Clipping:The makeup of the League

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Date Sunday, February 20, 1876

The St. Louis Republic, of the 13th, in commenting on the formation of the National Baseball League, says that the admission of the New York Mutual Club into that organization was in some respects very distasteful to the members of the other clubs forming that body, for the Mutuals for several seasons past, have been “a hot-bed of iniquity,” and that at the very least four of its present members are “notoriously crooked” players, but the necessity of keeping the game on its feet in New York made them open a rather unwilling ear, and only the most iron-clad promise from the manager of the Mutuals brought its admission. The Philadelphia Club was incontinently barred out, the animus of that association having been plainly dishonest last season. The New Havens received a similar disposition, not on account of any suggestion of “game throwing,” but because they were considered of too light calibre to compete with the other nines; their admission is not yet improbable should they demonstrate solidity in the field and financially.

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


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