Clipping:The Phillies drop their admission rate

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Date Wednesday, July 4, 1888

The fifty-cent rate has proven a decided failure in the second city of the Union (in point of population only), and the League was the first to admit it. The high rate never had a fair show in Philadelphia. The unprecedented bad spring [N.B.: referring to an unusually cold and wet spring] gave it a black eye, the continued newspaper comment served to keep alive the agitation against it, and the rather poor playing of both local clubs at the beginning of the season also intensified the opposition to paying double prices. Notwithstanding these drawbacks, the rate could have been maintained, were but one big club located here. With two clubs, however, it simply became a question of freeze-out for one or the other. The Phillies had the call last season, but this year through their accumulating misfortunes, they were not able to maintain their prestige, and were getting the worst of the fight. Every League club having had a turn here, and all, without exception, having received convincing proof of the intense unpopularity of the high tariff, an appeal was made by the Philadelphia Club for a change. A mail vote was taken, and on Friday President Young notified Mr. Reach that by unanimous vot4e of the League clubs the Philadelphia Club would be allowed in future to reduce the price of admission to 25 cents. The change went into effect Saturday.

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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