Clipping:Stalling; the wait game

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Date Sunday, September 19, 1858

[Stars vs. Champions 9/17/1858] [Champions ahead by three after eight innings] On the ninth inning, the Champions made two. On the Stars going to the bat, the Champions felt safe of the game, five runs being a great many to score against such playing as theirs; but when the Stars had made five, then commenced the peculiar style of playing of which the champions may well boast. Slatterly commenced by pitching nearly every ball far behind the catcher, and proportionately high, and then, when the ball was returned to him, letting it pass him, and then, when sent for second base, or short, missing it again, and all, of course, with the intention of throwing the inning so far in the dark as to render it nugatory. In this beautiful style of playing, Slatterly was well supported by his worthy coadjutor, one of whom, when the ball was about to be thrown tot he first base, called out to “throw high way, over the base,” and in fact, as one of the Stars say, “they wouldn’t put him out any way.”

After the Stars had made seven runs in this inning, and the whole of the Champion nine had become impregnated with Slatterly’s style of playing, they all came in from the field before one of the Stars had been put out, and though none were put out, it was not from a lack of chances to put them out, but because there was no desire on the part of the Champions to do so, and after a long discussion, the Champions effected their object. It was, by this time, really too dark to play any longer, and the game was thus broken up. Mr. Dakin, the umpire, on the eighth inning, gave the game to the Champions, who, perfectly satisfied at the result, no doubt feel proud of their victory.

There is no denying that the Champions are a strong club; but they will not gain a very high reputation for ball playing by such proceedings as those above recorded.

Source New York Sunday Mercury
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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