Clipping:A condemnation of the UA for reserve and contract-breaking

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Date Wednesday, July 30, 1884

Base ball today is the one great sport that is free from the corruption of the pool box and the gambler’s methods, and herein lies the secret of its great popularity, causing all other popular sports to dwindle into insignificance in comparison, and if this great sport is today threatened in its very life, it is because of the tactics adopted by the Union Association. It will not do for that body to claim that it is but a measure of self-protection. True, the older bodies did not view the newcomer with a friendly eye, and did some things in the crushing-out process which could not and did not meet with the approval of right-thinking people, but the Union Association invited these things from its birth and had to expect just such treatment as it got. It came into the field aggressively, attacking one of the laws most cherished by the older bodies, namely, the reserve rule, which it refused to recognize, thereby letting down the bars at the very start and inviting the very methods employed to crush them out as possible disorganizers. The Union Association ha placed itself in the attitude of a bully who invites a fight and then whines because he gets a deserved whipping. True, the older bodies did take some players from the Union Association, and did some other things of which, at the time, The Sporting Life did not hesitate to express its disapproval, but all this does not justify reprisal which threatens the existence of the noble game. The older bodies have done much for base ball in the past, and so the public is disposed to overlook some irregularities. But the Union Association is a new-comer, which ha not yet demonstrated that it is of any benefit to the game in general, itself in particular, or even that it has a right to live.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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