Clipping:AF of L supports the Players League

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Date Wednesday, January 15, 1890

Labor is becoming interested in the battle between the National League and the Brotherhood League. At the recent Boston convention of the American Federation of Labor, an organization representing 600,000 men, nearly all skilled workmen, resolutions supporting the Players' League were adopted, and similar resolutions have been passed by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, which has a membership of 460,000; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, the Clothing Cutters' Assembly of the Knights of Labor and the Central Trades Council of Western Pennsylvania. A majority of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks are also avowed Players' League supporters. All this would indicate that when the turnstile of the new League begins to click next April the Players' will have the call on the pubic patronage. The Sporting Life January 15, 1890

At a directors' meeting of the Philadelphia Players Club Thursday, a committee of labor men, composed of Samuel Gompers, of New York, President of the American Federation of Labor; Pl J. McGuire of Philadelphia, Vice President of the American Federation of Labor, and General Secretary of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; W. J. Shields, of Boston, one of the vice presidents of the latter organization, and James Dey, Business Agent of Union No. 8, of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, one of the strongest unions in Philadelphia, called and assured the new club and the new League generally of labor support.

[quoting Vanderslice] Mr. McGuire said that the various unions had nearly all had the subject up for discussion, and that the labor journals would shortly take up the matter and urge all union men to give their undivided support to the new League henceforth. Base ball would have died out long ago but for the liberal support given it by the laboring men. Four-fifths of the spectators at any game on any day are men who do manual labor for a living, and it is to this class base ball clubs must cater if they expect to be in existence for any length of time. Mr. Gompers and his colleagues were gratified to learn that there was no long any doubt about the Players' League being an assured success, and that we were all solid and everything moving along smoothly.” The Sporting Life January 22, 1890

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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