Clipping:Ungentlemanly talk from the friends of a club

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Date Saturday, September 5, 1857
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[Excelsior vs. Niagara 8/28/1857] Some of the Niagara’s friends did not behave as gentlemen should; whenever the Excelsiors were about to–such remarks as “shanks,” “Shanghai,” and other words not quite as decent as the above.  In several instances, when the Excelsiors had the bat, on their making a strike and reaching the first base, their ears would be saluted by the word “foul,” sung out in a loud tone, by one of the Niagara’s friends; the consequence would be, that the Excelsior, thinking that it was the decision of the referee, would hasten back–no sooner would he get half way to the home base, when the pitcher of the Niagaras would send the ball to the first base, and the consequence was, that the Excelsior was out.  Common politeness, at least, required some effort, on the part of the Niagara Club, to stop such proceedings; but they were looked to in vain.

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(September 12, 1857)

The writer of the article...states: that the friends of the Niagara kept up a continual yelling; and that when the Excelsiors went to the bat, they would be assailed by such names as Shanks, Shanghai, &c. Now, Gents, this is entirely false. The Niagara came from Brooklyn with nine members, who went to play the match, and none of their friends were with them. That yelling and hooting took place I don’t deny, but it was friends of the Excelsior, and not of ours.

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(September 12, 1857)

Your correspondent is mistaken in saying that either the Niagaras or their friends treated us unfairly. They acted as gentlemen on every occasion, and the hooting...was made by outsiders, enemies of both clubs. [signed by the captain of the Excelsiors]

 

Source Porter's Spirit of the Times
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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