Clipping:No recognition of outside contracts

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Date Monday, October 19, 1885

[reporting on the NL/AA joint meeting 10/18] One of the most important actions of the meeting of this committee was a resolution which they passed to the effect that contracts between players and clubs not members of the national agreement at the present time would not be recognized by them; but on December 8, when they meet again, at Philadelphia, the Eastern League, the Southern League or any other association that wishes to become co-members under the national agreement can do so and receive the same protection as the League and American Association. The Philadelphia Times October 19, 1885

playing a joke on Von der Ahe

Quite a joke was played upon Chris Von der Ahe during the convention in New York on Friday. A bogus dispatch was cooked up by Al Spalding and others to the effect that the Chicago-St. Louis game at St. Louis that afternoon had broken up in a great riot; that Anson and Comiskey had come to blows; that Comiskey had been terribly beaten, and that both were in jail, with Anson in danger of lynching, etc. Chris didn't tumble for quite a while and his distress and worriment were comical to witness and afforded much amusement to all in the secret. The Sporting Life October 21, 1885

[Spalding's account to the Chicago correspondent:] “Von der Ahe left here with me Wednesday night,” said he, “and at Pittsburg the next evening a telegram was handed him on the train, announcing the trouble between his club and Umpire Sullivan. He was greatly worried over it, and the last words he said to me that night were “Py golly! Auf dem fellers cut up some mongy shindes mit dot game to-morrow, I hobe dey got in der lock-oop, de whole gang ov 'em. Vat you dink, will dey haf some more row aboud id?” I told him no, that everything would be right, as they would probably mutually agree upon another umpire for the remaining games. Next day, at New York, I saw he was beginning to get very nervous as the afternoon wore away, and he finally asked me, as I met him in the hotel lobby, if I had heard anything from the game. I had spoken to Sage and marsh about Chris' anxiety that morning, and so, when the clerk handed me a message from St. Louis, was not surprised. I broke it upon before Chris and read, and then asked to see it. I handed it to him without a word. He read:

“St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 16.--A. G. Spalding, Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York:--Sullivan commenced to umpire game. Anson objected, Comiskey insisted he should, which provoked Anson. From words they came to blows. Anson unhurt and Comiskey badly used up. Both arrested and now in jail. Will try to bail Anson, but may not succeed, as feeling is strong against him. Advise me what to do. Think you had better tell Von der Ahe and Brown.”

Chris. took it all in, every word of it, and it was better than a minstrel show to see his face while he read. He said “Py golly” half a dozen times before he got through, and finally wheeled around on his heel and yelled, “Jimminy cricket!” Sullivan in jale, Anson gnacked and Comiskey in der look-oop, and—and--, See her Spalding, you soon-ov-a-gund, you vas der feller vat got me in dis exhibition game pisness, but I sthop it purdy damn quick; you see auf I don'd.” And off he rushed for the telegraph office. It took four of us fifteen minutes to convince him that the whole thing was a job, and of course it cost him the seltzers all around. We always manage to enjoy life when Chris is around.” The Sporting Life October 28, 1885

Source Philadelphia Times
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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