Clipping:A game ended due to lack of balls

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Date Saturday, September 10, 1887
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A slim and disgusted crowd saw the game at Birmingham a week ago yesterday. A squabble arose in the sixth inning, Smith and Esterquest were the pitchers. The management have been compelled to use other than regular Southern League balls for the past few days and that is what precipitated the muddle. The balls became torn and, no more being on hand, the club was reduced to the alternative of suing them or stopping the game. Memphis was three runs behind at the end of the sixth inning and positively refused to play unless news balls were furnished. Manager McCarthy explained the situation to the visiting manager and captain, but they would listen to no excuse, and, after a general jowl all around, Umpire Curran decided the game in favor of the Birminghams by a score of 9 to 0.

Source Sporting News
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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