Clipping:Professional baseball

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Date Sunday, September 20, 1868

It is quite refreshing, after witnessing the one-sided professional contests which have been late played, to see a good, well-contested and sociable match-game, such as was played last Thursday, between the Endeavors fo this city and the Americus of Newark, on the grounds of the latter, at Irvington. New York Sunday News September 20, 1868

A year or two since, we gave it as our opinion, that Base Ball would become a regular profession. Events since then, assure us we were right. Base Ball is already a profession and a very important and lucrative one. Often $1000, $2000, $3000, $4000, and even $5000 are received at the gate for entrance fees to matches. This proves that the amusement is more attractive than any other field sport. The result will be the formation of firms with capital, who will employ nines, and play them against opponents, the firms paying the nines and giving them at the rate of from $1000 to $3000 per annum, according to their value. Two such nines as the Athletics or Atlantics, ought to bring in every year about $50,000, if ably managed. Give half of this sum to the players and a good round $25,000 will remain to the capitalists or managers. ... Certainly the National Game is a profession, and nothing else! Philadelphia City Item October 3, 1868

Source New York Sunday News
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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