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Many of you know, some of you don’t, that SABR is not just a bunch of folks sitting around coming up with new-fangled statistics meant to irritate Murray Chass. On the contrary, one of the most valuable facets of SABR is the historical research being done.
To that end, I received an e-mail yesterday from SABR member Bill Nowlin, who is in need of some assistance with a research project on a St. Louis baseball club of yesteryear.
The St. Louis Public Library microtext department at the main downtown branch is apparently closed for renovations.
I volunteered to write up the game of June 3, 1875 for a book project the 19th Century Committee had in the works – the St. Louis Reds hosting the Boston Red Stockings. The game took place in St. Louis. I’ve been able to find three different accounts in Boston newspapers (I live in Boston), but so far cannot find any in newspapers in or near St. Louis.
I was able to access the St. Louis Dispatch online, but they don’t mention a thing on either June 4 or the day of the game itself.
I have to believe that some newspaper in the area provided coverage. There were, indeed, two teams from St. Louis in the National Association in 1875.
Probably there are other places which have microtext available – Independence, Columbia, other branches in St. Louis?
I would very much appreciate any assistance SABR members could provide.
Please contact me offline, if you have questions as to what I’m looking for.
Know a way to find this information or someone who can? Leave a note in the comments or shoot an e-mail through the contact form.