Clipping:The creation of the black list; subject to abuse

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Date Friday, September 30, 1881

At the special meeting of the base ball league tonight [9/29] a resolution was adopted agreeing not to hire or to play against any other club which employs or presents as player, manager or umpire certain players who were placed upon a black list for dissipation and general insubordination. It was decided not to make the list public at present. A number of players were named. Boston Herald September 30, 1881

The League has for a number of years been considering a plan of black-listing certain players against whom the charge of general dissipation and insubordination has been repeatedly made, and the talk today resolved itself into this action. It was decided that a list of such players should be presented whenever there was any cause for so doing, and that no league club should play against any club employing as manager, umpire or player any of such proscribed players. The following list was adopted at this meeting, and it will be increased at the annual meeting in December: M. J. Dorgan, L. P. Dickerson, E. M. Gross, Lipman Pike, S. P. Houck, Edward Nolan, William Crowley, J. Fox and L. P. Brown. These players can only be reinstated by unanimous vote of the league at an annual meeting. Other legislation of an important nature relative to the management and conduct of players was enacted, and it was determined that any means in the power of the league should be employed to week out of the profession dissipated and insubordinate players... Boston Herald October 1, 1881

The plan of black-listing players for dissolute habits and insubordination is a long step in the right direction, but, in enforcing it, the league clubs will have to exercise care that no injustice is done to any player. It will go hard if any player should have the misfortune to have his directors entertain ill-feelings against him, for it gives them an opportunity to trump up trivial charges. Every case presented for the black list should be thoroughly and impartially investigated before the decision is made. No player should be black-listed unless the strongest proof is presented that he has so conducted himself as to bring dishonor and disgrace on the league. The object of the project is a good one, and it should not be abused. Boston Herald October 2, 1881

Source Boston Herald
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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