Clipping:James Tyng appointed Director of Athletic Sports by Phillies

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Date Friday, December 23, 1887

The directors of the Philadelphia Ball Club have decided to introduce other sports besides base ball on their grounds next season, and they have secured the services of James H. Tyng, of the Staten Island Club, both as a player and as director of athletic sports. Tyng has been for a number of years one of the most celebrated amateur ball players and athletics [sic]. It is said taht Tyng is to receive $2,500 for his services.

Tyng graduated from Harvard College in 1876 and from the Harvard Law School in 1879, since which time he has practiced as an attorney, first in Boston and latterly in New York. His ball career began as a third baseman on the Harvard team, but he soon officiated as catcher, and for four years formed the receiving end of the famous Ernst and Tyng batter. During the summer vacation he tried his hand at pitching for the famous Beacon Club of Boston, and with such success that after his removal to New York in 1881 he officiated almost exclusively in the box and soon became celebrated both as a pitcher and general all-around player, batter and base-runner for the Staten Island Club.

President A. J. Reach said the Philadelphia Club had been considering various plans to utilize their new ball park when their club was out of town. “Hereafter,” said he, “we will not confine ourselves strictly to base ball, but will give exhibitions of all kinds of athletic sports and all other amusements of an appropriate character. The new departure is an experiment, but I believe the public will appreciate it and that it will pay.” The Philadelphia Times December 23, 1887

[discussing Tyng's contract] It is doubtful if Tyng ever would have signed a professional contract, for he has repeated said it would be a poor bargain to play ball for a few months to be released perhaps by a disappointed manager, and then relegated to the common herd. We are glad to state his contract with the Philadelphia Club is of an entirely different nature. The position of director of athletic sports has been created for him. This gives him control of all sports on the Philadelphia ground, outside of base ball, and it is to this that he expect to devote most of his time. His profits in the business depend on his own individual labor, as he is to receive a liberal percentage, besides a fixed salary, for the department, and in this way both he and the Philadelphia Club will be benefitted. … It required considerable argument to convince him that he would not imperil his social standing by signing with the Philadelphia Club, and it was only at the urgent solicitation of his many friends in Philadelphia that he was finally persuaded to sign. The Sporting Life December 28, 1887

Source ” The Philadelphia Times
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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