Clipping:Duties of the umpire and homerism

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Date Saturday, January 2, 1858
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On practice days, the person who attempts the duties of umpire should give his decisions as fairly as his judgment is capable, and not allow it to be warped by ill-feeling towards any of the players.  In a match, he should pay every attention to the game.  Let him be watchful, giving his decision for his own club where there is a doubt, and abide cheerfully by that of the referee; in everything he should remember that he is chosen to represent the interests of his club as judge of the play, and that they have a right to look for the proper maintenance of such interest.  The referee is a position requiring a player thoroughly acquainted with the various points of the game–a position of honor and difficulty; many a friend has been hurt at the decision of a referee, when, so far as he could see, he was giving it rightfully.  He should have some reason for every decision, and where the point is doubtful, to give it in favor of the ball; if he makes an error in judgment, and it is too late to rectify it, he cannot cancel nor balance it by another, favoring the side that the former decision was against.  Neither umpires nor referee should enter in conversation with any party during a match, as it may lead to some unpleasant remarks among others interested.  The spectators should be kept out of the way of umpires and referee.

Source Porter's Spirit of the Times
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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