Manufacturer's baseball game


Publication: The Muncie Daily News

Muncie, IN, United States
vol. 13, no. 40, p. 3, col. 3




Fun and Sport at the Muncie Park

for All.

The State League Games Take an Odd

Turn - Base Ball Gossip.

The game of ball yesterday afternoon at the Muncie park between Manufacturers and Real Estate men, for the benefit of the Free Kindergarten and Industrial schools was witnessed by a jolly crowd that went to enjoy the fun, and not for scientific ball. The guests began to arrive about 3 o'clock and were received by Hon. Mr. Floyd (gate-keeper) who wished all a merry time. Although the affair was a most rechere and delightful one, the costumes of the ladies present were noticeable for their quietness, soft tints being principally utilized.

At a little after 3:30 o'clock the sonorous tones of Umpire Beason, with his little red hat, called out "Play Ball," and as the Real Estate men had taken the field choice, little Woods, the little lively third-baseman McCulloch, with a pink tie and a smile that ran around his head like a halo, trotted out to their representative positions; while Al Johnson, with a sober countenance, asked a little boy where first was and quietly walked hither, and as the other boys by inquiry or intuition found where their places were, all were ready for the fray. The Manufacturers commenced to put their willow and ash sticks forcibly against the against the small white globe in their first turn at bat, and succeeded in getting nice men past the white stone ere three had been put out on errors. Anthony as a catcher may or may not be a success, it matters not which while, while all admit that Kilgore is equalled by all, superior to none and unexcelled by many when playing as short. Kirby's strong hold is as substitute; in fact he is one of the best subs that ever sat on the bench, but then he does not bat bad when he does not forget it is his turn. Hathaway was in his box for the "dirt" men; was in fine form and by much effort caused the ball to strike several of the batters. If he practices we think he could hit more of them. Martin, Griffith, Hartley and Messersmith took turn about around in the fields. They needed no roller skates to get around the diamond, and were not looking-glass players by any means. As stick-wafters the "dirt dealers" are dandies, and many times did they drive the ball to remote parts of the grounds, and many bases did they acquire by skilful means and their runs were the result of awkwardness or scientific playing of the muscle laborers, it mattereth not which it was. At any rate at the end of seven innings they had 22 runs to their account.

For the Manufacturers Over and Hamilton as the battery, with their hair neatly parted and mustaches curled, by their sweet smiles, won the admiration of many fair ones in the elite audience. Over throws a swift ball, and held his opponents down to numerous safe hits. Smith caught part of the game. He still has it and is going to preserve the same. Hemingray played around the bag back of the pitcher's box. He will have a keg there next time and will no doubt be able to thereby play better ball.

Whitney, Hart and Hitchcock did the field act. If they had all been Whitneys the grounds would be in much better shape, but such little men as some of the players were can not even tramp down the grass. The Ball boys were there for work, but could not for the sweet smiles of the fair ladies. As a success the game lasted long and was entertaining throughout. It might also be mentioned there was a score, which was as follows:

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