Clipping:Reserve teams disbanding

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Date Tuesday, May 20, 1884
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The reserve clubs are having a hard time of it. Their schedule is broken beyond patching by the disbanding of several organizations, and those that remain are likely to prove financial millstones about the necks of the regulars. Thirty-two dollars was the sum total taken in at the gates at the American park during the Evansville-Cincinnati Reserve game last Thursday. On Saturday last the Vincennes received $6 as their share of the game in the city with the St. Louis Reserves. (St. Louis) Missouri Republican May 20, 1884

The reserve team schedule will be played through. The only club that has disbanded in the series is the Milwaukee reserves, and several applications from outside teams have been made to take their place. Evansville will probably be accorded the place. St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 20, 1884

The Cleveland Reserves have decided not to come to St. Louis. Accordingly the games scheduled for this week are “off.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 29, 1884

The Cincinnati Reserves were to have started for St. Louis last night, but the management gave up the trip as a bad go, and decided to disband the team. Shallix, Muller and Weibe will be retained. Early last evening the manager of the Pittsburg Reserves received a telegram ordering him to bring the team home. They sold the tickets they had to Omaha, and will most likely disband also. Cincinnati Enquirer June 1, 1884 [?? Check the cite]

The Reserve team idea does not seem to be a taking one. Harry Wright has let his Reserve players go, and the Cleveland colts and Milwaukee Reserves are things of the past. The managers of several teams will hold a meeting in this city this week to patch up a schedule for the rest of the clubs to sink some of their spare money on. Cincinnati Enquirer May 20, 1884

One by one the reserve teams are disappearing. The Cleveland Reserves, or Akron team, are the last to go under. From the first they have been a shite elephant on the hands of the club, and were finally transferred to Akron in hopes of making them pay expenses. They have been no more profitable there, however, and the management have notified Mr. Von der Ahe that they will not play their return games with the St. Louis Reserves. Cincinnati Enquirer May 30, 1884, quoting the St. Louis Republican

The Cincinnati Reserves were to have started for St. Louis last night, but the management gave up the trip as a bad go, and decided to disband the team. Shallix, Muller and Weibe will be retained. Early last evening the manager of the Pittsburg Reserves received a telegram ordering him to bring the team home. They sold the tickets they had to Omaha, and will most likely disband also. Cincinnati Enquirer June 1, 1884

The announcement that the Cincinnati Reserves had disbanded was a little premature. They left for St. Louis Saturday night, and will play out their schedule of games there this week. It is likely, however, that they will then yield up the ghost. They may possibly, however, continue to the 15th of this month. Cincinnati Enquirer June 2, 1884

The St. Louis Reserves are no more. Their brief career terminated yesterday morning. Since the time of the inception of the enterprise the team has been a dead weight on Mr. Von der Ahe. Their trip was an almost unbroken series of defeats, and at home their games never drew more than a corporal’s guard. The nine had some good material, but the people, who had been used to much better ball were unwilling to pay to see the reserves play. In fact, people paid no attention whatever to their game and outside a few personal freinds of the players, nobody ever attended. The result was Mr. Von der Ahe wearied of paying out a lot of money, from which he could hope for no return, and yesterday he called the players into his office and gave them all their releases, retaining only Srrueve and Krehmeyer, the two catchers. They are retained, so that if Deasley and Dolan are injured at any time, Krehmeyer and Strueve can take their place. Harry Wheeler, who was a member of the regular nine until recently when he was placed on the reserves and Goldsby of the reserves given his place on the regular nine, was among the men released. The players appeared to understand the situation and did not rebel against Mr. Von der Ahe for releasing them. They were paid every dollar due them. Their failure will about wind up the reserve team enterprise. (St. Louis) Missouri Republican June 3, 1884

The Akron “Preserves” gave up the ghost at Hamilton yesterday, and the members are en route for their respective homes over the different turnpikes leading from the town. Cincinnati Enquirer June 12, 1884

Source Missouri Republican
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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