Clipping:Brush on the Cincinnati franchise

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Date Saturday, November 22, 1890

[from an interview of Brush in the Indianapolis Journal] Now there is where they made about the greatest mistake of the year. Had they not played these exhibition games with Brotherhood clubs they could have attended the League meeting, demanded and obtained representation and preserved their franchise and club and thus saved the $40,000 they invested. We could not have kept them out in any way. Of course, they would have been compelled to show their hand, to decide on what side of the fence they were going to descend, but with Brotherhood matters in the chaotic shape they were last week it would have taken them no time at all to conclude to get into the League camp. Instead of that they gave us an opportunity to expel them for cause, which we did, and they lost the money they had such hard work raising.

The truth is they bought the Cincinnati team to force the League to a compromise, but made the fatal mistake of playing those exhibition games with Players' League clubs. The League quickly saw its advantage, and the movement intended to accomplish so much for the expiring organization proved a boomerang. They literally placed a club in our hands.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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