Clipping:'roughs' at matches

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Date Sunday, August 26, 1860

At all important base ball matches, there is more or less a crowd called “roughs,” who occupy nearly the same relative position to base ball clubs that “runners” do to fire companies, with the exception that the base ball “roughs” are never permitted to take a hand in or assist at a game. What they omit in action, however, they make up in swaggering and “blowing,” and are always ready to “make a little bet of a five” on the side of their favorite club. With their money at stake, these individuals become deeply interested in the issue of the game, and occasionally undertake to dictate to the umpire (when judgment is called for) what his decision shall be, or, in the event of his decision being contrary to their judgment, give loud expression to their opinion, with comments to suit.

Source New York Sunday Mercury
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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