Nov 18

Anson Declines to Score

Washington is in its second year in the National League. It is 13 July and Anson’s nine is in town to play the Grays. The result a 4 to 0 whitewash of Washington.

The visitors were completely shut out for the first time this season. The Chicago’s made desperate efforts to score throughout the contest, but were unsuccessful. In the ninth inning Captain Cap Anson sent the ball soaring over left field fence, but stopped running at third. As but one hand was out he decided to stay there to keep the catcher under the bat. The side was quickly retired, however, leaving Anson hugging the bag. The batteries, Lady Baldwin and Silver Flint, Jim Whitney and Connie Mack. Umpire Doscher. Line-up, Carroll-Lf, Hines-Cf, Daily-Rf, O’Brien-1b, Whitney-P, Mack-C, Farrell-SS, Myers-2b, Donnelly-3b.

There was another interesting ball game at Capitol Park, and the best of it was that
the Washington’s succeeded in administering a defeat to the famous Chicago team by a score of
3 to 0. Although the visitors were shut out, in reality they were entitled to a score, as Cap Anson
knocked the ball over the left field fence for a home run. This was in the ninth inning, and but one man was out. The big captain refused to run further than third base. His reasons were obvious. One run would do the visitors no good as far as the game was concerned. He was anxious for more. By remaining at third, the next batter, if he succeeded in getting to first, could easily reach second, and then a base hit would net two runs, with a good chance of tying the game. With men on bases, the fielders would be much more apt to make errors, particularly the catcher, who was expected to come close behind the bat. If Anson’s scheme had worked he would have been highly praised as a base ball strategist. The Washington’s made all their runs in the third inning, on a couple of hits and good base running by Al Myers, Cliff Carroll and Paul Hines, Jim Whitney and Connie Mack were the home battery performed their work nobly. Not a man was given his base on balls or by being struck by a pitched ball. Whitney was well supported, Myers in particular covering a great deal of ground in good style. The victors made ten hits and three errors, and the Chicago’s eight hits and four errors. The home nine made one or two errors that are not in the score, and which ought never to be repeated. They were errors of judgment in coaching base runners.