Clipping:A small attendance; male spectators in shirt sleeves

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Date Sunday, July 3, 1870

[Atlantic vs. Mutual 7/28/1870] The first of the annual series of games between these clubs was played on the Union grounds, on Tuesday, June 28, in the presence of about 3,000 people, the interest in the matches played by the Atlantic club having diminished of late to a considerable extent. In fact the professional clubs are now beginning to reap the results of the gate-money contests they have arranged of late years, and now, instead of having crowds of 10,000 people at their grand matches, scarcely a third of the number will patronize them. Were all of the professionals’ nines to play to win as the Red Stockings, the Union, and one or two others do, we should see the same interest manifested as ever. But now no one knows whether these big games are to be played on their merits, or for certain objects best known to the club managers, and hence they cease to be attractive. Moreover, the public, after having seen the splendid displays of fielding which playing with a dead ball admits of , as shown in the Red Stocking games, will no longer tolerate the muffin displays which mark the contests in which a rubber ball is used, and in which the main feature is heaving hitting for home runs... New York Sunday Mercury July 3, 1870

[Atlantic vs. Mutual 7/28/1870] The attendance would in all probability have been much greater, had the weather been a little less hot, as it was, between 5,000 and 6,000 persons assembled in spite of the risk they ran from sunstroke, and the inconvenience they suffered from excessive perspiration. ... The ground presented a peculiar appearance, as nearly all the male members of the perspiring humanity were sitting in their shirt sleeves, creeping together wherever they could obtain the slightest shelter from the Sun’s burning rays. New York Dispatch July 3, 1870

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


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