Clipping:Practice games are useless

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Date Thursday, April 9, 1868
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[The Unions of Morrisania:] every Wednesday and Saturday, if not on every fine afternoon, there will be practice games played on the grounds. On Saturdays, we believe, it is the intention of the club to present their nine against the strongest field party that can be had on those days, and Mr. Ford has liberally offered a prize bat and ball for the best play on the day of the first regular game, Nine vs. Field, which will probably be next Saturday. It would be policy on the part of the club to appropriate a fund for the purpose of supplying prizes of a bat and ball on each of these occasions during the early part of the season. Ordinary in training up a nine, as no earnest effort is made in such games; but when an incentive for extra exertion is offered in the way of prizes for good batting and fielding, then an effort is made to play well, and the game becomes a practice game in reality.

Source American Chronicle of Sports and Pastimes
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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