Clipping:An illegal flat bat

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Date Saturday, June 12, 1875

[Beacon of Boston vs. Boston Amateurs 6/4/1875] The baseball fraternity generally have heard of the fraudulent flat bat used in Hartford recently. One was discovered in this game. The Beacons noticed that during the first two innings most of the Amateurs were using a peculiar black bat, which was not to be seen when they themselves came up from the field. During their second inning one of the Beacon nine found this bat concealed under the players' seats. On one side it was shaved down so as to present a broad flat surface, and the whole bat was colored a dusky black, so that the fraud would pass unnoticed without a very close examination. When the Beacons went to the field a watch was kept, and Hogan soon appeared at the bat with this illegal instrument. The umpire was appealed to, and the bat at once thrown out, of course; but it seemed that some further penalty should be incurred by a club or a player guilty of such dishonest practices further than being held up to reprobation of all honest ball-players.

Source New York Clipper
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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