Monday, November 12, 2012

Cincinnati Reds in Marietta

Marietta Daily Times, October 24, 1911

Reds Here Tomorrow.

Big Leaguers Will Play Game With Marietta Professionals.

Everything Ready For Big Event of Season.

Local Team Will Pitch Hanley and Have Strong Combination in the Field.

Everything is in readiness for the big baseball game which will be pulled off tomorrow at the fair grounds between the Cincinnati Reds and the Marietta Professionals.  From present indications the crowd will number several thousand persons and everything has been done to take care of the crowd.  Ten special police will be on the grounds to maintain order, though the general crowds that attend games in this city are very orderly.
The locals will have a line-up that will give the Reds a hard game and will at the same time give the people a run for their money.  Marietta's favorite Tom Hanley, who has been pitching great ball for the Zanesville Central League club, will be in the box for Marietta.  In the event that they find him, Hunter, another local man, will be tried on the mound.  If he should be touched up he will be relieved by either Kaler or Robinson.  The management has been negotiating with both men, but will not decide until this evening which one will be engaged.
Capt. Ellis of the Professionals will catch the game.  "Pop" Hastings of Parkersburg, will hold down the initial bag.  Myers, a speedy second baseman, who played during the past summer in the Canadian league, and later with the New York State league, will be here in Reisling's place.  Myers was recommended by Reisling as a better man for the position than himself.
Cain, who has been playing for two years with the Portsmouth team in the Ohio State League will play short stop in the place of Mullen.  He has the reputation of being a terrific slugger, and much will be expected from him in the way of hitting.  He is also a good man on short.  Chester King, of the Wheeling Central League team, will play third base.  His playing is of high class and he should be a tower of strength on the local team.  The fielders will be "Home-run" Karl Meister, Curt Elston, and Neale of Parkersburg.  These are all fine gardners, and it may be possible that they will have plenty of work to do.
The regular Cincinnati Reds line-up will play.  It is:  Bescher lf., Hoblitzel 1st., Bates rf., Mitchell rf., Egan 2nd., Downey ss., Esmond 3rd., McLean c., Keefe or Fromme p.
Drumm and Camden will be the umpires.  There are being erected on the fair grounds today, bleachers which will accommodate all who attend the game on Wednesday, and the charge for both grandstand and bleachers will remain the same that it has always been, 10 cents.
It is understood that many people will attend the game from out of the city and it is expected that there will be several hundred up from Parkersburg, to see "Hobby" play first for the Reds.  The game will be called at 3 p.m.
The management has made arrrangements to receive the returns of the New York-Philadelphia game at the fair grounds, so that the public may know as soon as possible, the outcome of the very interesting game, which is attracting universal attention.
Marietta Daily Times, October 25, 1911:
Reds Meet Local Team.
Big Game on at Marietta Fair Grounds This Afternoon.
Big Leaguers Bring Regular Men on Barn-Storming Tour.
"Banny" Bancroft and his Cincinnati Reds arrived Tuesday evening from Ravenswood, and are quartered at the Wakefield.  This afternoon a big crowd is assembled at the fair grounds to witness a game between the Reds and the Marietta Professionals.
The Reds are here with their regular line-up, which is not often the case when National or American league teams go on barn-storming trips.  Fromme and McLean are the visitors' battery, while Hanley and Ellis are working for Marietta.
The Reds will leave this evening at 7 o'clock for Greenfield, where they will spend the night.  Thursday morning they go to Hillsboro, where they play Thursday afternoon.
Marietta Daily Times, October 26, 1911:
Reds Hit Ball and Easily Win Out.
Big League Team Makes Good Impression On Spectators.
Long Clouts Feature Exhibition Contest.
Marietta Team Shows Up Well and Scores Six Runs Against the Visiting Athletes.
Over 2,000 people witnessed the big baseball game at the fair grounds Wednesday afternoon, between the Cincinnati Reds and the Marietta Professionals.  For two weeks, it has been known, weather permitting, that the Reds would be in the city to play an exhibition game, the fans had been making their plans to attend, and from the appearance of the fair grounds "everybody" was there.
Between 300 and 400 people from Parkersburg came up to see the game, most of them personal friends of "Hobby," who played a good game on the initial bag.  Many came also to see Hastings, King and Neale, Parkersburg boys who played with the Professionals.
While the visitors had things easy, there were several features about the contest that deserve special mention.  Curt Elston played a star game for the locals.  He clouted the ball all over the lot and played a great game in the field and on the base lines.  This was the first time that Marietta people have had the change to see Curt play in a long time and they liked his showing.
Karl Meister was another Marietta boy who proved his ability to "bing the pill" by lining out a long drive for the circuit when there was a man on base.  Chester King played a great game at third.
Tom Hanley did not come up to the expectations of many.  He was undoubtedly nervous to a certain extent which accounts for his loose pitching in the first inning.  Tom has speed and he has the necessary curves and after playing a few games against the "big boys" he would hold his own.  Hunter pitched three innings for the locals, and he showed remarkably good form.  The locals fans were anxious to see him work.
Bules relieved Neale in right field and distinguished himself by getting a home run.  The first time Herman came to bat he appeared to Fromme, who pitched the game for the Reds, to be easy money.  But the next time Herman faced him he hit a long one out to the race track for four sacks.
Cain, who played short stop for Marietta, put up an exceptionally good game, and he made himself very popular with everybody.  Myers of Caldwell, put up a good game for the locals at second getting everything that came his way, and was careful in his throwing.  Barron, who is attending college, pitched the last inning of the game and Cincinnati failed to find him.  Barron is a southpaw.
The game put by Cincinnati was a hummer.  They were fast and strong everywhere.  "Larry" McLean caught the first three innings and his antics caused much amusement on the part of the spectators.  Esmond, who is a new man on the Reds, played short and he gives promise of being one of the fastest infielders in the National League.  He pulled off a fine play or two.
The Reds looked good to the local fans, who are trying again to figure how they finished so low in the National League race.  The men are fast in fielding and on the bases, hit the ball hard, throw well and know the game.  They are a good ball team.
The Reds opened up on Hanley in the opening inning.  After Bescher had been retired Hobby hit over second for a base.  On the hit and run Bates drove over first and Hobby pulled up at third.  Mitchell hit a long fly along the right foul line.  It went for two bags and two runs came across.  Egan flied to Meister and Mitchell beat the throw in.
In the third they doubled their count by adding three, Esmond hitting for the circuit when Bates and Egan were on the corners.  Fromme got a homer in the fourth, after Bates had doubled and been thrown out trying to steal third.  Bescher's four-base clout added one in the seventh and two-base shots by Fromme and Clark completed the count in the final.
Marietta's first tallies resulted from Meister's home run to right in the third, after Cain had singled.  They went scoreless from that inning until the eighth when an error, a single and Bules circuit drive gave them three.  Cain got a homer in the ninth and scored the sixth run.
Reds:  R-9 H-17 E-2
Marietta:  R-6 H-10 E-3

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