Clipping:An economics argument against Sunday games

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Date Wednesday, April 27, 1887

[from Frank Brunell's column] Of course I understand that as long as Louisville, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Brooklyn are in the American Association—and they are its staunchest pillars—it is no use to advocate the abolition of Sunday games. But I am fully convinced that if it were possible the American Association would profit by a change of policy. I am no zealot, and believe that attendance at a game of ball is healthier than the average method of passing leisure time, including church-going. But all people are not in this frame of mind, and there would be more support of the Association by those who lead in every community and arrogate to themselves the formation of public opinion if Sunday games were abandoned. The stockholders of the Cleveland Club are not Puritans, and might even leave their club play Sunday games at home if public opinion was not so strongly against it. As it is, we shall lose some of the most straight laced of the people who used to attend games here—and Cleveland is the most Puritanical of big Western towns—because the team plays Sunday games away from home. I am prepared to say, from my knowledge of the city and its people, that should the Cleveland Club play Sunday home games it would draw as large crowds as does Cincinnati or Louisville, but that the average attendance per game through the season would be a good deal less than it will be without Sunday games.

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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