Capitoline Grounds in Brooklyn
A possible explanation may lie in the Atlantics activities just prior to the match at their home field, Capitoline Grounds. Just three days earlier, the Atlantics followed an August 28th rout of the Eagle Club with a 10 hour, overnight train trip to Washington, D.C. Over the next two days, the champions sandwiched tours of the nation's capital around a 32-19 victory over the National Club of Washington. In a somewhat sensationalistic twist the first day's itinerary focused on the sites related to the relatively recent assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A highlight of the second day was a meeting with President Andrew Johnson at the White House. Accompanying the Atlantics was legendary sportswriter, Henry Chadwick, who lobbied the new President to attend a base ball game in person.
The match now went to the top of the eighth inning with the Atlantics trying to hold on to a 28-23 advantage. With their backs to the wall, the Newarkers responded with a vengeance scoring 10 times for a 33-28 lead, their first of the contest. As the Atlantics came to bat in the bottom of the inning some of them had to be wondering about the wisdom of their schedule in Washington. Tired or not, however, the Atlantics responded with a six run rally and took the field for the ninth literally clinging to a one run lead. By this point, probably few of the Atlantic fans in the crowd estimated at 5-6000 expected the Eureka to go quietly so they were not surprised when the visitors scored four times and led by three as the Atlantics came in for their last chance.
Amazingly Chadwick described the match as “uninteresting,” apparently because as a purist he was displeased with the bad play and poor judgment in the field. He had a point about the sloppy play as the two teams combined for sixteen fly ball muffs. But even amidst this criticism, Chadwick had to admit that when Pratt scored the winning run, “the scene was dramatic in the extreme.” While the Atlantics and their fans celebrated in the gathering dark, the Eureka must have been bitterly disappointed as their thoughts turned to the long trip back to Newark. Twice they had a great victory in their grasp, only to come up just short.
|Calloway, l.f.||2||7||Pearce, ss.||3||5|
|Thomas, ss.||4||4||C. J. Smith, 3b.||1||7|
|Littlewood, c.f.||5||2||Start, 1b.||4||4|
|Breintnall, c.||3||4||Chapman, lf.||3||5|
|Collins, 3b.||1||6||Crane, 2b.||2||6|
|Faitoute, p.||3||4||Pratt, p.||4||3|
|Northrop, rf.||1||4||Sid Smith, rf.||4||3|
|Bomeisler, 2b.||3||4||Galvin, 3b||3||2|
|Mills, 1b.||5||2||P. O'Brien, cf.||3||3|