Clipping:Disagreement whether a game was a practice or a championship game

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Date Tuesday, June 21, 1870
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[Athletic vs. Atlantic 6/20/1870] On the closing of the ninth inning, the President of the [victorious] Athletic club made his appearance in the reporters' stand, and stated that the game was the second of a regular series for the championship, the first having been won in Philadelphia some time since by the Athletics, by a score of 18 to 13. He further said that he had never understood that these games were to be practice games, had never consented to any such arrangement, and that this view of the matter was held by all the other officers and directors. The Athletics were quite elated over the result, and announced the intention of flying the champion whip on their return to Philadelphia. The Atlantics seemed to be quite taken by surprise at the denial of the Athletics that the games were practice ones, and one and all asserted that one agreement to that effect was entered into prior to the playing of the first game in Philadelphia. The following document was drawn up and signed on the grounds yesterday, and would seem to bear the Atlantics out in their version of the affair.

BROOKLYN, June 20, 1870

We, the undersigned, of the Atlantic and Athletic Clubs, of Brooklyn and Philadelphia, do hereby agree that the first series shall be played as practice games. We do also agree that the second series shall be the regular games, to be played in August or September.

(Signed) For Atlantic – M. Henry, E. Lewis, J.H. Hamilton, Directors

For Athletic – John Abel, Jr., Chairman Board of Directors

This document the President of the Athletic Club refused to sign, and the Athletics claim that it is good for nothing without the signature of the majority of their Board of Directors. The Atlantics claim that Mr. Abel always makes the matches for his club, and that his signature is as good as a dozen.

Source Brooklyn Eagle
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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