Clipping:Playing to the point spread

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Date Saturday, November 28, 1874
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...there is too much reason to suspect that there still was considerable fraud indulged in by the small minority of unreliables who crept into the arena during 1874; the form in which this fraud appeared being chiefly in the “selling” of bets on contests being won and lost by so many innings’ runs. Thus, if it was found that pools were bought on a club’s winning a match in one or two innings, arrangements would be made by the knaves of the teams to “sell” th game to the extent of the innings’ play concerned, but not to “throw” the entire game. But it frequently happen3ed that the intended fraud on the single innings’ play could not be consummated except at the cost of the loss of the game itself. To this extend “irregularities” were as much a feature in three of the principal cities of the Union in 1874 as in 1873.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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