Kicking off the pre-season

In honor of pitchers and catchers reporting this week I’m dipping my toe back into the water again, this time with an attempt to provide numerous items of varying quality and interest about baseball, it will be content heavy at times, with some meanderings on the game here and there. My Reds writing will be offered up to my friends at Redlegnation as I plan on rediscovering that as well.  But his site though will be housing items about the game that I have squirreled away or found here or there.

This week we’ll start off with a scorecard from back in the day when the game looked different, in fact it looked like this.  At the time Cincinnati was the 9th largest city in the U.S. and one of the lucky ones to have a a major league team.

A true treasure is found in this scorecard for the 1894 Cincinnati Reds team managed by Charles Comiskey. This team finished 10th in the 12 team league and is to this day the only Reds squad to surrender more than 1000 runs in a season.

As far as the game being played on the cover, it’s baseball of a different era, simple clues such as no stands in the pastoral outfield, catchers without shin guards and a diamond shaped home plate are items that would vanish before too long.

 

1894 Scorecard (Reds)

Also in this piece (nestled beneath ads for ice delivery… yes kids,  ice boxes were real!) we can find portraits of “Bug” Holliday (.370 BA that year, .942 OPS) “Dummy” Hoy. Both players scored over 110 runs and the Reds like the rest of the league broke numerous scoring records that season.

Page 20 1894 Scorecard

 

A fellow just can’t find a good seltzer these days.

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