Clipping:Cincinnati Club ownership; reasons for selling; Caylor, Sunday games

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Date Friday, October 22, 1886

The Cincinnati Base-Ball Club has been sold to Aaron Stern, a wealthy merchant in this city, who owned the club two years ago, and disposed of the nine last year to John Hauck, the present proprietor. During the last year Mr. Hauck has lost money on account of the opposition to his manager, Mr. O. P. Caylor. One of the conditions upon which Stern made the purchase was that Caylor should have nothing to do with the new organization. Gus Schmelz, manager of the St. Louis League Club, will have charge of the new team... Chicago Tribune October 22, 1886

“The reason Mr. Hauck has for retiring,” said Mr. O. P. Caylor yesterday “are many. He is an old man and is president of the German National Bank in Cincinnati. Being a church member he was much worried over the talk concerning the Sunday games and he also imagined that the rumors concerning them damaged his private business. For these reasons he has concluded to sell out the club and we are now looking for a purchaser. Mr. Stern will in all probability buy us out.” The Sporting News October 25, 1886

Mr. Houck has had much trouble over the fight for Sunday ball playing, in which he has had his players arrested every week and nominally fined to keep them out of the clutches of the Law and Order League and the police court. He is too prominent a citizen to spend his time and be harassed by that sort of business. So a proposition from Mr. Stern, the former president of the club, to buy a one-third interest and assume the entire business control has been accepted. The price paid for the one-third interest is about $5,000—probably a little less—and not $50,000, as the Enquirer states. The Sporting Life October 27, 1886

Source Chicago Tribune
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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