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Date Sunday, August 12, 1866
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[Atlantics of Brooklyn vs. Unions of Lansingburgh 8/8/1866] Owing to the fact that the Atlantics put in Pearce and Crane in their nine, the game is rendered “null and void”, and neither counts as a game won, nor will it be recorded or be noticed in the averages of the season. Section 29 of the rules of the National Association, by which all clubs belonging to the Association are bound in eery game they play, whether with clubs in or out of the Associations, says:–“In playing all matches, nine players from each club shall constitute a full field, and they must have been regular members of the club which they represent, and of no other club in or out of the National Association, for thirty days prior to the match.”

Now Pearce and Crane, though re-elected as members of the Atlantic Club on the evening of August 2, did not have their resignations accepted by the Excelsiors until the evening of Saturday, August 4, and until this was done they could not legally become members of any other club. Consequently not until thirty days from August 4 will they be legally entitled to play in the nine of the Atlantic Club in any match-game. Of course, it will be seen by the above rules that they had no right to play in the Union match on August 8.

Last season, this illegal action could be committed with apparent impunity, all that was requisite being that each contesting club should agree to ignore the rules as the Mutuals and Atlantics did in regard to Thorn. This year, a penalty is inflicted, and it is done in the form named in Section 38 of the rules, which says, “Any match-game played by any club in contravention of the rules adopted by this Association, shall be considered null and void, and shall not be counted in the list of match-games won or lost.”

If Pearce and Crane were allowed to play by consent of the union Club, it did not relieve the Atlantics from the penalty of the law; and if they were put in without their consent, it was playing a very illiberal game on a visiting club, to whom in all instances courtesy calls for action quite the reverse.

Once establish a precedent of this kind, and any rule of the game not advantageous to the interests of this or that club, could be ignored. With any club this breaking of the rules would merit censure; but emanating from a club on which the whole baseball-fraternity looks as one occupying a position that makes their action in such matters an example for others to follow, or an excuse, rather, for other clubs to similarly break the rules, it becomes important that prompt action should be taken to place their action in the right light. Pearce and Crane cannot legally take part in any game until thirty days after their resignations have been acted upon by the club they left, viz., September 4th, next.

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

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