Monday, August 6, 2012

On This Date: Another Close One vs. Moorhead

August 6, 1897 - Oscar Peterson and Bob Brush both got roughed up on the mound, but only Brush survived nine innings as Moorhead bested Fargo 12-9. The Barmaids hung seven runs on Peterson in the fourth inning, and forced Fargo Manager George Challis to bring in Fred Steele in relief with two outs in the inning. Brush was not much better for Moorhead, as the Divorcees tallied thirteen hits off the 5'10" Iowa native, though he did strike out 11 Fargoans. The difference in the high scoring affair was sloppy play by the Fargo defense, specifically shortstop Bill Zink. He made two costly errors in the sixth inning that led to three unearned Barmaid runs, which proved to be enough as Moorhead made it four wins in the last six games against their crosstown rivals.

Though the afternoon game provided plenty of excitement, a story of even greater intrigue developed that evening, one that provided a fitting ending to a chaotic season of baseball in the Red River Valley...

Fargo Forum and Daily Republican August 7, 1897 Front page "12 to 9"

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