Clipping:Prospects for AA clubs in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia

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Date Saturday, December 27, 1890

[from an interview of Spalding] In Boston the League people were opposed to the introduction of a second club. They claimed, with good precedents for their theory, that two professional clubs could not be made to pay. When I pointed out how, with the many popular Boston players, two teams, working on a friendly basis, ought to receive good support, the objections first formed were partially removed. Prince is quite willing to compromise by being given an Association franchise, and I rather think that may be done. Under such circumstances I could not very well oppose strongly the establishment of an Association club in Chicago. But I would insist positively, were a second team placed here, that no Sunday games be played and no beer nor liquor be sold on the grounds. I should also desire to be satisfied that the club was under proper management, with some guarantee that the officers intended to run the club for the good of the game in general. In Philadelphia Reach does not oppose an Association club; in fact, he favors one. It is possible that the Wagners may secure a franchise. Too much credit cannot be given President Thurman for the manner in which he is endeavoring to elevate the American Association and sport.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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