Reporting BaseballÕs Sensational Season of 1890

The Brotherhood War and the Rise of Modern Sports Journalism

Author: Scott D. Peterson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786473681

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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When the members of the first baseball players' union formed their own league in open revolt against the reserve clause and other restrictive practices of the National League, baseball journalism moved out of the curiosity shop of mainstream journalism and into the newsroom. Baseball journalists Henry Chadwick, T.H. Murnane and Ella Black covered the labor struggle on the field and in the front offices--and they took sides: one as a mouthpiece for the capitalist owners of the National League, one as a "omer" for the cooperatively operated Players' League, and the other more or less in the middle. The roots of baseball writing as we know it today are visible in their coverage that season. Through a close examination of their work, this book tells the stories of the three sportswriters and the development of sports journalism in response to the famed "Brotherhood War" of 1890.
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Rowdy Patsy Tebeau and the Cleveland Spiders

Fighting to the Bottom of Baseball, 1887–1899

Author: David L. Fleitz

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476627665

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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 In an era of rowdy teams, the Cleveland Spiders (1887–1899) were baseball’s rowdiest. Managed by Oliver “Patsy” Tebeau, a quick-tempered infielder, the Spiders seemed to heap abuse of one kind or another on everyone—umpires, opposing teams, even the fans. Their aggression never brought home the pennant, but Cleveland’s battles with the league’s top clubs, including an 1895 Temple Cup victory over the Baltimore Orioles, are now legendary. Yet the story of the Spiders amounts to more than a 12 year free-for-all. There were top-flight players like Ed McKean, George Davis, Jesse Burkett, and Cy Young. There was the racially progressive signing of Holy Cross star Louis Sockalexis, the first American Indian in the major leagues. And then there was the team’s final season, 1899, when a club ravaged by syndicalism set the standard for baseball futility.
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Before They Were the Cubs

The Early Years of Chicago's First Professional Baseball Team

Author: Jack Bales

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476674671

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 262

View: 7144

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Founded in 1869, the Chicago Cubs are a charter member of the National League and the last remaining of the eight original league clubs still playing in the city in which the franchise started. Drawing on newspaper articles, books and archival records, the author chronicles the team’s early years. He describes the club’s planning stages of 1868; covers the decades when the ballplayers were variously called White Stockings, Colts, and Orphans; and relates how a sportswriter first referred to the young players as Cubs in the March 27, 1902, issue of the Chicago Daily News. Reprinted selections from firsthand accounts provide a colorful narrative of baseball in 19th-century America, as well as a documentary history of the Chicago team and its members before they were the Cubs.
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