Clipping:Two umpires in a League game

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Date Wednesday, July 18, 1888
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[New York vs. Chicago 7/17/1888] Owing to the disgraceful scenes on the ball field during the other two games, it was agreed to try the double umpire system. Ex-Umpire Powers of the Western Association and ex-league Umpire Furlong were chosen, and while they erred in some cases there was much less fault finding than before.

In the double umpire system the umpire alternate after every inning. One would attend to the bases while the other would call balls and strikes.

Source Chicago Tribune
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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