Saturday, March 21, 2015


Baseball Game in 1891 in New York.
The Cortland Democrat, August 30, 1889.


   One of the most interesting base ball games of the season was played on Saturday last at the Cortland County Fair Grounds, when the Cortlands and Elmiras crossed bats [sic].
   The Elmiras finished second in the race for the pennant in the League and the creditable drawing which the Cortlands made proved that the boys are good ball players. The team do not want for hitters but for base runners, and when a player gets the ball in his hands, he is at a loss what to do with it.
   The Cortlands were first at bat but they were unable to score. Hugh Corcoran was beaten to first by the ball, and Dexter, the next victim, flew out to Davern. McCarthy then came to bat and with two men out smashed the ball into center garden for a base hit. Will Corcoran then hit the ball to the 3rd base man, who fumbled it, Will thus getting first and shoring Denny on to 2d. Doud then hit the ball to Brill and got his base. This hit filled the bases, with Shearon, the professional pitcher of the Elmiras, who was playing with Cortland for that day, at the bat.
   The hopes of the spectators were speedily dashed to the ground as he bunted the ball down to Goodall who at once returned it to the catcher thus forcing McCarthy out and retiring the side. The visitors had better luck in their half of the inning. After Joe McGuckin was put out Shugarts smashed a ground hall down by Shearon to Will Corcoran who was unable to recover in time to shut him out. He stole 2nd and 3rd because of wild throw by Wells and came home on Brill's hit to Welch, who threw it wildly to Dowd.
   Meanwhile Burns obtained first and second on an error by Shearon and came home on the error by Welch before mentioned. After this Brill was put out by Dowd, Hugh Corcoran assisting and Pitz was out in a liner into the hands of Shearon.
   In the second inning Welch was put out at first, Wells then struck out. Flood got his base on an error by the pitcher, stole 2nd and reached 3rd on a passed ball by Pitz. But he was left on this base as Hugh Corcoran was unable to bat the ball down to first. This ended our half.
   Quirk, the first hitter for the Elmiras reached first on an error by Welch, stole 2nd and 3rd and came home on John McGuckin's hit to Flood. McGuckin reached 3d on a wild throw by Dowd and went to 3rd on a passed ball of Wells. Goodall now hit the ball to Corcoran who threw it to Dowd shutting Mr. Goodall off at that base and Dowd having thrown the ball down to Wells, McGuckin was shut out at the home plate. Davern then coming to bat struck out.
   Neither aide was able to score after this until the 6th inning when Shearon hit safely to right field for 2 bases, stole 3rd and came home on Well's sacrifice hit, Welch meanwhile having struck out. Flood then flew out to Davern. In the Elmiras half, Brill scored on his own hit and a 2 bagger by Pitz, and John McGuckin having been hit by a pitched ball, stole 2nd and reached 3rd and home on a 2 baser by Goodall.
   The Cortlands made 2 more runs in the 9th inning. Dexter reached first on his hit and 2nd on the throw in and came home on the 2nd base hit by McCarthy. Denny also scored by stealing 3rd and reaching home on Will Corcoron's base hit.
   Meanwhile the Elmiras had made 3 runs thus ending the game by a score of 8 to 4. The features of the game were the playing of Dowd, Corcoran and Davern. The full score was as follows:
                              AB.  R.  BH.  PO.  A.  E.  SH.  SO.  SB.  BE.  BR.  LB.
H. Corcoran, 2b        5    0     2      0    2    0     0     0      1     0      0      0
Dexter, cf                   5    1      2      1     0    0     0     0      1     0      0      1
McCarthy, lf              4    1      2      2    0    0     0      0      1     0      1      1
W. Corcoran, ss         4    1      1      2    2    1     0      0      2     3      2      3
Dowd, 1b                   5    0      1      9    2    2     0      0      0     0      0      2 
Shearon, p                 4     1      1      0    9    3     0      0      1     0      0      1
Welch, 3b                  4     0      1      2    1    3     0      1      0     1      0      1
Wells, c                     4     0      0      8    0    2     1      1      0     0      0      0
Flood, rf                    4     0      0      0    0    1     0      0      0     1      0      1
[totals]                      39   4     10    24  16   12    1      2      6     5      3    10

                             AB.  R.  BH.  PO.  A.  E.  SH.  SO.  SB.  BE.  BR.  LB.
J. McGuckin, [lf]     5     1     1      3    1    0     0      0     0      1      0      1
Shugarts, 3b             5     2     2      1    1    1     0      1     1      2      0      2
Burns, ss, c               5     1     0     0    2    1     0      0     0      1      0      0
Brill, 1b                    4     1     2     11   0    1     0      1     0      0      0      1
Pitz, c, ss                 4     0     2      4   2    0     0       1     1      0      0      1
Quirek, 2b               4     1     0      4   2    0     0       1     2      1      0      0
Joe McGuckin [rf]  3     1     1       1    1   1     0       0     1      0      0      0
Goodall, p               3     0     1       0    6   1     0       0     0      0      0      1
Davern, cf               4     1     0       3    0   1     0       2     0      2      0      1
[totals]                    37    8     9      27  15  6     0      6      5      7      0      7
CORTLANDS              0   0   1  0  0  1  0  0  2 = 4
ELMIRAS                    2   1   0  0  0  2  1  2  0 = 8
Two base hits—McCarthy, Dowd, Shearon, Pitz, Goodall. Double plays—W. Corcoran to Dowd to Wells, John McGurkin to Quirek. Passed balls—Wells 4, Pitz 1. Time of Game—one hour 30 minutes. Umpire, J. Kennedy, Cortland. Scorer, M. A. Rice, Jr.
   A stock company has been organized consisting of Edwin Robbins, J. H. Arnold, Jas. Schermerhorn, Al. Wallace, J. Whiting, G. F. Beaudry, John F. Dowd, Chas. W. Stoker, and two others, who will put the club on its feet for the remainder of the season.
   The nine will probably be strengthened by the addition of a professional pitcher, either Gallagher or Shearon. Bert Kinney will probably play with the team on his return as 3rd base man. This nine deserves the patronage of the public.

Central New York Breeders.
   At the meeting of the Central New York Breeder's Association held in Auburn last week. Elbert, the chestnut stallion owned by Hon. O. U. Kellogg of this place, won the two-thirty-five stallion race in three straight heats, getting a record of 2:29 1/2. This will make him and his dam standard bred and also several other colts out of the same dam.
   Elbert is by Dictator and is undoubtedly one of the finest horses in Central
New York. We understand that he was not pushed and that he can make considerable better time if required.
   The day following Mr. Kellogg's bay stallion, Walter G., won the four-year-old stakes in 2:47. Mr. Kellogg certainly has reason to feel proud of the performances of the entries from his stables.

New Harness Shop.
   Wilmarth & Livingston is the name of a new firm who have just opened a first class harness shop at No. 11 Groton avenue, opposite the Cortland Opera House, where may be found a complete line of harnesses, whips, robes, blankets, and in fact every thing [sic] that is kept in a first class harness shop. Mr. Livingston is an old resident of this place, and fully understands the needs of all who want anything in this line. His ability as a workman needs no recommendation from us, for "John" is one of "the old school."
   Mr. Wilmarth has conducted a successful business at Pitcher for many years, and thoroughly understands the harness business. The new firm start in under favorable auspices, and will undoubtedly meet with success.

Fatal Accident.
   Just as we were going to press, one of the most painful accidents occurred that it has ever been our duty to record, resulting in the death of Mr. Barnum S. Tanner, one of our most esteemed and highly respected citizens. Mr. Tanner was at the depot on the arrival of the 12:28 train, and had just taken a seat in the conveyance of Mr. J. H. Cole, for the purpose of coming up town, while Mr. Cole was unloosing the horse. Before the reins could be reached the horse started suddenly, and ran with terrific speed, turning the corner at Lewis street, so short that the wagon was overturned, throwing Mr. Tanner out with such force and in such a manner as to break his neck. Life was extinct by the time that he was reached, and it was found that the leg of a commercial traveler whose name we have not learned, who was seated beside him, was also broken.
   The body of Mr. Tanner was immediately taken to his home, where it is being prepared for burial. The blow falls with crushing force upon the family, who have been sorely afflicted within a few years past by visitations of death. For want of time we are compelled to forego further remark until our next issue.—Dryden Echo, Aug. 24.
   Mr. Tanner was a brother of Mr. A. F. Tanner, of the firm of Tanner Bros., of this place, and leaves two sons and three daughters. The gentleman who was in the wagon with him was Mr. O. W. Sears, of Binghamton, whose injuries were more serious than was first supposed. His leg was not broken, but his right arm and left leg were severely bruised and he suffered front concussion of the brain caused by striking upon his head in the road. He was taken to his home on Tuesday. Miss Jennie Paddock, of Syracuse, was also in the wagon and was thrown out, but was not seriously injured, although she was badly shaken up. She was on a visit to Mr. Tanner's family, and Mr. Tanner was at the depot to meet her. Miss Paddock is engaged to Mr. Tanner's son, who is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

   Cards are out for the marriage of Mr. Isaac M. Foster to Miss Margaret Spotswood, on August 28th at the home of the bride, Richfield, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. John Foster left for that place last Wednesday to be present. Uli and Mrs. Slick were not forgotten and herewith send their best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the new made family. Ike was never known to go back on his friends. We will just imagine that we are kissing the bride.
   On Saturday the Grubers held a birthday celebration of some one of their family by a display of roman candles and Chinese lanterns. The seven boats in line along the north shore [Little York Lake--CC editor] with their Chinese lanterns made a beautiful appearance. The singing was melodious and enchanting across the water. After return the lanterns were artistically hung on trees, and a feast of clams cooked in Raymond's best style festively enjoyed.
   We see by last week's DEMOCRAT that we are to have a new postmaster in this place in the near future. When that happy event takes place we shall probably have a word to say.
   Miss Lillian Pratt has been engaged to teach our school for sixteen weeks.
   Miss Rexa A. Perkins will attend school at Homer the coming term.
   Miss Anna O'Brien has been engaged to teach the Cold Brook school for one year. She taught the same school last term.
   Our place is well filled with summer boarders and the present fine weather will leave a good impression for them to come again.
   One of those happy events which smooth the pathway of life and rubs off the rough edges of care occurred at the Raymond House. Mr. Raymond had counted one cycle beyond the half-hundred—it was his fifty-second birthday. His numerous family of boarders had procured a beautiful lamp and a pair of vases, and after the evening meal Mr. and Mrs. Raymond were called to the sitting room hastily. Mr. Abram Gruber, a rising young lawyer from New York, who with his family are spending their second summer at this place, then presented the mementos in a most felicitous speech. From fragments which we have heard repeated it was a most happy presentment. Mr. Raymond was completely surprised but his experience and practice in the old Lyceum stood by him and enabled him to return suitable thanks.
He promised that he should let this light so shine that the donors might see the way to come again another year and that others seeing the good cheer spread before them might be induced to come also. He also said something about the donors' desire to see if there were hairs in the hash, &c, but as this is an old chestnut, we shall not elaborate. Mr. Gruber then handed Mr. Raymond the following card, which we copy:
   Will Mr. Raymond, who is always thoughtful for our comfort, please accept this slight token of esteem upon his fifty-second birthday. Hoping it may help make bright many a winter evening, we remain, Yours sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. A. Gruber, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Heffron, Mr. and Mrs. J. Amos, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Schwarz, Miss Bernard, Miss Annie Gruber, Clarence Wells. And all the babies and children, eight in number.
   ULI SLICK [pen name]

   The merry-go-round was moved to Groton last week.
   The Normal school opens next Wednesday.
   The fall term of Marathon Union school opens next Wednesday.
   Miss Ormsby's private school will reopen Wednesday, Sept. 4th.
   A. E. Brainard has sold his restaurant in Marathon to F. Allen and B. Webber, of Dryden.
   Parties from the west are talking some of purchasing the Alfred Chamberlain farm on the west road to Homer, for the purpose of establishing a phosphate factory.
   An exchange says to keep the peaky red ants out of eatables, cover a shelf in your pantry or closet with flannel, set whatever you wish to keep from the ants on it, and they will at once disappear.
   The Y. M. C. A. rooms in the Standard building have been repaired and very much enlarged. The gymnasium has been increased in size, a new entrance made, and a place provided for spectators. A check room has also been added, and the parlors have been newly painted and decorated. The quarters are now very roomy and pleasant and will prove attractive to all young men who choose to spend their spare time in the rooms.
   The Agricultural Society have decided not to hold a fair this fall.
   The Cortland Door and Window Screen Company have put in a new fifty horse power boiler in their works.
   Walter Merrick, formerly of this place, but now of Binghamton, bears the honored name of father. It is a solid specimen of a boy, and weighs ten pounds. May he prosper and flourish, is the wish of his many Cortland friends.
   A dispatch from Chicago, Ill., dated the 28th inst., states that Sheriff Borthwick arrived in that city with papers authorizing him to bring O. E. Frink, who had been arrested there, back to Cortland Co. The Sheriff will probably return with his prisoner the last of the week.
   Representatives of the long distance telephone company will be in this place next Monday, and will consult with our business men relative to putting in a new metallic line between this place and Syracuse, which, if the work be done, will put Cortland in connection with Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and all stations on which the long distance telephone line is located. Manager Bickford is doing all he can to bring Cortland's telephone connections to a perfection, and the new project should meet with the support of our citizens.

   TOMPKINS.— A Danby correspondent says the potato crop is a total failure in that locality, and some farmers claim they are not worth digging.
   Whitecaps gave a wife beater near Trumansburg a sound threshing Thursday night last.
   Recently White C. Hemmingway of McLean was drawing in oats, one of the horses, owned by O. Bates, nabbed him and bit his face quite badly.
   Farmers or others who discover insects that are preying on their crops are requested to forward specimens to the central office of the New York State Weather Service, Cornell University.
   The Ithaca, Auburn A Western railroad was sold at Ithaca last Friday upon a foreclosure of the mortgage securing the first bonds, which amount to $400,000. Second mortgage bonds amounting to $498,000, and $975,800 of common stock are wiped out by the sale. The Lehigh Valley road held $95,000, and was represented in the bidding. The property was struck down to E. M. Barnes and others of New York city for $467,000. It is the announced intention of the new owners to extend the road to Ithaca. 

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