Clipping:Sign stealing

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Date Wednesday, August 15, 1888
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[from Ren Mulford's column] Cleveland's coachers were called down by Umpire McQuade. Time and again he warned Charley Snyder and McKean not to interfere with the batter—to confine their coaching to the base-runners—but Snyer, who had mastered Viau's signs, was singing them over to the batter despite this warning. Charley worked it in this way: For a certain ball he would should “Stricker, take my bat,” and the call was varied with “Cub, take care of my bat,” “Take good care of my bat,” et cetera. The result of the disobedience was that Cleveland's coachers were sent to the bench,and so far as they were concerned that ended the performance on the lines. The Sporting Life August 15, 1888

[from Chadwick's column] This point of interpreting a pitcher's signals is regarded as a big thing by some managers as well as captains, but if they would devote half the time to training their men down to regular team work at the bat that they do to working this trick, they would gain a great deal more than the trick yields them. Illegitimate methods of play apparently find more favor in weak minds than legitimate methods do. The Sporting Life August 29, 1888

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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