Stafford County Republican
The morning of the third inst, gave promise of a beautifully pleasant day, and most completely was the promise fulfilled, with the exception of the intolerable heat and a little too much dust.
At an early hour the streets, were thronged with people of every age, sex and condition - a large majority being strangers; all bent upon seeing the sights of the occasion.
The procession of fantastics, made lots fun.
Mr. Hillis, Mr. Crawford, and Rev. Smiley and Abbot, made a few excellents remarks, and although there was no imported orator for the occasion the people were well pleased with the logical talk of the gentlemen referred to.
The great event of the day was the game of base-ball between Stafford and St. John - a report in full of which will be found elsewhere.
Sobriety and good order prevailed throughout, and there was no drunkness really during the day or evening, and not a single accident has been reported.
One of the most interesting features of the celebration here on Saturday was the game of ball between the Stafford and St. John clubs. This was the third game between these nines, and it was expected to be decisive, each nine having won a game before. Stafford got there of course, as she always does when she goes in to win. But the game was no discredit to St. John for her boys played better than they ever have did before. The game was set for two o'clock, but was delayed until almost four. Some of out players belonged to the band and could not get away till the exercises at the stand were over. After the game began however the throng who had assembled to witness it were amply repaid for waiting. Barring a bad break or two it was undoubtdly the best game that has been played in this part of the country, Stafford went to bat and were retired in regular order. Chapman who headed the list for St. John made a sharp hit to short and reached first base safely. He crowded round to third and came home on a passed ball before the third man was struck out. Stafford made a run in the next inning, and then white-washed St. John. It was now one to one and so remained for three more innings both sides being white-washed three time in succession. The crowd was enthusiastic no such playing having ever been done before. In the sixth inning however, Stafford got on to it hard and scored four runs. St. John following with only one. This virtually won the game, though the playing continued hot to the close. Our boys succeeded in getting three more runs and their opponents only one making nine for Stafford and three for St. John. The batting for both sides was strong, there being but few hard hits.
Kingsley pitched the nine innings straight for Stafford, and was apparently good for as many more. He fanned out so many, the scorers lost track of them, and only one safe hit was made off of him during the game. The field work was also exceptionally good, Vickers and Reeves of the field each making a fine catch.
The following is the score:
WHAT WE HEARD THE SPECTATORS SAY.
Cabtain Larabee, of the
Stafford club, won admiration of all the spectators.
Typed by Cindy Koegel, courtesy of Stafford County Museum.