Chicago Tribune, April 30, 1870
Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune
THE CHICAGO NINE VS. THE UNIONS OF ST. LOIUS
St. Louis, April 29.—The Chicago Base Ball Club inaugurated the match game season of 1870, by a contest with the Unions, of St. Louis, and achieved one of the greatest victories on record.
ARRIVAL AT ST. LOUIS.
The Chicago Nine reached this city at 11 o’clock this afternoon, after a safe and comfortable journey over the Illinois Central, being supplied with quarters in the sleeping car, an proceeded to the Laciede Hotel, where they were allotted spacious and nicely furnished rooms, the same suite as that occupied by the Red Stockings on the occasion of their visit here last season.
TO THE FIELD.
Dinner over, the club entered carriages supplied by the Unions, and were driven to the base ball park, about four miles northwest of the city, where both clubs were soon on hand in readiness for work.
UNIFORM OF THE CHICAGO NINE.
The Chicago nine were clad in their new uniform, which they had donned for the first time, and an elegant one it is. It consists of a blue cap adorned with a white star in the centre, white flannel shirt, trimmed with blue and bearing the letter C upon the breast worked in blue. Pants of bright blue flannel, with white cord, and supported by a belt of blue and white British thread, shoes of white goatskin, with the customary spikes., the ensemble constituting by far the showiest and handsomest ever started by a base ball club. Already the snowy purity of the hose has suggested the name of “White Stockings” for the nine, and it is likely to become as generally accepted, not to say as famous, as that of the sanguinary extremities.
1870 Chicago Base Ball Club
Left to Right: Cuthbert, Tracey, Hodes, Meyrle, Pinkam, Wood, McAtee, Craver, King, Flynn
THE ST. LOUIS CLUN.
The Union Club, which is composed entirely of the best class of St. Louis young men, also sported their new outfit for the first time, the same being made up of white cap, shirt, and pants, and blue stockings.
About one hundred people were present, and the day was as bright and warm and beautiful as could have been prayed for.
were not in the best of condition, owing to the extreme length of the grass, which materially altered the calculations of the Chicago players in stopping ground balls. A vast deal of interest was taken in the game by the St. Louis people, who were curious to see whether the Chicago Club would administer a beating to the Unions as did the Red Stockings in 1869, when the score was 70 to 9—the prevailing opinion being that would not be done.
COMPETITION OF THE ST. LOUIS NINE.
The Union nine is considered materially stronger than that of last year, being now constituted as follows:
Turner, second base
German, short stop
Easton, first base
Mellier, left field
Greenleaf, right field
Duncan, third base
Wolff, centre field
They certainly proved themselves a strong nine in the field and on the bases—stronger than any of the amateur organizations—but did not develop a corresponding skill at the bat.
The Chicago Club was positioned in the regular way, McAtee playing at firs, although yet troubled by his leg, and Flynn served as a substitute, the first game, by the way, which he ever witnessed as a spectator, played by a club with which he was connected.
The game was called at 3½ o’clock, B. J. Shafer, of the Actives of New York, being selected as umpire, and proving most efficient, watchful, fair, and prompt in that position.
After the third inning, the remainder of the game hardly calls for a detailed description, the Unions suffering a whitewash in each if the subsequent innings, and scoring but 1 run in the game, while Chicago secured 47.
THE PLAY OF THE WHITE STOCKINGS.
On the oart of the Chicago nine, it would be difficult to discriminate where all did so well, the very few errors which were made being mainly attributable to the long grass. The batting was terrific, long, and safe. Craver distinguished himself by several magnificent foul flies; Tracey by a fine running catch, and Meyrle out of the same sort. That the others did not come in for a share of the honors was due to the inferior batting of the Unions. Tracey led the batting score, made seven first base hits, and nine total bases on hits.