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The code of umpiring in baseball...



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January 02, 1858

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Jan. 2, 1858  A sporting newspaper with much on horse racing, but there is baseball content as well.
Inside has: "Base-Ball Correspondence" which provides some interesting commentary on officiating in the mid-19th century: "On practice days, the person who attempts the duties of umpire should give his decisions as fairly as his judgment is capable, & not allow it to be warped by ill-feeling towards any of the players. In a match, he should pay every attention to the game. Let him be watchful, giving his decision for his own club where there is a doubt & abide cheerfully by that of the referee; in everything he should remember that he is chosen to represent the interests of is club as judge of the play, & that they have a right to look for the proper maintenance of such interest..." with much more.
Complete in 16 pages, a bit of light damp staining, generally in very good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War