History of the A's
A GLORIOUS VICTORY
AUGUST 1, 1895
much heralded match between the Excelsiors, of Brampton, and the Athletics
came off on Wednesday afternoon and proved a veritable battle of giants.
Excelsiors came over by the Empress of India and were accompanied by about
three hundred of their friends and supporters who came fully prepared to
see their boys carry home the honors.
had their very best team and the Athletics felt that if they did not win
the match with the team they had their chances of winning the pennant was
was somewhat after 3 o’clock when the teams lined up and faced the ball.
Norman caught it up as it slipped from the sticks and sent it flying
towards the visitors goal but it was stopped splendidly and sent flying
back. Fifteen minutes of hard though somewhat wild play was indulged in
and then Brampton scored, Milner putting the ball through, That was the
only game they got, though they worked hard. (note: each goal would
result in a “game” in those grand days of old). Milner, the
second home man, was a team in himself. He played a fast and magnificent
game for the visitors and well deserved the plaudits he received, not only
from the Brampton people but all the spectators. The match from the time
the second game commenced until the last goal was taken was perhaps the
finest game of lacrosse seen in the city in years. The Athletics were at
times a little slow and did not keep their checks well covered and played
in hard luck on several occasions when they shot at a goal that was
practically open. In the fourth game they must have sent twenty shots on
goal but the defence of the visitors was like a stone wall. It seemed that
it would never be penetrated and it was only by pulling the visitors
defence away from the goal that they were able to score. The clubs taken
on the whole were about as evenly matched as it was possible to be. Milner
played the game for the visitors with Roberts, Warbrick, Allan, and W.
Stewart very much in evidence.
game throughout was free from any really rough play, though a few
accidents occurred that could not be helped. In the first game Dawson, of
the Excelsiors, got a blow across the face that started the claret flowing
and stopped the game. Graves and Shaw fouled and started to scrap and were
ruled off for the game. McClure, of Brampton, took a header and, as a
result, broke a bone in one of his hands during the first game and Lobb
laid off for the rest of the match because of the accident. Towards the
end of the match Morton caught Milner in the stomach with the end of his
stick while both were going full speed and the latter was laid up for five
following is the result of the match with scores, names and time of games:
— Jas. Vance Ingersoll
– H. O’Loughlin, city, H.
Stephens, Niagara Falls
games were made as follows:
two bets were made on the grounds, one for $5 and another for $3.
Falls and Merritton were present and “hooted” when the chance
presented for Brampton.
hand was broken in the first game yet he pluckily played two more games in
band afforded some amusement by their frantic efforts to get away from the
ball and players when they came in their direction.
of the band boys got so excited over the game that when he came to play he
put up before him a catalogue instead of his music book. That’s right.
Niagara Falls fellows were so surprised to see the Athletics win the
second game that the umpire, Mr. Stephens, dropped like a log in near of
Harris, the representative of the fourth estate of Brampton, accompanied
the visitors, and put in a lot of fun too. He is a jolly, good fellow, and
made friends here.
Frank Nelson, the sporting editor of the Globe, witnessed the game and reported the match for his own paper as well as acting as time-keeper. His report was a most fair one in every respect.
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