Clipping:The Resolutes disbanded; an ineligible player

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Date Sunday, August 17, 1873
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[Mutual vs. Atlantic 8/16/1873] The contest between these clubs yesterday was practically nothing more than an exhibition-game, not the slightest interest being attached to it as a legal contest, from the fact that the playing of Allison in the Mutual nine really forfeits the game to the Atlantics by 9 to 0. Not a player who took part in the Resolute nine match of August 7 has a right to play in any other professional club until October 7, even if it were a fact that the Resolute club had disbanded–which is not the case–and therefore every game played by the Mutuals in which Allison take part before October 7, will not only be forfeited to the club playing them, but it will not count in the championship series of games. New York Sunday Mercury August 17, 1873

In regard to the sixty-day rule and its bearing upon disbanded club nines, we see it stated by a city contemporary that the Judiciary Committee have decided that players from disbanded nines can immediately be engaged by other clubs and legally take part in their matches. Now, the fact is simply that the Judiciary Committee of the present Professional Association have done nothing of the kind, simply because they have no legal right to render null and void any law of the playing code of rules adopted by the association in full convention. Why, they might as well pass a law stating that overhand throwing would henceforth be allowed as to enact that a player who has taken part in a match game in one nine could take his place in another nine before the sixty days had expired, simply because the club he had played with had disbanded. They have as much right to do one thing as the other. New York Sunday Mercury August 17, 1873

Last season the ill success of the Troy Club led to its disbandment long before the season was nearly completed, and the result was an appeal made by the unengaged players to allow them to amalgamate with the Eckford nine–a request which was granted seemingly officially, but in direct violation of a standing, albeit an unjust, law. This established something of a precedent, and we had hoped at the meeting of the professional association, held on March 3 at Baltimore, that a rule would be made for the protection of such players, but it seems it was forgotten, or not thought worthy of action.

Some weeks ago the Resolute Club disbanded–went utterly to pieces. Many of its players had previously connected themselves with the Irvington Club, the Resolute reorganizing without avail, and finally being compelled to succumb to the fate which seemed inevitable when they opened the season. Among the men engaged for them in spring was Doug Allison, a player well known and highly thought of on account of his qualities as a player and as an honest, earnest worker. He gave the Resolute club most faithful service; stuck to them through thick and thin, defeat and victory–little they had, however, of the latter–and up to the last moment fulfilled his contract to the letter. The club went to pieces and he was out of employment; he did not “revolve,” but took the best course he could under the circumstances and accepted an offer to play with the Mutual Club, which was under a disadvantage through the disabling of Hicks, their regular catcher. Allison came to this city last Monday with his new alliances, and, after protest was made against his playing, he participated in the game with the Philadelphia Club. The latter lost the game, and the question will come before the board for adjustment. Philadelphia Sunday Dispatch August 17, 1873

A New York journal states that the Judiciary Committee have decided that players engaged in the nine of a club which disbands can play in another club nine directly afterwards. The questions are, When did they so decide? And if they did, does not the decision nullify the Professional Association rule? New York Clipper August 23, 1873

The sixty-day rule, apparently, is being ignored by nearly all the clubs... New York Sunday Mercury August 24, 1873

Source New York Sunday Mercury
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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