Clipping:Professional indoor baseball in New York

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Date Saturday, December 20, 1890
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Indoor base ball has taken a decided hold upon the public of Chicago and has become so very popular that the games are nightly witnessed by large crowds. By reason of this patronage, composed of the best society of the Windy City, considerable profit has accrued to the clubs, which are composed of amateurs. The financial success of the sport has attracted the attention of New York—anything with the ring of the dollars always attracts Gotham—and it is, therefore, not surprising that the professionals of that city will make an effort to capture a piece of the pie.

Messrs. Day and Mutrie, of the New York Club, feel that if there is any money to be made out of indoor base ball in New York they ought to be the ones to make it, as the outdoor game hasn't done very much for them for some time. Accordingly they are going to play a professional team at Madison Square Garden. The proprietors of the new enterprise propose to place the Garden as near like a base ball field as it is possible to make it. There will be a turf foundation, with regular base paths, and other portions of the field all complete. Spectators will be protected from injury by a netting which will encircle the entire auditorium.

… Challenges will be issued to all the crack regimental teams of New York City and Brooklyn and games will also probably be played with teams from Yale and Princeton, and the Staten Island, Crescent, New Jersey and other prominent athletic clubs. If everything turns out all right and the public takes an interest in it, other professional teams will be organized, and games will be played nearly every night until the season opens.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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