Title: The "Wild West" at Play | A Base-ball Match

Periodical: Daily Graphic

Date: June 30, 1892

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THE GALLERY.

SAVED.! (BY THE HEEL OF HIS BOOT)

THE CATCHER

HAD A GOOD INNINGS (RATHER MUDDY)

TOO MANY COOKS

REPRESENTATIVE LOOKERS ON.

Reginald Cleaver.

BASE BALL AT THE "WILD WEST": SKETCHES AT THE MATCH BETWEEN PICKED TEAMS OF THE LONDON THESPIANS AND THE "BUFFALO BILL" BASE BALL CLUB AT EARL'S COURT YESTERDAY. (See page 9.)

THE "WILD WEST" AT PLAY.

A BASE-BALL MATCH.

Base-ball as played on "the other side" is known to the ordinary run of Englishmen as a form of recreation in which the umpire occupies a precisely analagous position to him who decides upon the disputed points in our own game of football. He is a being who is not only stormed at with wild interrogatories, bitter denunciations, and scornful aspersions, but who in this case even finds his body opposed to the "wide" balls sent from the server's hands. These shots are not child's play, as was shown in the match played in the "Wild West" arena at Earl's Court yesterday between nine American actors and music-hall artistes now appearing in London, and forming part of the London Thespian Base-ball Club and Buffalo Bill's Baseball Club of the United States. So fiercely was the missile delivered very often that the man who crouched behind the hitter to stop such balls as were not struck had to armour himself in wire mask and padded breastplate. The pools and mire left by the thunderstorm of the previous night added to the spectator's entertainment. In the attempt to secure foothold upon the bases there was much sliding, and when the players fell they rose with hands and clothes begrimed with black mud. It was this part of the match that the music-hall performers and denizens of the "Wild West," who formed the bulk of the lookers-on, enjoyed most. It was left to the gauchos, vacqueros, and cowboys to yell injunctions to the players and to join in the wrangles in which the game was prolific. The Indians were the only unmoved beings present; they sat or stood, enshrouded in their rugs, the embodiments of immobility. The Thespian players were R. Kelly, W. Pink, J. Ashby, J. Marco, F. Halter, R. G. Knowles, T. Ardell, H. Athol, and G. Dare. Their total was five runs. On the other hand, J. Bebb and J. White (cowboys), J. Nelson (vacquero), and E. Snyder, J. Bowery, C. F. Davis, and T. V. Murphy (Cowboy Band), C. Hammond, and C. Bell, of Buffalo Bill's Club, scored thirteen. The hits of the match were made by Bowery and Nelson, who sent the ball spinning beyond the boundary.

Title: The "Wild West" at Play | A Base-ball Match

Periodical: Daily Graphic

Source: McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody Collection, MS6, MS6.3778.070.01 (1892 London)

Date: June 30, 1892

Keywords: Actors American Indians Baseball Cowboys Exhibitions Games Gauchos Indians of North America Scrapbooks Traveling exhibitions

People: Cleaver, Reginald

Places: Earl's Court (London, England) London (England)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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