Clipping:Pittsburgh NL club behind on salaries and rent; apparently bailed out by the League

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Date Friday, May 9, 1890

Paul Hines declared to-day [5/8]:– “We were promised checks for the last two weeks of April at Chicago, but the checks didn’t arrive, and then word was given out that we would get our money when we arrived home. Litchen Gray is without a penny and has a poor suit of clothes. He has been at home all the time, and has asked for his money two or three times, but was put off. It told him to-day to go and buy a suit and I would stand good for it. I guess there is no danger of our losing the money, but the club might pay a little more promptly.” New York Herald May 9, 1890

The Pittsburg Club has been granted an extension until Saturday to pay the overdue ground rent--$3000. If it isn't paid then, the effects of the club, including grand stand, will be sold at public sale. The probability is that the League meeting in New York was for the purpose of considering the club's case, and there is little doubt but that the League will help the club financially. Rumors by the dozen are afloat concerning the future of the Pittsburg Club, but it is not believed the National League can afford to weaken at this juncture of the fight, and it will come to the rescue of Messrs. O'Neil, Nimick and Scandrett. Soden and Byrne are men who believe in fighting it out. The Sporting Life May 10, 1890

A good deal of mystery envelopes that alleged conference of League magnates in New York last week. Messrs. Spalding, O'Neil and Hawley now say that there was no conference, and Mr. O'Neil een asserts that he didn't see a single magnate while in the metropolis, and yet Messrs. Byrne and Day admitted, or are quoted as admitting, that there had been an informal talk.

If there was no conference it is singular that the Pittsburg Club should have been stiffened so suddenly, as the club last Saturday settled in part with its landlord for the arrearage of ground rent, voted $10,000 to sustain the club, recalled Paul Hines' release and deprived President Nimick of sole authority by making Mr. O'Neil virtually managing director with a new down-town ofice, which is to be the club's headquarters henceforth. It is openly stated by newspaper that the National League has furnished the money to brace the club up, and the charge has not yet been denied. The Sporting Life May 17, 18900

Source ” New York Herald
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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