it will be time enough to talk.
Anson and Flint are the only members of the W S nine that have reached Chi thus far. Peters and Gore are expected this week, and the balance fo the team will be on hand by April 1.
Shaffer, right-fielder of this season’s White Stockings, is a father, his wife having recently given birth to a girl. The young man will reach here soon, Pres Hulbert having received a letter from him to that effect yesterday.
Another important move [at the league meeting in Buffalo] was the signing of an agreement by all the clubs which provides that they nor any officer, member, or agent of their respective organizations shall contract with, employ, engage, or negotiate for any player in the employ of a Lg club during the season of 1879 for the season of 1880 prior to Nov. 1, 1879, unless the agreement of which this is a part shall be rescinded at a special meeting of the Lg; provided, that any player regularly released by his club may then be employed by any other club. This agreement is to be operative on after the 1st of next April.
Sec. 13 of Rule 4 was amended to that, as it now stands, a foul ball caught either on the fly or first bound puts out the striker. The rule originally read this way, and at the Cleveland meeting last December the foul-bound catch was abolished. The present amendment is one rescinding that action.
The same action was taken in regard to the striker being put out on the three strikes, the first-bound catch being rendered effective.
The Chicago Club’s Games
Syracuse: May 1-3
Troy: May 6, 8, 10
Prov: May 13, 15, 17
Bos: May 20, 22, 24
Cinci: June 28, 30, Jul 2
Bos: Jul 4, 5, 8
Syr: Jul 10, 11, 12,
Troy: July 15, 16, 17,
Prov: July 19, 21, 22,
Cinci: July 24, 26, 28,
Cleve: July 30, 31, Aug 2
Buff: Aug 5-7
Buff: Aug 19-21
Cleve: Aug 23, 25, 26
Bos: May 28, 30, 31
Prov: June 3, 5, 7
Troy: June 10, 12, 14
Syr: June 17, 19, 21
Cinci: June 24, 25, 27
Cinci: Aug 9, 11, 12
Cleve: Aug 14, 15, 16
Buff: Aug 28, 30, Sep 1
Prov: Sept 3, 4, 6
Bos: 8, 9, 10
Syr: 12, 13, 15
Troy: 17, 19, 20
Cleve: 23, 24, 25
Buff: Sept 26, 27, 29
Gore and Dal, of the Chi team, arrived last week and are ready for duty.
The sale of season tickets to the Ball Park is progressing rapidly, and those desiring particular location should apply at once.
Larkins and Harbidge, of the W S, will reach town next Thursday morning from Bkln. The rest of the nine will be here Wednesday.
The Chicago “Rainbows” is what the Syracuse Courier calls the White Stockings, alluding to the variegated uniforms to be worn by the men this season.
Gore, of the Chis, and Stovey, of the New Bedfords, had a twenty-five-mile walking match recently. After going sixteen miles Gore sprained an ankle and withdrew. The injury was not serious.
The Chi Club rules for the guidance and management of its players are being adopted by nearly all Lg Clubs. One excellent rule is that which prohibits players from talking to reporters during the progress of a game.
“the Silk Stockings” is suggested as an appropriate name for this year’s Chi team.
The club-house, dressing-rooms, and offices of the Chi Club, at the north end of the ball grounds, are completed, and were in use yesterday. In addition to a large dressing-room, the players have another spacious apartment, provided with tables, chairs, etc., where they can smoke, read, or play cards. Lawn-tennis, croquet, quoits [?], etc., will also be provided, so that those who prefer out-door amusement while not engaged in ball practice can be accommodated. The men are required to be at the grounds from 10 to 12 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. every day, so that Capt. Anson can always get the nine together for practice. The office of the Club is distinct from the players’ apartments, and is tastefully fitted up.
All that can be said of the Chi team is that the one engaged for the present season is far superior to any which the Club has had since 1876. In batting it heads the list, and in fielding will be found right alongside of the best. The men have all agreed to behave themselves like gentlemen, and those who do not will be quietly retired to private life. There will be no hot-tempered bully-ragging Captain, as has often been the case in Chi, to demoralize the men and make them lose what little respect they may have had for him. The man in charge of the nine will have complete control of it, and his orders will be carried out.
The Chi team has practiced every day during the past week when the weather permitted, and the boys are now beginning to get “shaped up” a little. “Cherokee” Fisher has been secured to make twelve in the team during the practice season, so that three men can bat while all the field position are occupied. The grounds are being put in first-class condition, and the first game of the season will be played next Saturday against a strong picked nine. The Chi substitutes will not play in this nine.
The Chicago Teams’s first game of the present season was played at the White Stocking Park yesterday in the presence of a few hundred enthusiastic and benumbed spectators, who were treated to an exhibition on the part of the professionals that greatly exceed in point o merit anything that their friends had looked for. … Larkin is laid up with a sore face, and his place as pitcher was taken for the first two innings by Hankinson, Flint catching, after which Williamson and Harbidge passed the ball, “Willy’s” appearance back of the home-plate being greeted with a round of applause.
The feature of the game, however, was a triple play in the fourth inning, and the most extraordinary circumstance connected with it was the fact that during its accomplishment the ball passed only between the pitcher, catcher, and first baseman. At the tim eof the play Furlong was on third, Bowdecker on second, and Sitts on first. Clark hit to Willimaon, who passed the ball to Harbidge, forcing Furlong. It was then sent to first in time to head off Clark, and returned home like a shot by Anson, Bowdecker being caught in the attempt to come in from third.
The Silk Stockings donned their new uniforms for the first time yesterday. They are neat, but not well-fitting.
There is one man in the Silk Stockings (not the Captain) who does too much talking during a game. It is not necessary to mention his name.
Larkin was quite badly injured last Tuesday while practicing at W S Park by receiving a line ball batted by Anson on the side of his head. For a day or two he was rather shaky, but is now doing well.
Anson and Quest are called by the Phil Item “the Alpha and Omega of the silk-mixed, circus-striped, well-uniformed Chicagos.”
The Worcesters have decided that each man shall wear an inch band of a particular color about his hat during the season, the color to be printed against the player’s name on the scorecard, as follows…
[another game vs. picked nine]
…the pitching on both sides being effective [19-8???], especially that of Hankinson, no less than eight men striking out to his delivery, while four were disposed of in the same manner by Larkin and Flint during the first three innings, they retiring at that point in the game for Hankinson and Harbidge, who attended to matters around the home-plate during the balance of the game.
After two attempts the White Stockings have succeeded in playing a really first-class game,–one in which there was but a single error, that being a wild throw by Harbidge to third base. [another game vs. similar picked nine, this time 27-6, picked play was sloppy]
The game was started by the Cincis getting three runs on a two-base hit by Hotaling, the first striker, who sent the ball ove rthe right-field fence; a single baser by Kelly, a muffed bounder fromJ White’s bat by W, and a dropped fly by Q.
The Chis did nothing in the way of run-getting until the fourth inning, when W led off with a cracking three-baser to left field, the ball going clear to the Club office. He came in on Ans’s slow grounder to Gerhardt, the striker being throw out at first, and, as Sh and Q were quickly retired, only one tally was secured. In the sixth they banged away with a vengeance, and succeeded in rattling the Cincis so badly that, with only three base hits, four runs were scored.
[both Flint and McLean had off days
McLean is recognized in this city as the best of all the Lg umpires, but it wouldn’t take many games like that of yesterday to change that opinion very materially
A rather curious incident occurred in the seventh inning of yesterday’s game, the Cincis being at bat. J White struck out, and the ball, not being caught by Fl, was thrown to Ans, who at the time of receiving it was not on his base. The Cincis at once claimed that White was not out, and the umpire agreed with them, motioning to Ans that he was no on the base while fielding the ball. Wh took this motion as an indication that he was to return to the players’ bench, and did so. Then the umpire said he was not out, but in the meantime Anson had planted himself on the bag and, when Wh returned, touched him. Then the ump gave him out. In the eight inn Ans imagined that he was put out at second on Sh’s hit to Foley, the latter throwing the ball to Gerhardt to cut off Ans, whowas running down from first. He was not out, and the ump says he did not call him in, but, anyway, he came.
In the 4th and 5th innings they earned singles, Dickerson making a three-base hit in the fourth by virtue of the ball getting under some temporary seats erected in the right field for to-morrow’s game, being sent in by Foley’s singlebaser to center.
[after six] The score was now a tie, and in the 7th inning the visitors knocked out the tally necessary to put them in the lead, Dickerson making another three-base hit among the temporary seats in right field, and coming hom ewhile Gerhardt and Foley were being retired, McVey, the first striker, having gone out on a foul fly to Flint.
The only unpleasant feature of the game was the continual “chinning” of the ump by the Cinci players. By the time McL had become pretty well worked up over the matter, J Wh began pointing out some clause int eh rules which, he imagined, had a bearing on a decision by which Barnes was put out at second, he having his foot on Q’s, instead of on the base. McL promptly fined Wh $10, and in a short time imposed a similar penalty on W for talking too much. Being of a somewhat senitive nature, McL became angry at the hissing of a few loafers, and at one time left the field, declaring he would ump no longer, but was persuaded to return by Pres Hul, who assured him that he was sustained in his decision by all the decent on the grounds, as he was.
As a rule, Chi audiences are extremely fair…. It is as much a part of an umpire’s duty to keep his temper as it is to keep his eyes open and his head clear, so that he may decide understandingly, for anger leads to errors of judgment, which in turn lead to unpleasant episodes on the ball field.
[“one of the finest holidays Chi has ever seen, at least as regards the weather”
[firecrackers banned, but not stringently, some used revolvers instead
Some outlet was afforded was afforded to the patriotism which could not expand itself in gunpowder by the numerous excursions by rail and water which were bountifully advertised, and liberally patronized. The stores were very generally shut, with the exception of those whose custom is increased on a holiday.
The lack of bunting was remarkable, the display of flags being chiefly confined to street-cars and lager-beer wagons.
[“immense audience, … not as large as it would have been were there no racing attractions at the Jockey Club track.”
Every available seat was taken, and many were compelled to become squatters for the time being on the grass in the outfield, while small boys and large ones pre-empted telegraph-poles and store windows commanding a view of the field. There must have been 5,000 people present.
At the end of the 8th inning for the Chi side, the game stood 3 to 2 in their favor. The first striker fo rthe Bostons in their half—Foley—made a base-hit, and was followed by O’R for a double-bager. With nobody out it looked like a run or two, but by some beautiful play Foley was caught at the home-plate by Peters to Flint, and the next two men went out in order.
[crowd started leaving after top of 9th (Chicago half)
Morrill, in the last half of the ninth for the Bostons, made his first hit in the game for two bases. Hawes followed with an out. Sutton made a base hit, on which Morrill ran in, although he would have been out at the homeplate had not the ball bounded over Flint’s head ont eh throw-in from the field. This tie dthe game, and Sutton got roun to third on the ball passing Fl, Jones came next to bat, and hti to Lark, who thre to Anson to head off Jones. Sutton watched the play, and ran in and scored the winning run before Ans could send the ball to Fl to prevent it.
[Chi is 24-7; Prov is 22-10, Bos 17-15
With the score 5 to 2 against them at the end of the third inning, Capt. Anson and his men went in to win, and did so easily—the score at the finish being 14 to 6.
Hankinson, who made his first appearance this season as a pitcher in a League game, relieving Larkin in the third inning, after the Bostons had made four base hits and earned three runs off the latter’s delivery.
In the fifth, the boys broke loose again and placed themselves in the lead. Q, who was first at bat, went out on a foul bound, neatly taken by Snyder. Peters sent a long fly to center and reached second on O’Rourke’s muff of the same. Williamson sent him to third by a base hit to right. Just then the black cat, “C” was seen making her way across the field at the lower end of the grounds, and the small boys began to yell. Jones, who was in left field the Bostons, picked up a stone and threw it at the pussy, for which gratuitous piece of meanness he was hissed, and subjected to several comments of a not-over-complimentary nature by the crowd. The cat ran away, but she had brought the Chicagos luck, and “hoo-dooed” the Bostons
The receipts from the Fourth-of-July game between the Bostons and Chis—about $2,500—came near being stolen Fri night. The money was put in the safe at the Club-office, and the grounds left in charge of a watchman. About 10 o’clock, while he was overhauling the grand stand seats for sleeping tramps, the watchman noticed that the door of the office was open, and on starting for the building saw three men come out and run away. On reaching the office he found that every preparation had been made to blow open the safe, all the crevice being neatly billed with putty. A bottle of powder, jimmy, etc., told the balance of the story.
Chicago will support Anson for President. Were he elected, they say, there would never be any more complaint about the military at the polls. He would answer the purpose.—Buffalo Express
Owing to the continued soreness of Larkin’s arm, it was found necessary to again put in Hank as pitcher, La going to left field.
[Bond “laid up by a sprained thumb”
In the fourth the game was won. Sh started in by knocking the ball over O’R’s head, tallying on Flint’s grounder to right. Larkin’s fly over second bass was muffed by O’R, who ran in for it, and Fl tallied. Gore sent a grounder to right field, and was thrown out at first base. Hank hit safely to left, Larkin going to third (having reached second on the play by which Gore was retired).
Quest sent a grounder to Burdock, which resulted in a double play, Hank being forced at second base and the striker thrown out at first.
There were several exhibition so fthe worst kind of muffinism on both sides, the lead in this direction, however, being taken by Carpenter, second baseman of the Stars, who seemed utterly at sea whenever a ball was batted in his direction. …. The WS perpetrated three of their half-dozen errors in the second inning, Gore dropping an easy fly, Dal misjudging another, and Hank failing to stop a ball hit to him in the pitcher’s position. The result of these misplays was four unearned runs, and, had it not been for heavy batting in the fifth inning by the Chis, the Stars could not have lost the game.
The longest Lg game of the season thus far was played yesterday between the Chi and Syr teams…
[in the fourth] Richmond hit the bal, and then ran into it, being declared out, according to rule, which fact accounts for the put-out column in the Chi score being one short.
Then the Whites went in and won by a large majority, getting seven runs in the eleventh inning. Shaffer, who was the first striker, hit a safe liner to left, and went to second on Macullar’s double error, effected by Fl’s grounder, he first fumbling the ball and then throwing wildly to second. Q was retired by Carpenter to McG, the others advancing a base apiece. G was sent ot first on ball, and bases were full. Dal hit a hot one right through Farrell, Sh scoring. Then Peters sent the ball ov erh tright-field fence, taking second and bringin g Flint and Gore. W made a three-baser to right, Hank and Dal scoring. Anson flew out to Richmond, W running home. Sh made another base-hit, but Flint ended the fun by a high fly, which Macullar took in.
Jones got away from Chi as soon as possible, reaching Cinci one day ahead of the rest of the Bostons. Even the hotel bell-boys taunted him with having brought disaster on his Club by throwing stones at the black cat.
In the third inning of yesterday’s game, McC, pitcher for the stars, was hit on the left arm by a ball batted by Hank, and injured so severly that, at the close of the inning, he retired, his place being taken by Purcell. Carpenter was then put in, and played right field.
The Bostons had the pleasure on Saturday of knocking Larkin of the Chis out of his position, although he retired, as the Chi papers have it, with a “lame” arm. It is so singular that pitchers never discover this lameness until an opposing team hits them for four or five hits in an inning. –Buffalo Express
[Chi is 27-8, Prov 24-10, Buff 20-15, Boston 17-18
That the game was absolutely thrown away there is no chance to doubt, the very men who are responsible for its loss cheerfully admitting their guilt after the damage had been done, but promising to do better next time.
Dal was perhaps the most disgustingly liberal to the visitors, presenting them with no less than three runs by reason of his simple and unostentatious manner of playing left field. Dal’s ideas of how this position should be played differ very materially from those fo Mansell…
“Champion” was sick yesterday, but managed to get out after the game had been lost and sun herself a little.
[personals] To Mr. Anson: If at first you don’t succeed, Troy, Troy again.
…the Utica Club h ad disbanded. The Captain of the nine was Remsen, who played center-field last year for the White Stockings, and, as soon as the news that he was out of a job reached this city, Pres Hul communicated with him by telegraph with a view to securing his services for the balance of the season. Yesterday afternoon the negotiations were completed, and to-morrow morning Rem will reach here and lpay center-field for the W S in the game with the Troys, Gore being laid off. This disposition of the team may surprise some, as ti was the general opinion that Dal needed rest more than any other member of the nine. That young man, however, says he has braced up effectually and for good, and that hereafter his field will be played in the way it should be. Nobody doubts Dal’s ability, if he only chooses to exert it, and this he says he means to do.
The Chis put their faith in a black cat, and the Cincis in a dog, but Cleve has a cross-eyed boot-black who is a terror to the Forest City ball-tossers. Every time he visits the haunts of the players they give up in despair, as defeat is believe sure to follow – Exchange
Seven base hits is a good showing for Hank’s pitching, as the Troys are heavy batters
Remsen will play cf in to-day’s game unless some unforeseen circumstance should prevent it.
Chicago has proven to be the best ball city in the country this season by a majority of about two to one.
Larkin’s lame arm still troubles him, and was the cause of his non-appearance yesterday. He hopes to be in shape by next week.
His many friends in Chi will be pained to learn that Bradley’s little son is lying dangerously ill at his father’s hom in New York State.
Dear old Aunt Lucy Peppersance, of the Boston Herald, says: “Boston people must have a queer idea of the people in attendance at the ball games in Chi if they believe the cat stoires so harped upon by the papers of that city. It is rather disguting to the reader and lover of base-ball to pick up a paper giving an account of a game, to find the main part taken up by a silly cat yarn, and scarcely anything about the contest. Those reporters need an application of the cat themselves.” It is hardly necessary to say that the opinion o f”Boston people” is not what Chi reporters have in mind when writing their accounts of ball games.
The Troys reached first base but twice after the third inning. …the game being a remarkably short one, and not particularly interesting, except to those who admire weak batting and sharp fielding.
Remsen, who donned Gore’s uniform, was also pleasantly recognized by the audience the first time he came to bat. His fielding was excellent, two flys falling to his late, both being taken nicely. A fine running stop of Mansell’s bounder to center in the first inning was another neat piece of work by him.
[chi wins, prov loses, hank not so effective today
[ad for game on p.7, pick up tickets at: Spaldings, 118 Randolph St.; Clayton’s, 83 Madison St.; Mayer’s, 126 Washington st.
[after Saturday’s game, chi is 30-9, prov 26-14; Bos 21-19; Buff 21-18
[four thousand in attendance
[the crowd] came away disgusted—not so much at the loss of a game as the unwise policy of the home club’s management, which substituted a pitcher who has not been remarkably effective of late for one against whom some of the heaviest hitting nines in the Lg have been unable to secure an earned run. It may be that L’s arm has recovered from the lamness which affected it some time since, bu the change does not seem to have produced a very dicided improvement in his pitching, as he was batted yesterday for eighteen bases, and four earned runs secured. Mr. Hul is doubtless honest in his belief that Larkin is a better pitcher than Hank, bu tth epulic (which, after all, is a pretty good judge of ball-players) thinks otherwise, and thinks so very decidedly. …the home team was unable to secure but one [er] off the delivery of Mathews, a pitcher who was supposed to have been used up several seasons ago.
…in view of these circumstances, the public (which supports baseball) would like to see Hank in the pitcher’s position tomorrow. And it would also be pleased to see Remsen played int eh grand stand, and Gore in center field. Gore may be a poor batter, but in his palmist days of mediocrity he can never hope to equal Remsen in utter worthlessness, so far as batting is concerned.
[L] and Remsen were the ob jects of special attention by the crowd, and the last-named on going to bat in the ninth inning wasted considerable valuable time in selecting a bat—as if it made any difference which one he took. One sarcastic individual advised him to take the bat bag, and another humorous party suggested in stentorian tones that with the aid of the players’ bench he might b e able to provoke a collision with the ball while it was passing between Mathews and Brown.
Sh felt badly about his two errors yesterday, but the public is disposed to view them with leniency, as George is as hardworking a player as the nine contains.
Q and Dal were the only men in the Chi nine yesterday that did not make errors. Dal had two flys in his field, but made some fine throws to the infield. Q did lots of work, and did it well.
The latest novelty in base ball is advertising the umpire as well as the nine that are to play, and one line of the big posters on the bill-boards around town conveys the information that the Chi-Prv games will be umpired by “Williams McLean, Esq.” Billy was greeted with cheers when he appeared yesterday, and his decisions were perfectly satisfactory to both clubs.
Of late the games here have been rendered disagreeable to a large proportion of the audience by the disreputable and ruffianly conduct of a few pool-buying hoodlums, who howl and jeer at every decision of the umpire that does not suit their ideas. They were particularly boisterous yesterday. A few policemen scattered through the west stand would be appreciated.
The game set for yesterday between Chi and Prv was three times interrupted by rain, and as the third shower was a heavy one, the game was called a draw, neither side having made a run. Five innings had been played, a short rest having been taken in the second, when a shower came up, and another in the fourth, neither attempt at rain, however, wetting the grounds sufficiently to make playing impracticable. After York had gone to bat in the sixth inning and made a base-hit to right field, the water came down in earnest, and the game was called, and, after being thoroughly drenched, the 2,000 persons present went home.
There was an excellent chance for at least one taly in the second inning, but the extraordinary and well-known inability of Remsen to hit the ball safely at any time sent the side out for a whitewash, and not only this, but discouraged the men.
Why such an utterly worthless batter should be kept in a nine when men like Hank, Gore and Harb are laid of fis something that the public cannot understand. Remsen, in the four games played by him, has not made a solitary base-hit, and probably never will. In his poorest days, Gore was always good for at least one base-hit per game, and lately Hank has been doing even better than that. The patrons of the game are more than disgusted wit the action of Mr. Hul in laying off Gore and replacing him with a wooden man, and have expressed their disapproval of the scheme in a very emphatic manner. The idea of re-engaging men who were let go at the end of last season because of their poor playing is an entirely original one with Mr. Hulbert, and not at all to his credit. The sooner Gore is given a chance the better it will be for all concerned.
The same clubs play to-day, and yesterday’s game will be played off to-mororw. Th’s game with cinci has been postponed until Fri.
[after the third inning] Ward then replaced Mathews as pitcher, and the game stood at evens until the Whites came to bat in the sixth inning, when Quest, who reached first on Hague’s bad throw, was sent home by Larkin, who batted the ball for over Hines’ head. Fl had already struck out, and as Remsen followed suit and Dal was thrown out by Wright, L was left on second. Another tally came to the Whites in the seventh inning, W securing it. He reached first on a hit to McGeary, Peters, who had hit safely for a base, being forced out at second. W stole second, and after a short rest, made a break for third, where he would have been captured but for Hague’s muff of Brown’s throw.
From the second inning to the ninth, Prov was neatly whitewashed, the fielding of the W S being very sharp. When they came to bat for the last time they found L’s arm in the alme and demoralized condition. So badly was it used up that Hague and Mathews got first on balls, “Terry” being unable to pitch over the plate. An effort to substitute Hank for h im was not successful, and after bathin the injured limb he went at it again. Hines sent a long fly to center field, which Remsen took care of. O’R got in a “scratch” base-hit, the ball bounding over Peters’ head, and on Remsen’s fumble Hague scored. Ward hit to Q, who stepped on second and then threw to first, ending the game with a nice double play.
The same nines play to-day, the game being the unfinished one of Mon. As the prov team is obliged to leave at 5:15 o’clock for Buff, the game will begin promptly at 2:15.
The Prv club played their last game of the season in this city yesterday, and were presented with a ball by the home club on account of the worst kind of ball-playing seen by W S Park audience so far in 1879. The attendance was not far from 2,000, and the day was cool and pleasant. The game commenced at 2:15… Joe Start made his first appearance with the visitors in several weeks, at his old place on first base, his wounds being healed. Mathews was laid off, O’R playing right field.
[The Chis] played a good deal as the Blondes and Brunettes are said to play, and, take it all in all, it is hoped Chi people won’t look upon its like again. Hank’s pitching was tip-top and, up to the eighth inning, only four hits were made off him. Half-way properly supported, he would have been almost invincible.
Harbidge is said to have been released yesterday by the Chi management. Cause, dissatisfaction with his habits of late.
The umpire was rather too strict on Hank in the matter of calling balls.
Barnes had his bad day yesterday, nearly all the Chi runs being made off of his muffed grounders and wild throws. At the bat he was no better than a wooden man, striking out once, and once on a weak hit to Hank. Sh did the best batting for the home club, and ran the bases with judgment. Hank’s pitching was excellent. Although Mr. Houtz, the umpire, sent three men to bases on balls, he rather stretched a point in doing so, to say the least.
[Chi is 32-11, Prv 27-17, Buff 24-18, Bos 23-20
The audience was smaller than usual on Sat, owing, no doubt, to the races. Those who witnessed the struggle yesterday were treated to some good batting by the Cincis, they hitting hard too deucedly often for those who wished to see the home nine win.
Mr. Houtz does not seem to have any conception of the difference between balls and strikes, frequently mistaking the one for the other. There was also bad judgment exhibited by him on put-outs or not-outs on the bases. At one time it looked as if the Chis were obliged to put out five Cinci chaps before he would declare the side out. He probably used his best jujdgment; but it was exasperating to the spectators. Mr. H is not a success in this city, however, he may be in the alleged Paris of America.
“A Lie Refuted”
Among the baseball notes in the NY Clipper of July 19 appears a statement that two fo the present Chi nine were expelled from a local N Y club for “crookedness,” and as none other than messsrs. L and Hank can be meant, and this assertion from a fossil baseball tramp is calculated to mar the well-merited reptation of those deserving young players, I wish to say a few words on the subject.
Mr. L palyed under me in 1876 in the Alaskas of this city, the only N Y club either of them ever played with, and I will positively state that he never was exspelled, and more, he never was accused of wrong-doing, and only left the club on its disbandment in Oct of that year. On the contrary, he has since been an honorary member of our club, and played in several games with us when at home.
And for Frank Hank, he has played in our club, I may say, from childhood until 1877, when he left the club of his boyhood, where he was only held by ties of friendship, to do better financially. He was thereupon expelled through jealousy and without a shadow of justice, but was almost immediately reinstated and honorably released. The esteem he is held in by his former associated can be judged from the fact that the Alaskas presented him with the silver ball won by them in a tournament on the Union Ground, Bkln, last year.
TW Raleigh, Pres. Alaska Base-Ball Club
Hank was unwell, and Larkin was put in to pitch; but “terry” was batted fully as hard as Hank in Sat’s contest, and was guilty of several wild pitches that allowed bases and runs.
The batting was good by the visitors, and very weak by the home club, and that’s what’s the matter with “our boys.” Mr. Houtz did not improve upon acquantance, and is far from being a success. However, the home nine lost the game squarely yesterday. The Chicagos are waiting for Cleveland.
The Chi champions played the Dubuque champions this afternoon before an audience of 2,000 people. The game was a very exciting one up to the sixth inning, only one run having been scored, and that by Dal, who secured his base in the first inning on three strikes. Both clubs were playing their very best to hit, but during the sixth inning the Gleasons roled in such a number of errors that the Chis succeeded int ouching the plate four times. Only for these serious and inexcusable errors the game would have stood more favorable for the Dubuques. In the third inning Dal secured first by an errors, but was retired on first by a quick throw of Sullivan after catching Anson on a tip foul. In the eighth Remsen saw first base, but was retired on the home plate. The finest catch was made by Shaffer in the right field who, with his left hand, caught a fly, retiring the side and saving runs. Ries pitched very effectively, only three hits being made up to the sixth. Sullivan also played well, and his errors were excusable ones. [Chi 8-2, game at Dub.
[the cleve] nine are mostly strangers here, Eden being about the only one well known to Chi audiences, from the fact of having played part of one season with the W S a few years ago.
[in the sixth] Anson struck a high foul, which was badly muffed by Kennedy. The burly Captain then straightened himself out and lit on the ball for three bases, sending it as far as the fence at the further end of the grounds would allow him. His slow running prevented a home run, for he reached third before the ballw as fielded in, and a swifter runner would have reached the plate ahead of the ball.
[in the seventh] Anson now came up, with two men out, and hit a hot one to Carey, who stopped it well and threw to Phillips, who had to step off his base to reach it. He got the ball and touched Anson, but in doing so dropped the bal. The umpire declared Ans out, not having seen the drop. Game was now suspended for about fifteen minutes, while a copy of the Lg rules was searched to decide to point whether Ans was out or not. When it was plainly shown to Mr. Pratt that the ball must be held after touching a runner he very promptly reversed his decision, and the game was resumed, with Ans on first, W on second, and Peters on third. [all three scored, plus sh, who doubled in the first two]
Flint did not have an error, and helped in a double play in the tenth inning by a lightning throw to Q, after catching a high foul fly of Kennedy’s.
The umpire, Mr. Pratt—who will be remembered in this city in aute(?) fire days as the pitcher of the Cleveland Forest Citys,–was prompt in his decisions, and showed good judgment on balls and strikes. He is a great improvement over Houtz and McLean; in fact, he is one of the best that have served here this season.
[in personals] Illinois’ favorite son—Anson
You must get up with the lark to beat Larkin.
The game of base-ball must be modified so as to give the other clubs a chance against the Chicagos.
[Chi leading league at 14-1, prov in second 10-5, boston dropped to 5th below syr and cinci.
The weather was fearfully hot to-day, yet upwards of 2,000 people were on the grounds to see the Chis administer the sixth consecutive defeat to the Bostons.
…the W S team, who have scored a succession of victories in Chi and Bos over the Bos Club tha tit has fallen to the lot of the latter team but once to be obliged to submit to, and tat was in 1876, when the W S won the extraordinary number of nine games straight away from them.
It was not until late in the fall, and after all the crack players in the country had signed for another year, that it was decided to have a nine in Chi during 1878, but finally Ferguson’s collection was contracted for ina lump. With their play last season Chi people are familiar. There were good men in the lot but, as a whole, the nine was not a success.
After the season closed the engagement of men for the present season was begun, and Messrs Hul and Sp went about the job with care, Ans’s knowledge of players being frequently called into use. He was to stay anyway. Then Larkin was secured, and soon after Sp took a trip to Indy with the necessary persuaders for Flint, he being the man concerning whom the most anxiety was felt. He agreed to come, as did Sh, although the Cincis were after the latter hot and heavy. While Sp was in Indy Flint talked to him so long and earnestly concerning the merits of Q that Al decided engage him without consulting his partners in Chi. He also took W. From the Milwaukees Peters, an old-time Chicago player, and Dal, who led the Lg batting list last year, were secured. Gore came from the New Bedfords, and Hankinson and Harbidge were retained from last year’s team.
The wonderful effectiveness of L’s pitching has already been shown, but Terry is willing and anxious to share the credit of this with Flint, who, he says, supports him in a manner that before this he knew nothing about. In former years he has been obliged, he says, to use care in delivering the ball, so that it should be within easy reach of the catcher; but now he pays no attention to that feature of the game, and in consequence his delivery is more puzzling than ever.
Another element that has contributed largely to the teams’ success is the fact that there have been no bickerings or personal jealousies among the men. Although in selecting the nine the “harmony” nonsense was left entirely out of the question, it is a noticeable fact that the boys get along well together.
Another thing that brought success to thte team on its trip was the absence of newspaper men. The Bostons took a reporter along when they came West,a nd everybody knows how they fared. Other clubs have had the same experience, and at a consultation of Chi editors and Pres Hul it was resolved to break in on the usual custom of sending press representatives with the Club, and see how it would work.
The allegations [made by the Providence Dispatch] said to be made by a party who accompanied the Prov team to this city, and aver that in the three games played here the umpiring was grossly unfair, and all in favor of the home nine. It was also charged that the White S’s purposely ran into the Prov men and that McG was badly spiked by Q. The umpire was bulldozed by Pres Hul, according to the Prov man, and to these causes alone were the two defeats sustained by Prov while in this city to be attributed.
Boston, May 29—FRIEND HULBERT: Hurrah for Chicago! Your team “did it up brown” for us yesterday. They played well, and acted like gentlemen. Six to 0,–and didn’t have to play very hard either. Shall try to get square with you. Yours truly, SODEN.
We believe that Mr. Anson will carry Rhode Island, though the vote may be close.
The heavy hitters of the Chi BB Club are at a disadvantage in Rhode Island. Out of the State only counts two bases.
[Dispatch from Worcester, not a lg game
Chicagos, no hits; no runs; eleven errors. Worcesters, twelve hits, with a total of twenty; eleven runs, five earned; no errors. Hankinson pitched and Harbidge caught. The game was called on a account of rain at the end of the seventh inning. The Worcesters played Richmond and Winslow, their new pitcher (a left-hander) and catcher, and not one of the Chis hit the ball out of the diamond. Dal was given a base on nine balls, and was the only man of the Chis to reach first, eight of the twenty-one men who went to bat striking out. Gore and Shaffer each struck out three times, Harbidge once, and Dal once.
[no game on the 3rd @ prov, rain
[still raining in Prov
Three thousand spectators greeted the Chis on their opening game with the Prov Club this afternoon. The visitors won the tos, and blanked Prov in the first three innings, only two men reaching first base on single hits and a fumbled grounder by Shaffer. Chi scored her first run in the third, W counting on Start’s muff of Wright’s throw and singles by Fl and Dal. Hines secured an earned run for Prov in the fourth inning on a powerful three-base drive past Dal, and O’R’s sac fly to Shaffer. In the sixth Gore and Ans were the run-getters, Gore scoring on his single, followed yb Ans’s baser and a wild throw of Wr to Hague to catch him on Peters’ grounder, Ans taking third on the same error, and crossing the plate on Brown’s muff of McG’s throw. McG added a run for Prov in the seventh on a fumbled grounder by Peters, wild pitch by Lark, the retirement of Wr by Lark to Ans, and York’s single. After two men had been retired in the seventh for Chi, Fl drove the sphere far over the left-field fence, securing a clean home run amid enthusiastic applause. Prov bated Lark for three singles and a three-bagger in the ninth, and scored three earned runs, the excitement being intense. Q tied the score in the ninth for the visitors on his single and Lark’s baser, assisted by a poor throw of O’r to Start on W’s hit, Lark running tow bases on the same error, and scoring the winning run on Hines’ muffed fly of Flint’s hit. The Chis played steadily throughout, while the Grays played carelessly, every error but one assisting in the Chi’s run-getting. Peters, Ans, and Q fielded sharply for the visitors and Hines and McG for Prov.
[Prov won, 3-0
Al. Spalding telegraphed Pres Hul last night, sending expressions of condolence and sympathy. It is to be hoped that Mr. Hul will come home soon.
[dispatch from prov
The second Prov-Chi contest attracted 2,000 spectators, and to-night forms the topic of conversation throughout the city as the finest exhibition of the season. The result fo the first game was extremely disheartening to many patrons, who felt that the home nine should have won it. The visitors lost the toss, and the first five innings were quickly played, Chi making four of her five hits in these innings, and sending five men to first base, none of whom gained the third bag. Prov scored but a single hit in these innings. Five Grays reached the first base, and one base-runner attained third base. In the sixth inning Prov sent four men to first base, and the bases were twice filled, a single tally being scored by Hines on called balls, O’R’s single drive, and two put-outs. Ward batted a clean hit over the left-field fence in the seventh, after two men had been retired, and secured a home run. York earned the third run int eh ninth on a two-bagger, a put-out, and Ward’s single. Chicago obtained but a single hit in the last four innings, and two men reached first, Wr scoring the only error for Prov in the ninth inning on a wild throw to Start on Ans’s hit, which gave him two bases. Prov gave a magnificent display of fielding, Wr’s splendid work at short, and the fielding of Peters, Q, W, Hines, and McG being especially fine. Fl supported Larkin in fine style.
Capt. Anson’s boom is the hope and pride of Illinois
[chi is in 1st at 16-2, prov 2nd at 11-7, syr at 10-8, cinci at 9-9
Terrific batting by the Chi team this afternoon, and the consequent demoralization of the Grays, gave a decisive victory to the visitors, and proved their superiority in the series thus far. The grays were treated to some lively leather-huntin gin the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, and the spectators enjoyed the sport immensely. Chi won the toss, and Hines secured a clean home-run in the opening inning by a powerful drive over the left-field fence, near the spot where Flint sent the ball in the opening game.
In the next two innings two men reached first, but were left and second. In the third for Chi six men took up the bat, and W, Fl, Peters, and Ans secured single hits, upon which W and Fl earned two tallies. In the fourth and fifth innings three Prov lads reached first bas on a single hit, called balls, and a muffed fly by Dal, but were left. Two of the Chis saw first in the corresponding innings on a two-baser and a wild throw by Hague, but in the sixth seven men widelded the willow: three single drives and a two bagger were secured, upon which Shafer and Q earned two runs. In the same inning Hines obtained first on a base hit and ran home on a low throw by Fl to Q. In the seventh, six Chicagoans occupied the striker’s position. Two single hits and a two-bagger were bated, and Peters, Ans, and Gore came in, assisted by a wild throw by Brown. Two earned runs. In the eighth, Ward and Start scored on a single hit and a two-baser, with the assistance of a passed ball, a wild pitch, and a wild throw by Shaffer. The eighth inning for Chi was notable for immense hitting, nine batsmen facing Ward. On four single hits, called balls, and sad fielding errors, four runs adorned the inning space, obtained by W, Dal, Peters and An. In the ninth for Prov, seven Grays went to bat, and Wr and York counted on a muffed thrown ball by An, a two-baser, and two put-outs. W gained first in the eighth for Chi on Wr’s fumble, stole second, reached third on a put-out, and scored on Ans’s single hit.
Lark pitched very effectively, and was finely supported by Fl, but the fielding of both teams was far below the standard, especially that of the home nine. There were 3,600 spectators present.
[on bb superstitions
The Bostons, for instance, believe firmly and almost devotedly in the benign influence of a white pigeon which hovers around the grounds, and whenever the boys are in a tight place, and defeat seems probable, the appearance of the messenger of peace is anxiously looked for. If the bird is seen all is well, but, if he comes not, the game is as good as lost. You may talk to a Bos player as long as your breath will hot out on this point, and argue how absurd such a belief is, but he can never be convinced that the non-appearance of that dove does not presage defeat.
Another notion that the Bos—or more properly Harry Wr—have, is tht they will have bad luck in case they play a game on Queen Victoria’s birthday, except the same take place in her Majesty’s dominions, and in 1872 or 1873, when it was proposed to play a game on the 24th of May, Harry put in a strenuous objection, but the matter was finally settled by going to Canada, where they received $300 in sovereigns for their day’s work.
To come nearer home, it may be said that the Chicago Club has as many superstitions as any of them. The particular one in which the boys are interested this year concerns a black cat. On the day the men were first called together at the beginning of the season, and while they were receiving instructions as to what was hoped and expected of them, in walked a black cat. Every man felt that it meant something—either good luck or bad. In their minds the cat had deliberately selected the White Stocking nine as the object either of its wrath of commendation. The greatest pains were immediately taken to propitiate the animal, and no cat ever received better care of more attention than this friendless feline which happened to stray into the W S grounds on the day the nine for 1879 first came together. After the first victory the boys felt that luck, in the shape of the cat, was with them. Had they lost, pussy would have been unceremoniously pitched over the fence by “Cherokee” fFisher; but they won, and on reaching the dressing-room each man had a kind word for the cat, and all were striving to pet it at once. It was no natural fear that made the W S play so nervously in their opening game with the Syr Club, but a doubt as to whether or not the cat was on their side. Anyone curious enough to visit the northern end of the ball-grounds any pleasant day can see the old fellow sunning himself in front of the office, and, though he be directly in the way, not a man but will take the greatest pains to walk around or step over “Champion” (for this is his name) rather than put h im to the inconvenience of moving a foot or two. It is the particular business of Harbidge, on days when games are played to look after “Champion,” and the balance of the team feel that while thus engaged he is performing as important a duty as any of those who are playing.
When the start on the present Eastern tour was to be made there was a long and anxious consultation in regard to taking “Champion” along, but it was finally deicded not to subject him to the perils of such a journey. He was carefully placed in the trunk which was to contain the uniforms, however, and then in the bat-bag,--all for luck. Then on the day of departure each man bade him adieu, and went away feeling that so long as the cat was in good health and spirits the nine would win a large percentage of the game in which it engaged. This may appear ridiculous to some, but it is a solemn fact, and even with the lead they now have it is doubtful if the W S would win the championship were that cat to die. It is looked after at present by Finley, and in every letter to the men he tells them just how “C” is getting along.
A great many people have doubtless condered why the W S wear parti-colored caps, since they are certainly not ornamental; and these same people will be surprised to know that their adoption is directly and solely attributable to superstition on the part of the Club officers. The way the thing came about was as follows: In 1876 part-colored caps were proposed, simply on account of their novelty. That year Chi won the championship. In 1877 the nine was supposed to be stronger than ever, but defeat followed them from the beginning to the end of the season. When the present nine was organized the Club officers held a solemn consultation about the matter, which resulting in the determination to again return to the use of the striped caps, and now they all believe that this action was a great stroke of policy.
Another notion that club managers have, is that if their teams play well in practice they are sure to be defeated in contests for the championship.
The superstition and peculiarities of individual players are innumerable. Every man in the Chi nine has them. Lark, for instance, believes that in order to make his pitching effective it is necessary to play a tune on the banjo, on which instrument he is very proficient. “The Rocky Road to Dublin” is his favorite, and on days when Lg games are to be played at the W S Park, its familiar strains may be heard issuing from the club-house. Just before every game Fl gets a deck of cards and deals two hands, both of which he plays at “seven up,” his oppoenent being an imaginary one. The number of points that his hand contains, he believes, indicates the number of base hits he will make in the game, and, strange as it may seem, the predictions of the cards are almost invariably verified. An’s little peculiarity consists is always putting on his left shoe first when dressing for a game, and the boys are sure that bad luck would follow if by any chance the right one should go on before the left. In fact, the loss of the first Prov game in this city is by them attributed to this cause. Those who were present may remember that between the fifth and sixth innings Anson ran down to the club-house. The reason of that journey was that he suddenly remembered that the fatal right shoe had been put on before the left, and a change was imperative. Q is probably as little affected by notions as any of the boys, but still he would sooner go bareheaded than wear his cap straight on his head. It isn’t pretty, his style of headgear, but he is sure it is lucky. Peters’ little eccentricity consists in believing that if the first ball sent to him is properly handled the game cannot be lost. W always carries a little bag of rosin on to the field, and places it carefully under third base—for luck. Whenever a Lg game is to be played in Chi Shaffer never fails to visit Sp’s store and look over the stock of bats, ostensibly for the purpose of selecting a good one, but really because he thinks the proceeding one that is likely to propitiate the Goddess of Fortune. Another curious habit of his is that of making a speech to himself after every lay in which he takes part. If he muffs a ball, “George Sh, you are a poor player,” is apt to be heard by any one in his immediate vicinity, while if he is successful in disposing of an opponent “George Sh” comes in for a few commendatory words. During one of the games here this season he found a penny, tail upwards, in the right field, and he at once knew that it was his day for erros, and it was. Dal thinks it is good luck to see a steamboat come into port, and on days when games are to be played he may be seen haunting the Goodrich docks at an exceedingly early hour, waiting for the Grand Haven boat to reach port. Gore injured himself slightly soon after reaching the city, while going through the Washington street tunnel, and has kept out of tunnels ever since in order to avoid the bad luck which he is certain will follow anybody who patronizes them.
[Geo Wr] also thinks it is lucky to put that man in a team who has been longest in the profession at the head of the batting list. He got this notion from Harry, and put it into practice upon assuming the Captaincy of the Prov nine…
Another thing in which ball-layers solemnly believe is, that to have the good will of the NY Clipper is the worst misfortune that could possibly befall them, and the club which Chadwick selects to win the championship is certain to be near the tail end of the fight when the season closes.
Yesterday morning Al Sp received the following dispatch from Anson, at Prov: “Weather fine, and men in good condition. We will win sure.”
Flint was the first man of the W S nine to make a three-base hit in a Lg game, and to this he has added the honor of making the first home run, the latter being accomplished in Thursday’s Prov game. Flint is booming.
[dispatch from troy
The game to-day was a fine one in every respect. Both clubs batted hard and fielded manificently, the Troys having the hardest work. Clapp, by catching W’s hot liner and then touching first base, putting out Larkin, who had strated for second, made onfof the finest double plays ever seen. The Troys by Bradley’s three –baser and Hawke’s single earned their run, while Chi did the same by Quest’s two-bagger and singles by Larkin and W. Chi, by hits of Lark and W and a two-baser of Dal, earned a run in the ninth inning. While the Troys were at the bat after one hat been put out, Caskins made a hit, but the rain put a stop to further play. After thirty minutes’ delay the umpire decided the ground too wet, and the game went back to the eighth inning. It will be played off to-morrow, weather permitting. The Trogans claim Wilbur lost them the game by the following: in the eighth inning two fo the Troys were on bases, with Mansell at the bat. He hit hard past first into right field, on which two runs would have been scored when, to the surprise of all present, Wilbur sent both men back to the bases, deciding the ball foul. He is unpopular in Troy, as in every game thus far, he has given decision against the home club. The Troys made their errors int eh third inning, the Chicagos theirs in the eighth.
[dispatch; make-up for 10th?
Chi advanced another step by defeating the Troys to-day. The latter outbatted the Whites, but lost the game through erros of Hawkes, Doescher, and Mansell. An audience of over 500 persons witnessed a poor fielding game on both sides. The abtting of Clapp, and the fielding Ans, W, Peters, Clapp, Shoupe, Bradley, and Caskins were the only noticeable features of the game. The nines played in the same position s as yesterday, but the spectators expected to see finer playing. Hall caught a fly ball in the eighth inning while sitting on the ground, having fallen in his effort to catch it. The umpire was more satisfactory to the audience and players to-day. Pres Hul has not yet arrived in Troy.
The Chis easily defeated the Troy Citys to-day by doing some terrific batting and playing with but one errors, but, had the Troy Citys fielded better, their errors being very costly, the game would have been more even. Dal had a day on, as also did Flint at the bat. Caskins was run into by Peters in the second inning and had to retire in favor of Reilly. Chi earned one run int eh first, four int eh second, and two in the fifth by hard batting. The Troy Citys earned all theirs after two men were out. Wilbur proved so unsatisfactory that the audience hooted and yelled at him on several occasions. He is making his last appearance in Troy. The weather was fine, but less than 400 persons were on the ground.
[Chi is 18-3, Prov 14-7, Bos and Syr 11-10
The game to-day was a remarkably heavy batting cotest, and was won by the Troys by superior fielding. The erros fo the Chis were very costly. The ninth inning was very exciting the Troys having one to tie and two to lead, when, by terrific batting, they made four. Flint, for Chi, struck the second ball, knocking it over center-field fence, entitling him to a home run. He remained on third, however, to keep Reilly behind the bat. Dal, Peters and Shaffer made hits, but only two men scored. The game was marked by numerous brilliant plays, the most noticeable one being a hot line catch, by Hawkes, on which he made a double play. The attendance was about 500.
Flint, the silver-haired catcher of the Chis, and the man who chews the biggest quid of tobacco in the States, has things to perfection. He gives signs to the basemen and pitcher by changing his quid from one side of his face to the other with great success. – Philadelphia Item
A raw, cold day prevented all but 500 persons from going out to Kewell Park to-day to see the coming champions tackle the Stars. Both nines were crippled by the loss of regular players, Farrell being absent from the stars, and Gore and Dal from the Chis. Notwithstanding, and fine game resulted. The pitching of McC and L was very fine. Boht sides were retired in the first inning without a run. Richmond opened the second for the Stars with a hit to right for three bases. His run was earned by a hit of Macullar, which followed. In the third inning Dorgan and Purcell pounded balls to safe spots and, aided by a high throw to second by Flint, another tally came in. The Chicagos then came, and off of four clean hits and an error by Mc, three runs were scored. These won the game.
Nearly 1,000 persons turned the stile at Newell Park to-day to see the Stars and Chicagos play their fifth game, this attendance being the largest of the season. The Chicagos secured a lead of three runs in the first inning off a three-base hit by Flint and several bad errors by the Stars. Anotehr u nearned run in the third inning gave the visitors a start that the home Club, although outplaying the Chis, could not overcome. The Stars hit for five bases int eh eighth inning, and earned two runs, but then gave up the fight. McLean’s umpiring is the best ever seen in Syracuse.
[Chi is 21-3, Prov 16-8, Bos 13-11, Buff 12-12
For the first time since the Chis have been among us they today took hold of McC’s delivery, and hit him as if they meant business. By doing clean work with the stick, and playing a fine game in the field, they succeeded in defeating the Stars in the easiest possible manner, although the latter did tie the game in the seventh inning off an error by Larkin, McC’s two-bagger, and a wild throw by Gore which let in two men. The best fielding on both sides was done by Peters and Mansell. Flint’s catching has been the wonder of the week, and in fact the style in which the whole team has played is pretty convincing that Chicago has got her hands on the silken rag.
Pres Hul of the Chi Club will reach home tomorrow, having been with the team three weeks.
The first meeting of the season between the Chi and Cinci Clubs took place at the ball park here this afternoon in the presence of 1,200 people. The result was a victory for the home club, to the surprise of the popular judgment, which had been led by the success of Chi and the failure of Cinci to expect a further loss of their games this week. Neither club wasint eh best shape. Jim White could not catch, and Dal, the strongest batter of the visitors, was laid off. The visitors played a marvelous game in the field, but were powerless at the bat against Will White’s pitching. Seven of them struck out—Peters and Shaffer twice each. One fielding error only was committed—that by Q in the last inning—and cost nothing. Cinci batted hard and fortunately. Dickerson twice made a three-baser, and came home on a sacrifice hit. The two runs in the last inning wer emade on hits by Barnes, J. White, and Kelly. All four runs were earned. The game caused profound excitement.
The game to-day between the Chi and Cinci was lost by the former Club through fielding erros in the second, third and fourth innings. The visitors hit Will White’s pitching for nine bases and earned only one run, but nine misplays int eh field gave Chi five more, and made a recovery of the game practically impossible. So that, while appearance indicate that White wasa badly punished, the fact is that, had he been supported, three hits, two safe and one sacrifice, in the last inning, which were made by J. White, Kelly (for three bases), and Dickerson, would have redeemed the game. Chi played without a single error for seven innings, and then broke badly. The Club will play an exhibition game with the Stars, of this city, in Indianapolis tomorrow.
The Chicagos beat the Cinci Stars this afternoon 5 to 3, the Chicagos playing a loose game out of courtesy to their opponents. About 500 persons were present. Miller and Houtz, of Cinci, were disabled, and two of the Capitol Cities, of this place, were substituted. After the game Capt. Anson, of the Chis, was arrested for profanity by one of the Depot Police and locked up. It surprised and settled him.
The affair grew out of an attempt to serve writs of capias and respondendum upon Shaffer and Flint, old members of the Indy Club, who left here largely in debt. They resisted the officer, and Capt. Anson and Bob Smith backed them. Shaffer and Fl finally got away, and, in his joy, Ans became ingloriously profane, when an officer in the vicinity grabbed him. He put up $30 for his appearance to-morrow morning. Later in the day warrants were sworn out against Sh and Fl for resisting an officer, but they are now out of the state.
The incoming Cinci train, on board of which were the Chi and Cinci Ball Club sen route to Chi, was met at the Union Depot to-night by a small army of Constable and policemen, who were determined to capture Flint and Sh on the warrants issued against them while they were here on Thursday last. The train was searched but neither of the boys could be found, greatly to the disgust of their creditors and the officers. Joe Q, however, was incautious enough to show himself, and was taken in on a capias issued at the instance of Egan & Treat, merchant tailors. Anson paid $55, the amount of the debt, and Q was released. Sh and Fl were hidden in the baggage-car, but n o one but a sympathetic reporter rfound it out. It is intimated that the Chi Club will not travel via Indy hereafter.
A heavy rain-storm here this morning rendered the ball park unfit for play, and the game between Cinci and Chi was accordingly postponed till the next visit of the Chis to this city. The two clubs left this evening in company for Chi.
[Chi is 23-4, prov 19-10, Bos 15-14, Buff 14-13.
All of the Chi boys are in good health, except Dal and Anson, but the trouble with the latter is not of so serious a nature as to prevent his playing as usual. Dal is expected to be all right in a week or two.
When the skies cleared away yesterday morning it became apparent that the game woud be played, and, in conseuqnece, at 3:30 o’clock an audience numbering 2,500 had assembled …
For the first five innings the Chis confined themselves to knocking foul bounds and sending up soft flys, all of which were taken. They were peculiarly unforunate in having men left on bases, but, in spite of all these disadvantageous circumstances, knocked out a creditable victory…
In the sixth inning a very extraordinary occurrence took place. Just before the W S went to bat, their black cat “C” was observed to issue from the club-house and station himself in center field. The boys saw the move and took heart. Ans was flyed by Barnes, Shaffer hit sfely to left, and Q sent a long fly in the same direction. Dickerson ran for it, but become so interested int eh cat, which was contemplating his actions with a grave aspect, that he mad a bad muff. Larkin went out on a foul fly to Kelly, but Gore banged a vicious grounder between second and third. Sh started to run and, finding Barnes in his way, was obliged to remove him, and then came home amid cheers. Hank sent a fly to right, but J White muffed it, Q and Gore scoring.
The boys now had the lead, but the cat still stayed around.
The [Indy club last year] was backed up by well-known business men, and so responsible did they prove to be that nearly all the men were beaten out of a portion of their salary, Quest being suck for over $400. having been bamboozled in this manner by the Club stockholders, F, Q, and Sh did not feel like paying sundry bills which they were alleged to owe these same parties, and went away without settling the same. Judgment for the amounts due were obtained, and the remorseless creditors laid low.
When the Whites went upon the Indy grounds last Th to play, Capt. A was approached by a party who introduced himself as a Constable, said he had a writ to serve on Sh and Fl and that nothing would please him so much as to lug those young men off to jail, which he proposed to do at once. Ans took the impetuous Constable by the collar, walked him back of the grand-stand and argued the case. He said that, while not desiring to encourage the violation of law or thwart its agents in any plan they might have prepared for the capture of persons who had transgressed its domain, he still wanted to play that game of ball, and would be unable to do so unless Fl and Sh were allowed to roam in freedom for a short time. Afte rthe game the Con could go ahead. This satisfied the man, and he retire.d When the game was over the boys jumpede into a bus, drove to their hotel, and dressed as rapidly as possible. Then Flint and Sh adopted the Arabian plan of moving, and stole silently away—out through the back door. They skirmished through alleys and back yards for a while, and finally brought up at a point considerly byond the depot from which the train started.
[constable was waiting at depot,
c: “Hello, Flint!”
A: “My name ain’t Flint.”
C: “Then you are Shaffer?”
A: “No I am not Shaffer, and I want you to mind your own business and let me alone.”
Then the constable made a grab at Ans, and the latter told him to quit fooling or he would knock him down.
C: “No you won’t”
A: “Yes I will. I’ll knock h—l out of you.”
[Anson was bothered again by constables,
Finally the enraged W S used language in which a big, big D was very prominent. This was apparently what the policemen had been waiting for, as they at once pounced upon Ans and dragged him to the station-house
Anson pleaded guilty, and the court said it would be $23 (28?). Then a lawyer from Lafayette, who was on hand, very kindly injected himself into the case, and said that Anson did not plead guilty, and that the proceedings were an outrage on Justice, whose God-like figure surmounte dthe building which is Honor presided; that to inflict such a punishment on the blue-eyed boy in the dock would bring the gray hairs of Hulbert down in sorrow to Indy on the next train; that the American Consti was the palladium of liberty and also of ball-layers.
[fine reduced to $16.50
[Anson taken off again,
About this time things looked lbue and Larkin offered to bet $7 to $3 that something had happened to the black cat at home.
[court was out of session, the policeman said the usual charge for “profanity and provoke” was $25, so A paid him $30
[Fl and Sh would go a diff route home, but before before the train was in the station, train was boarded by more policemen. Fl and Sh weren’t to be found, but
Then Quest sutck his head out of a berth, and was immediately grabbed and told that he was wanted. Manifesting some disinclination to dress, he was informed that, unless he robed himself with speed, a midnight street journey in the costume worn by the Texas office, sans the spurs, was among the immediate possibilities. Then he dressed, and was arrested ona judgment for $45. By this time Pres Hul had sniffed the battle from another car, and came in to take command of the Chi forces. A big officer was making superhuman efforts to induce Gore to turn right side upa nd permit his face to be seen, but the young man fromn Main said he would be everlastingly gosh-dummed if he let any policeman haul him out of bed, and his wishes were respected. Then Mr. Hul, Q and an officer went outside to settle the bill, to which in some mysterious manner, $10 had been suddenly added.
Dal’s trouble is an abcess in his side, cause\d by a strain.
The game between the Cincis and Chis which was to have been played to-morrow has been postponed until Tuesday, in order not to conflict with the races. Wed’s game will be played as announced.
[headlines on opening day
[Democrats in the Senate in turmoil
[Oresnberg, Russia, destroyed by fire, leaving “Half the population destitute of food and shelter,” possibly “the work of political incendiaries”
[McCormick’s delivery “as puzzling as anybody’s”
[1,500 people present
[double play in first inning started with W’s good stop
Gore finished the game by a brilliant running catch of Farrell’s long liner to left center, the play being deservedly applauded.
A cold wind from the northeast operated strongly against the best of fielding, and to some extent the errors recorded int eh score may be attributed to the weather.
It will be noticed that Flint is charged with three errors, but it must not be inferred from this that he failed in any of the elements which go to make up a first-class catcher. On the contrary, he was particularly effective and omnipresent, the players on the other side having such a wholesome respect for his throwing that not one of them attempted to steal second.
The striped stockings (which appeared for the first time) were unanimously voted a suceess, and the umpire gave satisfaction, esxcept in one point. The interest and bearing of the Lg rules is to hurry the play by preventing all unnecessary delays. On several occasions yesterday, when players were hit, the ball lost, etc., Mr. Furlong was entirely too lenient in regard to the time for resuming play, and in consequence the game dragged along three hours—a longer time than was necessary.
When the Whites came to bat in the eighth inning the score was 5 to 2 against them, and things looked blue. There was considerable cheering when Dal led off with a single baser, and more when he went to second on a passed ball. Then Gore and Ans made base hits, and the crowd began to howl. An error by Richmond, and another cracking base hit by Larkin when the bases were full, sent in three more runs, and the boys were satisfied. The the ninth they struck another streak, Gore, Peters, and Shaffer making two-base hits. Richmond made a wild throw, and four runs were scored.
The game arranged for yesterday between the Chi and Syr Clubs was postponed on account of rain.
At Cleve, season tickets are transferable. It is a pernicious practice, and not followed in Chi.
The Chi correspondent of the Cinci Enquirer recently had a talk with Pres Hulbert on the Cinci hobby, “harmony,” as follows: “How about harmonious Club feeling and action?’ was the inquiry of your correspondent. ‘There’s nothing in it; there’s no such thing’ was the confident reply. He added: ‘You can’t name a nine in American, present or past, in which personal friendship of Club harmony exists to an extent influencing one way or the other the play of the Club as a whole. Why, I have known of players in the Boston nine, with its splendid career of success, who for eighteen months never exchanged a word with each other on any subject; and others who belonged to personally hostile cliques, in which social distinctions were offensively observed; but these men played ball and did their duty on the field.’ Mr. Hulbert feels sure that there are not now, and not likely to be, any strong animosities in the Chi team, but it’s a subject he don’t worry much about. What he wants is that the men shall be temperate in their habits, honest in their determination to win, avoid the company of disreputable persons, come on the field in good physical condition, hit hard, run fast, keep cool in the field, and then let the best Club win.
Yesterday’s game was an exceptionally fine one on the part of the home team, especially in fielding, as but two errors were made, both of them by W in the first inning, he overthrowing Allen’s grounder to third, and then muffing one sent by McCormick in the same direction. And this he braced up gradly, and threw out four men in great style.
Larkin was never better supported behind the bat than yesterday. Several rather wild pitches were saved from being scored as such by Flint’s activity, but in spite of occasional wide deliveries, there were no passed balls and not a steal to second.
Of all the  runs, but two were earned, and mention should be made of this fact in justice to George Washington Bradley, who officiated in a similar capacity for the W S in 1877. His appearance on the field was greeted with cheers, the compliment being acknowledged by a lifting of the cap which covered his curly and somewhat auburn locks. On several occasions, after chances had been given to put the side out, the Whites would strike a streak of batting, which, of course, resulted in more or less runs.
Anson’s record of men put out is an extraordinary one, no less than twenty victims dying on his base.
The attendance was somewhat better than on Tuesday, the weather being the same; and if the traditional balmy breezes of May can only be induced to visit this locality, people will turn out in the old-time numbers to witness ball games.
The Whites had but three errors, two of which were dropped flies by Dal, and the other a bad throw to third by Flint.
[after first six games, Chi is 6-0, Cinci is 5-1 by losing 6th game
Flint is firm in the belief that the championship is coming to Chicago. “I wonder how it feels,” said he yesterday, “to belong to the champion nine?”
Flint won a box of cigars offered to the first W S who made a three-base hit in a Lg game. Nobody suspected Frank of having any designs on the cigars, but he took them all the same.
Kelley, catcher of the Syr team, made a very good impression in Chi by his quietness and gentlemanly deportment while on the field.
A wire screen has been placed in front of the grand stand at Cleveland to protect its occupants from foul flies, etc. In Chi nothing of the kind is needed. Any spectator caught muffing a grand-stand fly is led out by the ear.
The W S sustained their first defeat yesterday…
The visitors [prov] fielded well, but their work in this direction was rendered easy by the effectiveness of Ward’s pitching. … Peters and Dal distinguished themselves by some very bad and wholly unnecessary errors.
The umpire of yesterday’s game [breedburg] was a very bad one, and a change in this respect is badly needed.
The heavy and persistent rain which had last evening fallen for nearly twenty-four hours in Chi seems to have extended over quite a wide extent of country, as the dispatches from various points in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin show that the long spring drought is at last brought to an end.
The second game between the Chi and Prov Clubs was played yesterday to a fair-sized attendance, considering the wretched state of the weather. It was as cold as the middle of November, and the spectators could scarcely keep warm by dint of the heaviest kind of handclapping at the good playing of both clubs. The players did not seem to mind the cold, however, and the errors were not as numerous as might be expected where players have to blow on their fingers to warm them.
Capt. Anson again lost the toss for the seventh time out of the eight games played, and the Whites opened with Harbidge at the bat, who played in Dal’s place, the latter being temporarily laid off on account of lameness.
The umpire was quite unsatisfactory to the spectators in the matter of ball and strikes, and, though an improvement on some others, he falls far short of filling the measure of a successful umpire.
[WS are 8-1, one up on Boston.
…the interest thus created [by Prov’s good playing earlier in the week], together with good weather, brought out a crowd of 3,500 people, it being the largest audience that has witnessed a Lg game this season.
It should be explained that, although Q is charged with two errors, one of them was excusable. He fielded brilliantly, as he always does, and as, indeed, did all the nine. Larkin pitched with unusual swiftness, and, having discovered a new wrinkle in the delivery of the ball, tried its effectiveness with excellent results.
[New York World describes “How Women Play Ball”
Brown, of the Prov team, is becoming quite a favorite in Chi. He is a good player, and never “kicks” when things go wrong.
Stambaugh and Breedberg, two of the Chi Lg umpires, have resigned on account of adverse criticisms by the audiences which they favored with decisions.
Yesterday’s game was noticeable for lively base running on the part of the W S. Basemen who got in the way of these cheerful young men found themselves set aside without ceremony.
…considerable anxiety was felt in Chicago concerning yesterday’s [first] game [with the Boston team], and a large audience assembled to see it played.
The most expensive errors on the Boston side were executed by Sutton, who seemed to be in bad humor generally, and more than once incurred the displeasure of the audience by unnecessarily delaying the game, which at the best was long enough. Houck, the new Boston short-stop, had little to do, and did that badly, his only throw to first resulting in an error.
Having lost the toss for the ninth time in ten, Capt. Anson sent his men to bat, and, after Dal had sturck out, two earned runs were scored, Gore making a base hit, Anson a two-baser, and Peters a single, A and Gore tallying. In the second inning Larkin got around the bases on a bad throw to first by Sutton and muffed grounder by the same player. A struck safely again in the third inning, but no runs resulted, and the boys were also whitewashed in the fourth, the score at the end of that inning being even,–three apiece. The Bostons got an unearned run in the first inning by virtue of a wild throw to first by W, and in the fourth secured two more, one being earned, Morrill leading off with a two-baser, Sutton and Bond getting in singles. The home nine assumed the lead again in the fifth inning, an earned run being the result of base hits by Gore and Sh, the former stealing second very prettily and tallying on Sh’s hit. In the eighth he scored again, being given a life at first by Morrill’s muff of Sutton’s throw, stealing second, and going to third on a passed ball. He would have remained there had not Houck made a bad throw of Peters’ easy grounder, but as it was, the run was scored, amid great cheering. Then the Bostons wen tin to tie the score, and succeeded,. O’Rourke led off with a base hit, Burdock followed with a two-baser, sending O’R to third, but Jim died at the home plate on Houck’s grounder to A. Burdock and Houck then scored on Morrill’s base-hit, both runs being earned.
The score was now tied again, and the ninth inning was begun. Larkin flew out to O’Rourke, W made a base hit, and Flint was given a life by Sutton. Then Dal, for the first time in the game, hit the ball squarely, and landed it in the netting which surmounts the right field fence. It became entangled there, and, before it could be secured, W, Fl, and Dal came home. Then there was a dispute, the Bostons claiming that the ball went over the fence, and that, consequently, but two bases could be run on the hit. Ans held, and correctly, that the ball never went over the fence at all, and that bases could be run ad lib. The umpire finally trotted to the scene of the disaster, took the testimony of a man who knew nothing about the matter, and then sent Flint and Dal back to third and second bases. In order, however, that there might be no further chance for dispute, they were sent home by safe hits by Ans, and Sh, Gore having struck out. Peters was then retired by Bond to Morrill, and the talliying was at an end, as the Bostons failed to score. They came near doing so… Jones then hit a long fly to center field which Gore captured while on a dead run. It was a wonderful catch, and by the time it was made Snyder was at third, having no notion that Jones was to be put out. Gore promptly returned the ball to Anson, and the side was out.
One run was needed [in b8th] in order that the Whites might again assume the lead, and Sh made it. His easy grounder was badly muffed by Houck, and from first base he went to third on Peters’ base-hit to right and Hawes’ fumble of the same. Then Peters started to steal second, and while Snyder, Burdock and Morrill were disposing of him Sh tallied, and thereby won the game, as there were no runs made by either side in the ninth inning, Dal being the only man to reach first, which he did by a nice grounder over second base.
[Gore and Shaffer both made excellent catches
As in Tuesday’s game, the Bostons persisted in consuming al lthe time possible in getting to bat, and were several times reproved by the audience. It is suggested that good taste would dictate the advisability of having no delays of the kind mentioned, as 2,500 people can hardly be expected to wait unnecessarily on the motions of one man.
The umpiring of Mr. Furlong was very fair…
[Chi is 11-1, four games up on Bos after the 3-game sweep at home
Two of the three errors made by them [Bos] let in three runs, while of the eight misplays charged to the home nine, but two resulting in tallies.
It is a noticeable fact that visiting nines never improve on Larkin’s pitching, almost always doing better batting the first game than in either of the others. This was the same with Bos and Prov, two of the best batting teams in the league.
The game was … witnessed by the largest audience of the season, over 4,000 people being present.
Pitching Vs. Throwing.
Since the inauguration of the present style of pitching,–or more properly throwing,–there has become prevalent an idea that the ball as now delivered is more difficult to hit than in the days when Zettlein, Spalding, and McBride were the leading exponents of scientific pitching. Some who have given the matter considerable thought deny that this is the case, and insist that nothing has been gained, either in speed or effectiveness, while they claim it to be an undoubted fact that the chances for successful base-running are now greater than when the old style of pitching was in vogue, owing to the fact that in most instances the delivery is less accurate than it was five years ago, thereby imposing more work on the catcher, and rendering his throwing to bases far less accurate.
“When I began pitching, in 1866,” said Al Sp to the writer, “a man, when delivering the ball to the batsman, was not allowed to bend his elbow; in other words, the arm msut be kept perfectly straight. In 1867 the rules were amended, and the pitcher still further restrained of his liberty by being required to keep both feet on the ground when in the act of pitching. It was not long after this that Cummings and Mathews came into prominence as the possessors of a secret by which the ball, in its passage from pitcher to catcher, was made to describe a curve. It was called an underhand throw by certain newspapers, and so considered by the public, but in reality it was nothing of the kind; at least in the case of Cummings. The curve which he gave the ball was imparted by a peculiar motion of the wrist. He was a staright-arm pitcher, the same as Zettlein and myself, but gave the ball the same motion that the modern throwers get by the use of the elbow.”
“How was a change brought about?”
“Well, things ran along about as I have described them until 1873, when there was a revival of interest in the game, and it was found a matter of difficulty to secure good pitchers for all the clubs. In order to remedy this evil the bars which had been built by legislation around the pitcher’s position were let down, and the first thing the public knew throwing had come into fashion. At the time I thought it would lead to bad results, but Harry Wr said there was no help for it; there were not first-class pitchers enough in the country. In fact, there are none too many of them now. Good pitchers have always received large salaries, and always will.”
“In 1874 Bond, now of the Bos, made his appearance in the Atlantic Club of Brooklyn. He was the first successful underhand thrower and curver. As soon as his delivery was allowed, everybody began to copy it, and by 1876 I was the only regular pitcher left. There has been a good deal of talk regarding increased speed, etc., but I don’t take much stock in it. Zettlein, McB, and Pratt could pitch as fast as any of the modern men can throw, and had a much greater command of the ball.”
“Is not the present style of pitching much harder on the catcher than the old?”
“Certainly. With a straight-arm pitcher the catcher could tell about where the ball was coming, but now he can’t. IN fact, I don’t see what has been gained by the change from pitching to throwing. The boys bats just as freely, the game is lengthened, and more catchers are required.”
Flint and Larkin, the Chi catcher and pitcher, are said to have some mysterious signs, by which Larkin is wholly relieved from watching either first or second base. Flint signals Larkin to throw to either first or second, and by the same sign notifies the baseman. But not even the umpire can find out what the signs are, and the puzzled runners are said to hug their bases pretty closely.—Exchange. There is nothing at all mysterious about the signal. It consists simply in Flint turning his cap around on his head. Snyder’s signal to Bond is made by putting his hands on his knees.
[New York Herald has another dispatch on the female nines
The Chi-Bos game to-day, to which the base-ball public have been looking forward to with impatience, was slwo, and for the most part uninteresting.
The best part of the game was supplied by the Chicagos. They played brilliantly, and batted beautifully in spite of the jeers of the ill-mannered crowd which usually infests the house-tops. Anson was hailed by all the pet names in the calendar whenever he came to the bat.
The effectiveness of Larkin’s pitching may be judged from the fact that the men who faced him were able to secure but three safe hits off his delivery. In the field the Whites were simply perfection, not an error marking their play from beginning to end, while at the bat they did terrific work…
Pres Hul leaves to-night for Prov, and will witness the games in that town enxt week between the Chi and Prov teams.
[now boston correspondent:]
They have never made so poor a show as a whole.
The 5,000 spectators who filled all the seats and crowded inside the inclosure began to wonder where the backbone of the club was, when O’R came in a made a splendid three-baser. But although there was but one out, he was left on third.
It must be said that the Bostons had very bad luck, and that the Chicagos, both in the field and at the bat, were favored by the reverse. There were many excellent plays, and remarkable fly catches. The fielding of the Chicagos was magnificent. Anson deserves especial credit for the success of the nine, and for his excellent playing in the midst of so much chaffing from the crowd.
The Chis made three in the ninth on hits by Pet, Sh, and Q, a wild pitch, and Hornung’s muff.
Wright made some astonishing stops at short; Sh captured two difficult flies on the run; Q and McG fielded actively at second…
Mathews was substituted for Ward, and proved extremely effective, the visitors securing but eight scattering hits. Brown made his debut in the visiting team at first base, and played a strong game.
It began to grow very dark at the expiration of the eighth inning, but Flint preferred to play the game out, and Providence, scoring last at the bat, earned two tallies in the ninth on a double hit and three singles. In the last four innings the Chis secured but three straggling hits. The fielding was loose on both sides ta times.
Larkin was batted in all directions this afternoon in the closing Prv-Chi contest, in the presence of 3,000 spectators. Mathews was gauged more fully than in Th’s game, but the hits were straggling,a dn were not effective save in the last inning. Prv counted eleven tallies in two innings on Wr’s home-run, double-baggers b York, O’R, and Math, singles by O’R, McG, Mathews, Hines, and York, and six errors, earning seven runs. Chi sent fourteen men to first base; four were left. … One of the largest crowds of the season was in attendance.
Al Sp, Secretary of the Chi Club, goes East to-morrow night, to be absent ten days. He will meet the boys in Bos, and see what can be done in the way of bracing them up.
In a letter to Pres Hul, received yesterday, Flint says all the members of the W S team are taking good care of themselves and behaving well. The boys are bound to be virtuous, even in defeat.
“Champion,” the White-Stocking cat, is raising a large and eminently respectable family of kittens. The biggest of the lot has been christened “Pennant,” and one little fellow, whose bad temper is displayed on every possible occasion, rejoices in the name of “Disaster.”
[prov is 69-21, bos 69-24, chi 68-24, buff 53-27
A person named Barnes, who misplayed in Chi during the season in 1877, says he will contest the payment of any money to Ans by the Chi Club during his sickness, on the ground that the club refused to pay him (Barnes) during a vacation at Long Branch, which he enjoyed in 1877. Barnes is a stockholder in the Chi Club, but any such protest as he talks of making would only add to the general contempt now felt for him in this city.
Bond’s pitching was the principal cause of the Chi’s defeat to-day. Nine times men struck out, and only four times at the bat out of twenty-seven resulted in base hits, every one of which were a single. Three of these hits were made by Peters…but the others were decidedly “off.”
To Bond and Snyder belong the credit of defeating the Chis to-day. A thousand people were ont eh grounds—a larger number than has been seen there this season—and the brilliant play of the Bostons was loudly applauded. Bond’s pitching was more deceptive than ever.
[Syr quits league on the 10th
Mr. Hulbert at once wired the news to mr. Brown, who is managing the team on its present trip, and instructed him to play any legal game he could to fill in the dates left vacant by the Syracuse fiasco.
Under this rule [sec 10, Art 12 of lg cons.] only the first six games played by every other Lg Club with Syr can be counted, as the Troys have played but sixx games with them. Prv and Bos have each played twelve games with Syr, and Chi has played nine, but only the first six can be counted. Prv and Chi won all of the first six games played by them with Syr, while Bos won but four. Thus it will be seen that, by the disbandment of Syr, Chi gets rid of two victories and one defeat, Prv of four victories and two defeats, and Bos of five victories and one defeat.
[revised: prov 46-20, bos 43-23, chi 42-26
A good many people in Chi during the present season have objected to Geo Sh, right-fielder of the W S team, on the ground that he was too much of a “chinner.” The Tribune has on several occasions aluded to this peculiarity of the young man, but out of consideration for him did not state, as it might have done, that, in addition to being noisy and troublesome on the field, Sh was the owrst kind of a disorganizer, even goingt o far not long ago as to charge another member of the nine with selling games, thus starting a rumor, which spread all over the country, that there was crookedness in the W S camp. About a month ago Sh picked a quarrel with W, and from that tiem until the team wen tEast these two men did not speak to each other. Nothing further was heard concerning their trouble until yesterday, when Pres Hul received a letter from Mr. Brown, the manager of the team, stating that, after reaching Bos Sunday, Sh and W got into a dispute in front of the U S Hotel, which ended ina rough-and-tumble fight, Sh being badly worsted and somewhat used up by the encounter. He at once went to Mr. Brown and demanded his release, which was refused., Brown saying that he must first receive instructions from Chi. He stated the facts to Mr. Hul in his letter, and a telegraphic reply was at once sent notifying him imperatively to release Sh at the close of to-day’s game, so that by this time the young man is no longer a W S. Pres Hul action will be indorsed by the Chi public to a man.
Tuesday night Pres Hul signed a contract with te mgrs of the Bush St Theater, S F, to send the W S team on a month’s trip to Cali, leaving here Oct 3, and playing games on the way at Omaha, Dub, Denver, and Salt Lake. The full list of games has not been made out, but the majority of them wil ldoubtless be played in S F. This scheme precludes the possibility of any more games by the Whites in Chi this year.
If the Chis had fielded to-day as well as the Bos, they would have won the game, for they did some brilliant work at the bat.
[in Washington playing the Nat’ls—do these count? Att: 2000+
[a “muffing game,” 13-8 Nationals, TWENTY-THREE Chi errors in 7 innings
“The Season’s Work”
Previous to [Anson’s injury] Larkin had incapacitated himself for play by injudicious conduct, and, as a result, the team suddenly found itlse fminus a Captain and pitcher.
The misfortune of losing Ans at a most ciritical stage of the seaosn’ splay was one that could not be foreseen or remedied. It was like taking a leg from a race-horse, and was but a continuation of the bad luck that has followed the Club—with the exception of 1876—ever since its organization.
Whatever the result of the season’s play may be, it can make no change in Chi’s plans for next year. There will be a first-class team here, with Capt. Anson at the head of it and Flint for catcher. Otherwise no definite arrangements have been made.
Since [two weeks ago, Anson has every day changed] for the better, and last Th Pres Hul received a letter from An, in which eh said that, since reaching his home in Marsh, Ia, he had gained ten pounds in weight, and considered himself fully recovered. On the day the letter was written he was to start on a hunt for prairie-chickens, and expected to be absent until to-day. He will join the W S at Marshalltown on their way to Cali, they leavin gChi Oct. 3 for a month’s trip to the Pac slope.
was the best exhibition of the series. W, who was injured last Sat, has been in bed ever since, and Booth, late of the Nat’l team, substituted at third-base. No comparison for playing the base can be drawn between the two men. However, the errors that the new man committed did no harm and yielded no runs.
[in the sixth]…In making the run Remsen badly sprained his ankle, but managed to play the game out.
The Chis were compelled to play Doscher, of the Troys, on third base to-day, owing to the sickness of W and Remsen, but their nine was not weakened by the substitution. …Peters, of the Chis, played a wretched game, and the Chis could not bat Goldsmith.
Darkness ended the game to-day before the completion of the tenth inning. The Troy side was out, no runs havingh been scored, and one of the Chis had been retired, when both sides assented to a draw; it being impossible to see the ball. The game was very exciting throughout, the Troys tieing the score in the ninth inning, on a two-baser by Bradley, a hit of Holbert, and an error of Doscher. The Troys claim they lost owing to wrong decision of the umpire in the fifth and ninth innings.
[Prov is 51-21, two games away from clinching.
The Chis were outfielded and completely outbatted to-day by the Troys. The game was devoid of interest until the fifth inning, when the Chis had the bases full before a man was out, but afine double play and Dal attempting to steal second put the side out with only two runs scored. Again in the eighth, two men were on bases and one man out., with Fl at the bat, but both he and Remsen were retired by brilliant catches by Evans.
After its usual fashion of doing whatever Chi does, Cinci is about to send its ball team to Cali.
The game to-day [at cleve] was a lame exhibition in every sense of the word. W, Remsen, lark, and Q were hopping around on one leg, while the home nine vied with them in the poorest fielding ever seen on the Clv grounds. The batting, however, was hard. Clv made seven runs in the first inning on four hits and five errors, two passed bals, and two bases on balls; two runs in the fifth innings on a muff by Dal, passed ball, Hank’s wild throw, McC’s sacrifice, and Phillips’s hit; one in the sixth inning on errors by W and Fl, and Strief’s sacrifice.
The Chis made three runs in the first inning on three hits, including W’s two-baser and Eden’s muff; four in the second of three hits, three errors, and a passed ball. Fl missed an opportunity of scoring in the third inning by not running to second on a passed ball. Warner was sick which weakened the home nine. The game was called at the end of the sixth inning on account of darkness.
In an interview with Harry Wr to-day as to the standing of the Lg clubs, he admitted that if the Lg rules were enforced there are only two clubs int eh Lg (Bos and Clv), all others having forfeited their membership under Art. 5, Sec. 9, providing that no game shall be played with a club employing a player expelled from the Lg. The trouble is with McKinnon, who played in the Rochesters till July 3, and was expelled for signing contracts this season with the Hop Bitters and Troys. He played with the former, or was employed by it, when games were had with the Albanys, Holyokes, Worcesters, and Nationals. The Chicagos played the Nationals; then the Buffs played the Albanys; the Cincinnatis the Holyokes; the Troys the Albanys, and the Providence the Holyokes. The Bostons also played the Worcesters; but the latter club sent an affidavit to the Lg Board that they didn’t know of the McK affair at the time, and the Board decided that they would not be held to the rule. Wr thinks the rules are explicit enough to rule out all the clubs except Prov and Boston, if anyone pushes the matter.
Chicago tied the game in the ninth inning on Glassockc’s fumble of W’s grounder, a passed ball, a wild thow by Strief, and Warner’s muff of Gore’s fly. They made the winning run in the tenth inning, on Quest’s base on balls and Larkin’s two-baser.
Heavy batting and the constant changing of the lead made the sport to-day quite interesting, although the cold weather detracted from the enjoyment of the spectators.
The visitors made the winning runs in the ninth inning on Larkin’s hit, Remsen’s three-base, and Dal’s hot grounder to Strief. Hank distinguished himself at third, and W, Rem, Carey, and Strief at the bat.
The Chis and Buffs played an easy sort of a game, fielding and batting fair. The visitors presented a new man at third, bearing the historical name of Stredonske. He hails from Troy, NY, and is a debutant. He had nothing to do but at the bat, and was not a success. W played first although his leg is yet very lame. The Chicagos opened the game with a run, Dal leading with a two-baser, and scoring on a passed ball and a single by Williamson. In the fourth Gore gained two bases ona drive to left, aided by a wild pitch and Flint’s out. The Buffalos made their run in the sixth on Rich’s single, Stredonske’s error, and Walker’s out. The Chis gained the third run int eh sixth, on W’s hit, Gore’s second-baser and Rich’s error.
[Prov clinches with victory over Boston in front of 3,000 in prov.
The Chicagos released Larkin today.
[sloppy game lost 17-5
Corcoran, who goes to Cali with the Whites, is “Larry,” of the Springfields.
Capt AC Anson reached Chi yesterday morning from his home a M, Ia looking as hearty as ever. He will play in Th’s gamehere, and then accompany the Whites to Cali.
Lew Brown, formerly of Prov but lately with the Chis, mysteriously disappeared while the latter team was at Worcester. When last seen he was aboard a train bound for Lowell, his native place, and can probably be found there by anybody desirous of communicating with him.
Considerable curiosity was manifested in this city yesterday by persons interestedin baseball concerning “Stredonske,” whom the telegraph reported as having played third base for the W S in Fri’s game at Buff. The mystery concerning him was partially dispelled when Pres Hul receiving hismorning mail,a dn found among it a letter from Brown, the mgr of the Whites. It was written while the boys were at Clv, and contained the following paragraph: “I have engaged the third-baseman of the Forest Citys, of this place, to play with us in the four games at Buff. I am afraid to try to write his name, but he is a Bohemian and well-built.”
The W S team that will leave for Cali next Sat will play an exhibition game with a strong picked nine on the grounds in this city, foot of Wash street., next Thursday afternoon. The W S will be as follows: McCormick and Corc, pitchers, Flint, C, Anson1 b, Q, 2b, W, 3b, Carey, ss, Dal, lf, Gore, cf, Remsen, rf
Anson’s health is booming. He recently sent Pres Hul a box of prairie chickens shot by him.
The Chi club is the only one in the Lg that has made money this season. The Cincis sunk $2g, the Troys 8g, Prov 2.5g, Bos 4g, and Syr 2g, while the Clv and Buffs came out about even.
A Syracuse paper is responsible for the statement that McCormick, pitcher of the disbanded Stars,will probably play in Chi next season. In justice to the Chi Club it should be said that none of its officers ever had the faintest idea of engaging McC. He is entirely too gay for this part of the country.
The Buffalos continued their free hitting of Hank, although their batting was not as terrific as that of Saturday. …
Frank Folint, catcher of the Chis, left for home to-night where on Th next he is to be married, and Dolan, formerly of the Buffs, and of this year’s Uticas, will take his place in to-morrow’s games.
The Chis and Buffs concluded the season to-day with a pretty game befor a good-sized audience. In the absence of Flint, Dolan impersonated the backstop, handling Hank splendidly.
[oct 2: game with picked nine of locals
[oct 3 &4 vs. Dubuque in Chicago
[Hulbert, when in Buff, signed F.E. Goldsmith
Flint, who is as much interested as anybody in the question of a pitcher—as he has the catching to do—says that G will be founda first-class man for the place.
A telegram received from Pres Hul yesterday afternoon stated that he had secured for next season Burns, the third-baseman and heavy-hitter of the Albanys.
The object of Fl’s trip to Chi in advance of the W S was made plain yesterday, when the celebrated catcher appeared at the County Clerk’s office and secured a marriage license for the use of himself and Mary E. Hoffman. The bridal trip will be Cali, along with the W S.
[beat picked nine 6-1; Corky will pitch Saturday, McC today
[beat Dub 11-6
The feature of the play was the pitching of Corcoran, the Springful man recently secured by the Chi Club. Although a little fellow, he has an exceedingly swift delivery, and is master of all the known curves and twists.
Owing to W’s lameness, he played first base, Anson, who made his reappearance after an illness which at one time threatened to result seriously, attending to third.
The tickets for the Cali trip and return were purchased Th from the Northwestern Railway Company, the price being a trifle over $2,800 for the transportation of twelve men.
[beat Dub 10-1. Comiskey pitched for Dub.
Shaffer, who was released from the Chi team for making a fight that he failed to win, has also signed with the Clevelands.
The Troys have raised a howl because the Chi Club engaged Goldsmith for next season, claiming that he was under contract in Troy. No notice of any such document ever reached the Secretary.
Joe Quest, who is thoroughly posted in turf matters as well as base-ball, thinks the idea of wintering ball-teams in Cali a good one. Ballplayers and trotters, he says, need steady work to keep them in condition.
Goldsmith, the new White Stocking pitcher, weight 226 [0? 8?] pounds, and will be the heaviest man in the nine.
Shaffer has not signed with the Cleve Club, but it is expected that the question will be definitely settled within a few days. It is understood that George demands more salary than Mr. Evans is willing to pay.
Upon the authority of Pres Hul…in addition to Gold and Burns, the Chi Club has secured for next year Ans, Fl, Q, W, and Gore. These are positively al the contracts that have been made.
It was learned here to-day [SF] that Sec Sp, of the Chi Club, has secured for next season Dal and Kelly, the latter player being now with the Cinci team. Both have signed contracts, and the players under engagement and their positions in the Chi nine for 1880 are as follows: Gold, p; Fl, c; Ans, 1; Q, 2; W, 3; Burns, ss; Dal, lf; Gore, cf; Kelly, rf
Larkin is pitching for the Alaska, an amateur club in NYC, and Hankinson plays third base in the same team.
The Chi Club now has nine men under contract, but the positions in which they are to play have not been definitely settled upon.
The Cinci Ball Club yesterday forwarded to Sec Young, at Washington, its resignation as a member of the Lg. The Club’s place in that boy will be filled by the Stars of this city.
A Cinci paper thinks that the grip of the Chi Club upon Kel is not a very secure one, and says: “the announcement from Chi that Kelly had signed to play there in 1880 is probably premature, for several reasons. First, before leaving Cinci Kel signed an agreement not to sign with any club outside of Cinci before Nov 15. Secondly he had not signed when the Chi team left Chi for Cali, and it would be an impossibility for any contract to have been forwarded to him in time to be signed by him since. At most the negotiation with him have probably gone no farther than a telegraphic correspondence. It is not too late yet to secure him to remain in Cinci, and it will be for the interest of the game to keep him here. His written agreement to sign with none other than the Cinci Lg Ball-Club prior to Nov 15 is in the possession of Julius Kahn, of this city, and cannot be ignored by the League.
Article from oct 20 SF Chronicle w/ box score
1879 CHICAGO TIMES
Capt. Anson is in the icty, the first of the nine to put in an appearance. The rest will report for practice by April 1, some of them before. In conversation with a reporter for TST on yesterday, Ans gave it as his opinion that it was a flip of a copper between Chi, Cinci, Boston, and Prov as to which would win the championship. The other four were good clubs, but experience had shown that new organizations stood little chance to win the pennant from the old heads. The four old clubs he believed to be the strongest yet presented to the public and the most evenly matched, the best players of the country being well distributed among them. ..He wanted it understood, however, that if Chi won it would not be the work of Capt. Anson, but of the team; if Boston, not Harry Wr, but the men on the field. He didn’t think one man could win the championship. As to Chi’s team he would say that it would have more preliminary practice than usual. The men would all be on hand a month before the beginning of the season, and would report at the grounds every day and stay there for work just as any man goes to business and stays there.
A correspondent suggests that it would b a good idea for the Chi club management to send its team two or three hundred miles south during April for practice, thereby giving them the same advantages the other league clubs have. The cost in a country town, he argues, would not be as great as here. He thinks lack of practice was responsible for most of the lost games at the opening of the season last year.
For some months Spalding Bros., in connection with their western trade in base-ball goods, have been receiving ginquiries from the best clubs in the principal towns in the far west, as to the possibility of getting the Chis or some other lg club to pay them a visit this fall. They represent that the ball fever runs high there, and that contests, even between their local clubs, draw large crowds. They feel assured that if a well-known organization, like the Chis, would undertake the trip, it would be a paying investment. In any case there would be no loss, as these clubs would guarantee sufficient to pay all expenses. The idea seemed a good one, and the managers have been turning the matter over in their minds for some time, and have finally reached the conclusion that they will chance it. The intention is to start immediately after the close of the championship season. The lg contracts will have closed by that time, and, whether the nine will be continued under pay, or whether it will go as a cooperative organization, is not yet definitely settled. The party will consist of Messrs. Hul and Sp and ten men. The intention is to arrange for games at Omaha, Denver, Cheyenne, Laramie, Salt Lake City, Virginia City, Sacramento, San Fran, Oaklan, San Jose and other accessible points. Of course the matter is considerably in embryo, as yet, in reference to dates, places, terms, etc., which can only be determined by correspondence.
The sale of season tickets in the grand stand began on yesterday, and, judging by the numbers disposed of during the day, the interest in the game has in nowise abated here, but is rather on the increase. Pres Hul has looked over the field and is of the opinion that the outlook for bal lthis year, not only here but elsewhere, is more promising than it has been for years past.
Gore, of the Chis, got the walking foolishness into his head to such an extent as to undertake a twenty-five mine match with Stovey, of the New Bedfords. Now he wishes he hadn’t, for at the sixteenth mile he strained a cord in one of his ankles and had to stop. This little freak may cost him his summer’s salary. The lg contracts are, in racing parlance, “play or pay.”
The uniform stockings of the Chi nine are to be of silk. It will be the best-dressed team in the league.
The grounds in White Stocking park are being graded.
Gore and Dal have reached the city.
All of the members of the Chi ball team are now in the city, and are industriously at work, getting themselves in trim for the opening of the season. They report at the grounds at 10 o’clock every morning and remain till noon. Returning at 2 they practice till 5.
The men were dressed in a practice uniform of brown denims, with red stockings, and looked like a lot of exaggerated sparrows hopping about over the ground. Most of them look brown and hardy, as though the winter months had not put them out of condition.
James W. McKey, of Buffalo, will give a medal to the league player who makes the best combined average in batting and fielding during the season of 1879. He thinks it will induce the heavy batters to look more to their fielding averages, and the fine fielders to do something in the way of hitting. The medal will be of solid gold, five inches high and two broad, and will weigh twenty-five pennyweights.
The league nines will do considerable travling this season in playing the championship games, the Cincis and Chis having the greatest distance—6,700 miles each—and the Syracuse Stars the least—4,600 miles.