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<p>...[Fred] Lewis, the crack centre fielder, for whom St. Louis paid $1,000 to the Philadelphia Club for his simple release... The Sporting Life September 24, 1883</p> <p></p> <p>reaction to the formation of the UA</p> <p></p> <p>As foreshadowed last week, a movement toward the formation of a rival base ball association has taken shape at a meeting in Pittsburg last Wednesday, whereat was organized what is called “The Union Association of Base Ball Clubs.” Officers were elected, and a constitution adopted which is said to be similar to that of the American Association, “with a few changes.” What these changes were may be inferred from the adoption of a resolution that “while we recognize the validity of the League and American Association, we cannot recognize any agreement whereby any number of ball players may be reserved for any club for any time beyond the term of his contract with said club.” The meaning of this is that the new Association proposes to adopt the club-wrecking policy and go into the “cut-throat” business helter skelter. If this programme were backed up by men of means, responsibility, and respectability, the League and Association clubs might well feel alarmed at an outlook so injurious to their own prospects generally. But we search the list of officers and directors in vain for the name of one person of means or responsibility, or whose business and social standing is such as to inspire confidence either among ball-players or ball-patrons. The organization savors of the wildcat species all through. Nevertheless a wildcat may scratch around and do considerable mischief when people are off their guard. Believing firmly that a wide-open competition for players will force salaries up to a point where financial failure and insolvency are a certainty, and that in this way an injury will be inflected upon players and upon the game of base ball, American Sports favors the reserve system as wise and judicious, and condemns the policy of the new association as mischievous and censurable. Players will be foolish if they fall into any such trap as that set by the adventurers and speculators who made up the Pittsburg meeting. There is a vast difference between a big salary promised in May and a big salary not paid in July or August, and if players allow themselves to be tempted by a large offer by parties without capital or character they will have nobody bu themselves to blame for the consequences. The Sporting Life October 1, 1883, quoting the Chicago American Sports</p>  
<p>Al Reach went all the way to Nashville after Maul, the Philadelphia lad who has created such a sensation in the Southern League as a pitcher and batsman. Al went, saw, and was convinced, and landed his fish for $,2500, the highest sum ever paid for the release of a minor league player. Three thousand dollars was the original price, but Al's persuasive voice resulted in a reduction of 500 simoleons.</p>  +
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<p>[from C. F. Holcomb's column] How would “American League” do for the consolidated name? I have not seen it mentioned.</p>  +
<p>[Boston vs. Mutual 6/13/1874] ...at 4 P.M. Harry and Cammeyer tossed for the inning, the “Boss” winning and sending the Reds to the bat.</p>  +
<p>The second game which was to have been played by the Troy Citys and Capital Citys April 23, did not occur, as the Troy Citys received a telegram from “Boss” Hulbert, informing that nine that the League rules did not permit of such games. New York Clipper May 3, 1879 [See the same issue for a longer discussion of this restriction.]</p> <p>Wes Fisler taking a government position</p> <p></p> <p>Weston D. Fisler is now in Washington, D.C., where he expects to have a position in one of the Government offices. New York Clipper May 3, 1879</p> <p></p> <p>West Fisler has returned to Philadelphia, and denies the report that he purposes playing cricket this season. It is strange that a player of his ability as a batsman and fielder in any position should be disengaged, while so many mediocre men have positions in the profession. New York Clipper May 24, 1879</p>  +
<p>Sporting Life calls the Brooklyns the “bridegroom team.” That name will stick to it all season. Tearry, Silch, Cauthers and Smith were all recently married.</p>  +
<p>The White brothers are strictly moral and religious men. James is a Sunday-school superintendent, and goes by the name among his associates of ‘the Deacon., quoting an unnamed Cincinnati paper</p>  +
<p>[Stars vs. Mutuals 5/7/1870] C. Mills...was beautifully caught out by Dollard in George Wright style.</p>  +
<p>Whenever a game is marked by quick time, say from an hour and a half to two hours, then the umpiring will be found to have been good. The longer the game the poorer the umpiring is the rule.</p>  +
<p>The practice of paying men to playball created quite a disturbance last season and finally became so objectionable, that at the meeting of the Convention last Fall, rules were formed and adopted prohibiting the hiring of players. Now we say of two evils choose the least, and we think the paying of players to play ball a less evil than the practice at present in vogue–that of playing for gate money. Under this last system, first-class clubs have fallen so low as to deliberately loose [sic] games in order to keep up the excitement and make more money on the return and home and home matches. The public will not stand this mode of treatment much longer, and will soon refuse to devote their time and spend their money to see set up jobs. We think that among the delegates to the next Convention...there will be found enough honest, upright, and honorable players and advocates of the noble game willing to vote down the game money arrangement as they did the hired system last Winter. If, however, it be found absolutely necessary to compensate players in some way (which we don’t believe) then repeal the rule passed a few years ago and pay them salaries, and let us have fair square contests in which each nine will do their best to win.</p>  +
<p>This season, when the base ball fever began to rise, several compositors in the Commercial office were severely attacked. They organized a club, and accepted challenges sent them to play. They played their first game in Harrison, and were defeated by a score of 50 to 7. Their next game was a contest with German printers (the Volksfreund nine) and were defeated by a score of 23 to 9, the German printers playing the pitcher and catcher of the Buckeyes as their battery. Their third game was a contest with the same nine, and the Commercials were defeated by a score of 13 to 8. After thus being thrice defeated the compositors of the Commercial office raised objections to the nine playing as representatives of the Commercial office, and they selected a nine in the office, and proposed, as they said, to “do the original nine up.” They styled themselves the “Jim Crow Nine,” and made arrangements for a game yesterday. The original Commercial nine accepted their challenge, and played the game with them yesterday, the score at the end of the seventh, when the game closed on account of darkness, being 67 to 6 [in favor of the original nine]. The “Jim Crow” nine left the grounds thoroughly convinced that the original Commercial nine could play a fair game of ball, and are willing to back them against any other club in the city composed of compositors.</p>  +
<p>[Olympic of Washington vs. George M. Roth 10/3/1871] The Olympic found great difficulty in hitting Carr’s pitching. He is without a doubt one of the finest young pitchers in the country, swift, accurate; watches the bases closely, and has one of which is very effective.</p>  +
<p>[Eckford vs. Mutual 7/3/1869] The Mutual men became demoralized: they had no idea of the Williamsburgers walking over them so easily, while on the other hand they could not overcome the which the ball received and batted up for fly catches or into the fielders' hands, or else the ball just glided off the bat for Jewett [the catcher[ to take it, which he did, of course.</p>  +
<p>The rule calling upon players to address the autocrat as is deader than a salted mackerel. Everybody calls the gentleman now presiding by his christian name or his abbreviated surname.</p>  +
<p>It is estimated that there were over one hundred Oscar Wilde Clubs in the United States last season.</p>  +
<p>of last year’s Indianapolis Club, but who has signed with the Chicagos for the coming season, was in Milwaukee last week on a brief visit.</p>  +
<p>The train from the West over the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway yesterday afternoon brought to this city [New York] the champion New York base ball team. The club traveled in a special car, on each side of which were long white strips of muslin, bearing the legend in red letters: WE ARE THE PEOPLE. At every station along the road the train was met with crowds, who cheered the champions time and again. In fact, it was almost one continual ring of cheers all day yesterday for the boys, but their reception at the depot in Jersey City and at the ferries in this city capped the climax.</p>  +
<p>[reporting the Arbitration Committee meeting 11/11/1889] The matter of amending the Agreement was next taken up. No startling changes were made except to chagne in many places the language of the document. The word “blacklist” was changed to “ineligible” wherever it occurred.</p>  +
<p>[Athletic vs. Boston 6/14/1874] ...Manning in the sixth inning by “blocking” a fair-foul reached first base in safety...</p>  +
<p>[St. Louis vs. Chicago 10/18/1886] ...a Chicago audience is about as tough an aggregation of ball cranks as ever sat in a grand stand anywhere. From the very start of the game to the finish the crowd never once stopped yelling, hissing and hooting at Latham, notwithstanding the fact that there teeth were chattering with cold and their lips blue from the strong wind, directly in their faces the game through. St.</p>  +