Clipping:The AA standard contract

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Date Saturday, November 12, 1881

The following is the form of contract issued by Secretary Williams, of the American Association:

Contract Under the Rules of the American Association of Base-Ball Clubs.

This agreement, made and entered into by and between –, of –, a member of the American Association of Base-Ball Clubs, party of the first part, and –, of –, party of the second part, witnesseth:

That, whereas, In consideration of the covenants hereinafter mentioned, the party of the first part hereby covenants and agrees to employ, and pay to the party of the second part the sum of – dollars ($--), for services hereinafter specified, said sum to be paid in – installments.

That the party of the second part hereby covenants and agrees, in consideration of the covenants of the party of the first part, that he will play base-ball, or perform such other service in connection therewith as may be required of him by the party of the first part, from the – day of –, 188--, to the – day of –, 188--.

That said second party further agrees to subject himself to all the rules and requirements of the Constitution and playing rules of the said American Association of Base-Ball Clubs; also, all such rules as may be adopted from time to time by said party of the first part for the government of its employees.

That said party further agrees that he will willingly and cheerfully, at all times, give his best services to said party of the first part, and will abstain from all dissipations or practices that will so affect his physical condition as to prevent his doing the same.

That each party agrees with the other, that5 this contract shall cease and determine if either fail or refuse to comply with its provisions; provided, that the party of the first part shall not be required to pay any installment of said compensation should the same become due while the Club of first party is away from home.

` {Witness our signatures and seals hereto attached.}

As will be seen this is peculiarly concise and to the point. There are no long-winded lectures to players.

Source Cincinnati Enquirer
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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