Clipping:Invigorating the League Alliance

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Date Friday, December 9, 1881
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[reporting the NL meeting of 12/7/1881] The feasibility of changing the Constitution governing the League Alliance, by which the League means to strike a death-blow to the American Association by making the former more attractive to outside Clubs than the latter, was considerably agitated during the day, and but little action was taken in this matter, and the matter was put over until this morning's session. Among other changes to be made is one to the effect that but one club will be admitted from each city. Another is that application for membership will be subjected to the ballot of all the League Clubs and those already admitted to the League Alliance, and more than two votes will reject it. … Mr. Hulbert says that the only way any independent organization can live is by joining the League Alliance and then branching out for itself Cincinnati Enquirer December 8, 1881

[reporting the NL meeting of 12/8/1881] In revising the League alliance constitution the meeting has so arranged matters as to place the clubs in that sort of a second-fiddle Association nearly upon a level with themselves, whereas the non-League or American teams must bend their knee in obeisance to the dictations of the League, and esteem it a most wondrous concession if a Club belonging to the latter designs to play with them even at most exorbitant rates. In other words, the League has taken this stand that either all Clubs not member of their organization must enter the League alliance or be forever and ever more utterly damned. If will not brook any assumption of independence on the part of an outside body, and all must come like sinful pilgrims to the shrine and ask for a not of approval from this truly monarchical Association. The entire forenoon of to-day was consumed in the dissection of the old League Alliance's regulations. They were so changed, enlarged and reclothed as to be scarcely recognizable. Now, in order to become a member an applicant must be elected by a joint vote of the League and League Alliance Clubs, two adverse votes rejecting. Only one Club from a city is entitled to admission. The League will adjudicate all of the disputes of its proteges, and the Secretary will notify the League and League Alliance Clubs of their contra cts, suspension and expulsions, all of which must be respected by the two bodies alike. The Alliance Clubs can be represented by two delegates at the annual meeting, and will have the privilege of taking part on topics affecting their interest. If the Clubs desire a championship contest, the League will arrange it, and declare the winner. From this point out the League showed its teeth to the American Association Clubs. First an article was adopted making a distinction in the distribution of the receipts of games between league Clubs and League alliance and non-League Clubs. The last-named must give to League clubs a guarantee of $100; and if the gross receipts exceed $200, then the latter shall receive one half. Gross receipts are defined to mean all moneys taking for all kinds of admissions and special privileges, such as bars, &c. On the other hand, the infants over whom the League keeps such a watchful eye, and who belong to the League alliance, pay a guarantee of $100, or half of the gross receipts or gate receipts, as may be agreed upon before the game. The definition of gate receipts, according to the League dictionary, includes all funds secured from admittance fees to the grounds, but does not cover extra remunerations for grand stand seats or the special privileges. This latter clause was added to satisfy the Metropolitans, whose President, Mr. Day, was in attendance. One or two of the Eastern Clubs would be unable to live but for the kind interference of the generous New Yorkers who believe they are aiding a noble cause when they pay liberally for going out to the Polo grounds in their city, and witnessing the Troys or some other League nine mop the ground with a League team day after day. The New Yorkers being so self-sacrificing, and their money being so needful to keep certain Clubs' heads floating, this constitution clap on the back was passed; and decidedly the most direct drive at the American was in the following new section: No games shall be played between any League and any non-League Club in any city in which a League-Alliance Club is located, except with such League Alliance Club. This will especially operate in Philadelphia, where the Athletics belong to the American Association, and the Philadelphias to the League-Alliance. As the former as the strongest team, it is very liable to secure the most patronage, and the League nine have gained little by such an enactment.

Source Cincinnati Enquirer
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