Clipping:Rowdy behavior by players on the road

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Date Saturday, January 4, 1879
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There was one feature of the professional season of 1878 which needs special comment on it, and that was the rowdyism or rollicking, skylarking ways of some of the teams when traveling from place to place. The minority behaved like gentlemen, orderly, quiet and unobtrusive; but the majority seemed to think–judging from their actions–that the moment they got on a train or on a steamer, or entered a hotel, then and there commenced their license to indulge in questionable “skylarking.” The old saying is to the effect that you are to judge your many by the company he keeps. In the professional baseball business it is very certain that you can always judge the ability of the club manager by the behavior of his team when traveling. ... The rule is that just in the proportion that you see a professional team traveling quietly and under discipline and orderly control, just in the same proportion will you find them honest and reliable.

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

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