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Date Saturday, May 22, 1880
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[Worcester vs. Boston 5/14/1880] ...Wood and Bennett hit safely and scored on Whitney's drive over the left-field fence, while he himself traveled the circuit of the bases, but in doing so he failed to touch the third base. This was noticed by Bond, who fielded the ball to Morrill, and then called the umpire's attention to the omission on the part of Whitney. McLean [umpire] had also noticed the mistake, but, instead of deciding Whitney out, allowed him to hold third base, and he subsequently scored on Sullivan's hit. New York Clipper May 22, 1880

Wm. McLean of Philadelphia is one of the best umpires, and his rulings are seldom questioned. An instance to the contrary, however, occurred in the Worcester-Boston game on may 14, and has called for the following explanation from the ex-pugilist: “Whitney sent the ball over the fence, and was entitled to a home-run, according to the ground-rules. The ball was thrown back over the fence by outsiders, and it was thrown to Morrill, who touched third base (Whitney having failed to touch that bat), and he asked “Judgment?” I would not give Whitney out, and assigned as my reason that it was a dead ball, and that it had to go to the pitcher's hands while he was in his position. Bond took this hint, ran to his position, and from that point fielded the ball to third before Whitney could get there. I would not, however, decide hi out, as I thought that I did him an injustice in telling Bond that he had to be in position before the ball was in play; and, not seeing Whitney turn to get back to third, I allowed him to remain there, thinking I was doing justice to both clubs. I now see that I was wrong.” McLean's candid admission that his decision was an erroneous one settles a disputed point as to whether the ground rules would not admit of Whitney making a home-run without touching each base, and shows that the umpire's love of fair play got the better of his judgment. It would be better for the game if we have a few more umpires like McLean. New York Clipper May 29, 1880

the Long Island Amateur Association; optional championship; trophy rather than pennant; association provides balls

At the adjourned meeting of the delegates to the Amateur Convention held on May 14 at the nameless Club rooms, Brooklyn, N.Y....the constitution and by-laws of the National Amateur Association of 1871 were accepted, with a few modifications to suit a smaller organization. At the meeting next Thursday evening the initiation fee of $1 and the annual dues of $1 will be received, and final arrangements regarding the Prospect Park championship are to be made. The 20th inst. Will be the limit for receiving entries to said championship. The $5 fee for the purchase of the trophy will then be due from each club desiring to enter; also the assessment for balls to be made and used especially for said championship. New York Clipper May 22, 1880

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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