Clipping:A game halted by a rules dispute

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Date Tuesday, May 21, 1872

[Athletic vs. Baltimore 5/20/1872][Anson on second, McGeary on first] Mack was given his base on called balls, thus filling the bases. Before Mack, however, had his base given him by the Umpire Craver threw the ball to Fisher to head off Anson, who was trying to steal third. Fisher put the ball on him, and here arose a discussion as to whether Anson was out, pending which Pike got the ball and secreted it. Time was not called, and the Umpire decided that Anson was not out. As Cuthbert went to the bat Pike watched his opportunity, and when McGeary, who was on second, left his base, he, Pike, immediately touched him, and the Umpire decided him out and he came in. McBride, however, sent McGeary back to his base in spite of the decision of the Umpire. The striker was then called and Cuthbert refused to go to the bat. Matthews pitched three balls, no striker responding. McBride then attempted to take the ball from Matthews, but Craver was too quick for him and pocketed it himself. The crowd here broke into the field and surrounded the players, and much feeling was manifested, though no violence was attempted. The Athletics then left the ground, a few hisses greeting them as they moved towards their conveyance. The Umpire decided the game in favor of the Baltimore Club as the score stood in the seventh inning. Baltimore American May 21, 1872

[Athletic vs. Baltimore 5/20/1872][Anson on second, McGeary on first] Mack was given by the umpire a base on called balls and Anson was consequently entitled to his third and McGeary to his second, but Craver, throwing the ball to second, Anson was first decided out and then McGeary. The Athletics, of course, would not submit to such a bare-faced swindle, and naturally objected to such an unfair decision, and all of the Baltimore nine, with the exception of Craver, told the umpire that he was wrong in so deciding, and the umpire finally allowed both men to go back to their bases, but as Craver refused to play unless these two men were given out, a long argument ensued, which was terminated by the crowd breaking in upon the field, and the police had to escort the Athletics off the ground to protect them from violence at the hands of the hooting crowd of ruffians. Evening City Item May 21, 1872

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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