St. Louis Browns Fan Club member, Dick Ensweiler, chats with Club President, Bill Rogers, at a break in the action during a recent conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Ensweiler is CEO/President of the Texas Credit Union League and an avid collector of baseball memorabilia.
Dick Ensweiler (l) visiting with Browns Fan Club President Bill Rogers (r)
Fans Cheer Rube As He Beats His Old Team Mates
BY JAMES CRUSINBERRY
PHILADELPHIA – All hats off to Rube Waddell today. He turned a
trick on dear old Philadelphia that no other ball player in the world could do.
He beat the home team and was cheered by 20,000 of the most loyal fans in the
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It was the first time in history that Philadelphia has rooted for
the visiting team - the St. Louis Browns
The remarkable part of the performance was that every man, woman
and child in that immense throng was for Rube Waddell. They were willing to
sacrifice victory for their team in a championship game just to see their pitcher
of former years win the contract. It was Rube’s day from start to finish.
All loyalty to the Athletics was tossed to the wind when Rube
Waddell, now with the Browns, was doing the pitching. The great crowd yelled
with delight as Rube cut the ball over the played and fanned out the idolized
hitters of the home team and the crowd cheered further when the Browns opened
up a batting rally in the seventh inning.
20,000 Paid to See Rube
Rube paid for himself in one game. All by himself he drew a crowd
of 20,000 persons when it is doubtful 4,000 would have attended under ordinary
conditions. At least two factories closed their doors at 3:30 o’clock in the
afternoon to allow the workmen to attend the game. Business down town was
almost suspended. It was not to see the Browns and Athletics play ball that the
people thronged the grounds. It was to see Rube pitch once more.
The game drew more than 20,000 fans, a remarkable total
for the time. Without Rube, the Athletics experienced a 27 percent decrease in
home attendance from 1907 to 1908 while the Browns enjoyed 48 percent increase
in home attendance.