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1878. 



CONSTITUTION 



PLAYING RULES 



NATIONAL LEAGUE 




Professional Base Ball Clubs. 



OFFICIAL PUBLICATION, 

Including the Proceedings of the League Congress in Cleveland, Dec. 4-7, 

1877, and the Oflicial Fielding and Batting Averages of Players 

in Championship Games in 1877. 






CHICAGO: 

PUBLISHED BY A. G. SPALDING & BRO. 

NO. Il8 RANDOLPH STREET. 



Intend, according to Act of Congress, in the vear 1878, t»y A. G. Spalding A 
Beo., in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, in Washington. 



DIAGRAM OF A BALL GROUND. 



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CONSTITUTION 

OK THE 

NATIONAL LEAGUE 

OF 

PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS 

1S7S. 



ARTICLE I. 

NAME. 

This Association shall be called "The Nam*. 
National League of Professional Base 
Ball Clubs." 

ARTICLE II. 

OBJECTS. 

The objects of this League are ; 

1st. To encourage, foster and elevate the 
game of base ball ; to enact and enforce proper 
rules for the exhibition and conduct of the 
game, and to make base ball playing respectable 
ar\d honorable. 

2d. To protect and promote the mutual inter- 
ests of professional base ball clubs and profes- 
sional base ball players ; and 

3d. To establish and regulate the base ball 
championship of the United States. 






CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



ARTICLE III. 

MEMBERSHIP. 

Membership. This League shall consist of the following 
named Professional Base Ball Clubs, namely : 

Boston B. B. Ass'n, of Boston, Mass. 

Chicago Ball Club, of Chicago, 111. 

Cincinnati B. B. Ass'n, of Cincinnati, 0. 

Indianapolis B. B. Ass'n, of Indianapolis, Ind. 

Louisville B. B. Club, of Louisville, Ky. 

Milwaukee B. B. Club, of Milwaukee, Wi& 

And such other y <e ball clubs as 

may from time to time be elected to membership 
under the following rules, namely : 

1. ^ No club shall be admitted from either of 
the cities above named other than the clubs 
mentioned, except in the event that either of 
such clubs shall lose ife membership, and in no 
event shall there be more than one club frofl* 
any city. 

2. No club shall be admitted from any city 
whose population is less than seventy-five thous- 
and (75,000), except by unanimous vote of the 
League. 

3. No club shall be admitted unless it shall 
first have delivered to the Secretary of th 'j 
League, at least Bye days before the annW 

-meeting, a written application for membership* 
signed by its President and Secretary, accom- 
panied by documents showing that such clu D 
bears the nameof the i bich it La 1 

and that it is regularily organized and offic 
and (where the State la* it) chartered 

and accompanied also by a pledge that it J 
keep all its eng with the clul 

of the League, and that it baa not in its cropj } 
any player who xp clic 

by the League or any club member thereof; ^ 
the Secretary shall refer BUOb application to t»| 
Board at its annual m 






OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 

4. The voting upon an application for mem- 
bership shall be by white and black balls. Two 
black balls shall be sufficient to exclude the 
applicant, and no club shall be required, under 

j any circumstances, to state how it voted upon 
such application. Such election shall take place 
at the annual meeting of the League ; provided, 
that should any eligible club desire to join the 
League after the adjournment of the annual 
meeting and before March 1st following, it may 
make application in writing to the Secretary of 
the League, who shall at once communicate such 
application, together with any facts in his pos- 
ion concerning such applicant, to all League 
clubs, each of whom shall, within ten days, 
transmit one written ballot for or against the 
admission of such applicant to the Secretary, 
and if two adverse ballots be not cast, then the 

' Secretary shall, upon receipt of the annual dues, 
notify such club of its election. 

ARTICLE IV. 

OFFICERS. 

Section 1. At its annual meeting, the omcers. 
League shall elect a President by ballot. The 
President shall be ex-officio chairman of the 
Board of Directors. He shall preside at all 
meetings of the League, and shall call special 
meetings of the League when ho may deem it 
necessary, or when thereto requested by half of 
the clubs of the League. 

Sec. 2. The affairs of this League shall be 
conducted and controlled by five Directors, who 
. shall constitute "The Board," and who shall 
consist of the President and four members, to be 
chosen at the annual meeting in the following 
manner: The name of each club, except that 
of which the President is a member, shall be 



CONSTITUTION OP THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



Secretary 

and 
Treasurer. 



Treasurer's 
Duties. 



Secretary's 
DutitB. 



Salary. 



he 1 
to 1 



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plainly written upon a card, in full view of the 
delegates present, by the Secretary; the cards to, 
be of the same size, shape, color and material,* 
Ihe cards shall then be placed in some suitable 1 
receptacle and well shaken together; thereupon] 
four of these cards shall be drawn successively, 8 
and at random, and one delegate from each of? 
the four clubs whose names are so drawn shall, 11 
with the President, compose the Board, and lL 
any club whose name is thus drawn be represented 
by two delegates, such delegation shall name on*° 
of its number to be a member of the Board. 

Sec. 3. The Board shall also elect a gentler 
man of intelligence, honesty and good repute," 
who is versed in base ball matters, but who i* C 
not, in any manner, connected with the press 
and who is not a member of any profes 
base ball club either in or out of the League, to 1 ; 
be the Secretary of the Board and of the L 

The Secretary shall be the Treasurer of the? 
League, and as such shall be the custodian of ff 
all the funds of the League, receive all duos, fee* f( 
and assessments, make such payments as may b^ 
ordered by the Board or by vote of the League, p 
and render annually a report of his accounts. J 

He shall have the custody and care of th^ 
official records and papers of the League; shal£, 
keep a true record of all meetings of tK- 
League and the Board; shall issue all offici* 
notices and attend to the necess 
ence; he shall prepare and furnish such report, 
as may be called for by the Hoard, and shall K 
entitled to such books, stationery, blank 
materials as the actual duties of his offi< 
require. 

He shall receive such salary as the L 
ny vote t shall determine, and shall be reimburs* 
for all traveling expen y incurred W 

bun in the service of the League; and tb« 



OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUB8. 



lC Board may exact from him such guarantees for 

:0 thc faithful performance of his duties as they 

1 may deem for the interest and safety of the 

| c League. 

n At the expiration of his term of office, he 

^ shall account for and deliver up to the Board all 

,fthe property and papers which may have come 

1 into his hands by virtue of his office. 

if Sec. 4. In case of a vacancy in the Board 

,jby reason of the death, resignation, absence, 

l0 or disqualification of any director, the club of 

which he was a member at the time he was 
^chosen shall designate his successor, and at once 
^notify the Secretary, But if such vacancy is 
^caused by the withdrawal, disbanding or dis- 
qualification of a club represented on the Board, 
a jthe Board may fill the vacancy by election in 
'the same manner as provided for the election of 

)i rectors in Article IV, Section 1, of this Con- 



Vacancy in 
the Bond. 



^titution. 

f No person shall be qualified to act as a director 
who is not an actual member of the club he 
represents; nor shall any club, under any cir- 
cumstances, be represented by more than one 

person on the Board. 

Sir. 5. The Board shall 

^Supervision and management of all the affairs 



have the general 
.pu|M-i \ l- it m auu luauogcuieub of all the affairs 
1 and business of the League, and shall be indi- 
vidually answerable to the League for the faith- 
ful discharge of their trust. 

The Board shall meet annually on the even- 
ting of the first Tuesday in December, at the 
'Jplace where the annual meeting of the League 
Sgj to be held, but may hold special meetings 
l ^ henevcr urgent necessity may require. They 
shall prepare a detailed report of all their 
goings, and present the same in writing to the 
finual meeting, which report shall, 
Y accepted, be filed with the Secretary, together 






Director*' 

Qualifica- 
tions. 



r.oan IV 
Duties. 



Annual 
Meeting of 

Hoard, and 
llej>ort. 



6 CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

with all official papers, documents and property 
which may have come into their possesssion by , 
virtue of their office. 
Penalty. Any director who shall disclose or publifiB £ 

any of the proceedings of the Board, except 
officially through the report of the Board, or j 
when called upon by vote of the League, shall 
forfeit his office. 



Clubi. 



Employ- 
ment of 
Expelled 
PlaytTB 
Forbidden. 



ARTICLE V. 



CLUBS. 



Section 1. Each club belonging to thi* 
League shall have the right to regulate its o** 
affairs, to make its own contracts, to establish 
its own rules, and to discipline, punish, or expel 
its own players, and these powers shall not be 
limited to cases of dishonest play or ope** 
insubordination, but shall include all question! ( 
of carelessness, indifference, or other conduct o» 
the player that may be regarded by the club & 
prejudicial to its interests: Provided, That noil 
ing shall be done in violation of, or contrary to 
this Constitution or the Playing Rules. 

Sec. 2. No club shall employ as maoam 
scorer or player any person who has willful', 
violated any provision of this Constitution or j 
the Playing Rules, or who has been expell* 
from any club belonging to this League, or ** 
shall be disqualified from playing with a M 
under any provision of this Constitution 
any club which shall employ or play, or attend 
to play, in its nine, a player disqualified 
provision of this Constitution, shall at o» I 
forfeit its membership in the League, and * 
other clubs must and shall, under the penalty 
the forfeiture of their membership in 
League, abstain from playing any such cj* 
unti; it shall have been reinstated or reelect 
to membership. 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



Sec. 3. Any club having agreed to play a 

championship game with another club upon a 

day certain, and refusing or failing to meet its 

, engagement, shall (unless the failure be caused 

I by an unavoidable accident in traveling, or the 

, game be prevented by rain, or postponed with 

[ the consent, in writing, of the other clubs,) at 

once forfeit its membership in the League, and 

all other League clubs must and shall, under 

penalty of the forfeiture of their membership 

in the League, abstain from playing any such 

club until it shall have been reinstated or 

reelected to membership. 

Sec. 4. In any case subject to the provisions 
i of Sections 2 or 3 of this Article, the club not 
. in default shall at once notify the Secretary of 
j the League by writing or telegraph of the 
i default of the other club, stating the particulars 
f bf such default, and upon the receipt of such 
i ' notice the Secretary shall at once notify all 
! League clubs, and the club in default, of the 
forfeiture of membership of such elub, stating 
in such notice the nature of the default and 
referring to the Section of this Article under 
which such forfeiture of membership was in- 
curred. 

Sec. 5. Any player, under contract with a 
League club, who shall, without the written 
consent of such club, leave its service, or who 
shall be proven guilty of offering, agreeing, con- 
spiring, or attempting to lose any game of ball, 
or of being interested in any pool or wager 
thereon, or of any dishonorable or disreputable 
conduct, shall be at once expelled by such clnb. 
}' Sec. G. If any club shall take part in any 
me of ball on Sunday, or if it shall fail to 
immediately expel any man under contract with 
it for taking part in such game as player, umpire 
Or scorer; then, and in either of these cases, the 



CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

club shall forfeit its membership in the League 
and the Board shall, after calling for and cofl 
ndertog thi • thr club, if any 

nirnished within ten days after being call< 
by the Chairman of the H 

retary, and he shall al tify all I ' 

clubs of the forfeiture of membership of 
club convicted of such offence, and all < 
League clubs nm hall, under penJjB '< 

of the forfeiture of their m 

ue, abstain from plajm h <#jj ] 

(after the r su-di n..tW,, until it »■« 

have been reinstated or I to meml 

Sec, 7. Hvery club member of thi- 1 
shall have <■ in ^^B 1 

i f is located, and of I urroundjjjj ] 

roch city to the ..f five miles 

direction, and no vwitin L 
Under any ,.„ with l 

consent of the local until all I 

championship , . lUi \ s ) ia W 



M. -uiheniblp. 



keen finish [lowed t< f cluh 

lueh territory other than ae eltib tb« 



located 
Sec. 8 



Sec. 8. The ; I 
by the club* belonging to tl L ziic ah* 1 J3 
considered and ui memtx 

■ 

' 9 of thi ■ iiti.,n. and .-ntitled 

ll ; privileges in d dispute, 

line, a* provided in thi 

hall shall bo 



ploy 



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fruin th- U 



OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 9 

ARTICLE VI. 

DUES AND ASSESSMENTS. 

Section 1. p]very club shall pay to the Dn«. 

{Secretary of the League, on or before the first 

* Jay of" May of each year, the sum of One 
Hundred Dollars as annual dues, and any club 
failing to pay said sum by such time shall 

; thereby forfeit its membership in the League, 
and the Secretary of the League shall notify all 

! League clubs of such forfeiture of membership, 
by telegraph on said first day of May, and all 
other League clubs must and shall, under penalty 
of the forfeiture of their membership in the 
League, abstain from playing aiiy such club 
until it shall have been reinstated or reelected to 

!. membership. 

article vrr. 

FORFEITING MEMBERSHIP. 

The membership of any club belonging to Footing 
this League shall be forfeited under the following Membership, 
circumstances, namely : 

1st. By voluntary withdrawal or disband- 
ment.- 

2d. By failing or refusing to comply with 
any lawful requirement or order of the Board. 

!Jd. By willfully violating any provision of 
this Constitution, or the Playing Kuks adopted 
hereunder : Provided, That in all cases where 
this Constitution does not specifically inflict 
immediate forfeiture of membership, such for- 
feiture shall be subject to a two-thirds vote of 
tin; League at its annual meeting, and no club 
I which has forfeited its membership shall be 
readmitted except by unanimous vote of the 
ue. 



10 



CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LKAGUE 



Diripuusa 

and 
CompUlnti. 



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CI lit*, 

Involving 

OoDttnie&a 

of this 

Cunsiinni-.,!, 



ARTICLE VIII. 

DISPUTES AND COMPLAINTS. 

> 1. The Board of Directors shall 
at <>n< implaint preferred by 

club against a player of another club for oojl 
duet in violation of any provision of thi 
tititution or prejudicial to the good repute of the 
game of base ball, and shall ! 
require the cltth to which such player 

g to discipline him, and, upon repetition w 
such offeu ipel him: Provided^ 

such complaint be preferred in writing, givfoJj 
such particular- as may enable the Board i0 
ascertain all the facts, at insmittcd 

fcary, by whom it shall ferfl 

to the Board . < 

2. The Hoard shall be^h.- sole tribujg 
to determine distrafc 

which involve the interpretation ,lCtl0 j 

of this Constitution, or any of its Artich 

in contro ach a dii ,u J 

and either club shall 
its desire for the Board to decide tl 

11 furnish to the Secret 
as po^ o\ W 

Ite, with the D oI " L 

'• menl ol possible, whieb l 

tart shall 

tion. and at tl unual meeting the <>rZ 
shall the Hoard y* 

mony, and th. 
lecagfl impartially and renders ti 
The Board .-ball h»™ » r\<rh\ t,» nut 



i right t<> pO< 

rases under oath, and w if dem^ 

hereto by either party, No director shall * 

cause in which hi 

i. but m 

aim.. Tb6 h'»«J 



OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



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the Board, in such a case, shall be final, and 
under no circumstances shall be reconsidered, 
reopened or inquired into, either by the League 
or any subsequent Board; Provided) That in 
the matter in dispute shall involve the for- 
feiture of membership of a League club during 
the playing season, the Board shall, if appealed 
to by such club through the Secretary of the 
League, forthwith determine the matter, but, in 
such case, the members of the Board shall 
(unless the ends of justice may seem to them to 
require a meeting) determine such question by 
conference with each other by written correspon- 
dence. 

Sec. 3. The Board shall also be the sole riayer't 
tribunal for the hearing of an appeal made by fromhia 
any player who shall have been expelled by his Club - 
club, or for an alleged breach of contract. The 
matter shall be proceeded with in the following 
manner. The player shall file with the Secretary 
a written statement of his defence, accompanied 
by a request that an appeal be allowed him.' 
The Secretary shall notify the club of the request 
for appeal, accompanying such notice with a copy 
of the placer's statement, and at the next annual 
meeting the club and the player shall appear 
before the Board with their testimony. The 
Board shall impartially hear the matter and 
render their decision, which shall be final and 
forever binding on both club and player. In 
the event the club appealed from is represented 
in the Board, that representative shall not be 
allowed to sit in the matter. 

Sec. 4. The expense of all trials and arhitra- Kxpemog. 
tions shall be equally borne by the parties 
litigant. 



12 CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



Annual 

Meeting. 



Quorum. 






Playiner 

Rules. 



ARTICLE IX. 

ANNUAL MEETING. 

Section 1. The annual meeting of the 
League shall be held on the first Wednesday 
after the first Tuesday in December of each year, 
at twelve o'clock noon, and at such plaee as shall 
be determined by vote at the previous annual 
meeting. -Slu^annual meeting shall not be-held 
in any city where^ujutte»bcr"rjr tl 
13 located; ImJ^.^rfa^fe^eld in some easily 
ibW^n!ace7 a &d, as ncahsas may be, equi- 
i the several club memtfewL^ 

oec. 2. At such meeting each clubshall be 
entitled to two representatives,-*^ shall present 
a certificate from thc.i^eslacnt or Secretary of 
their club, showing their authority to act; but 
no club shall have more than one vote. 

A representation of a majority of clubs shall 
constitute a quorum for the transaction of busi- 
ness, but a less number may adjourn from time 
to time until a quorum is obtained. 

Sec. 3. The following shall be the order of 
business. 

lstr— Reading minutes of last meeting. 

2d— Report of Board of Directors. 

3d — Miscellaneous business. 

f *— Amendment of Constitution. 

oth— Amendment of Playing Rules. 

6th — Election of new members. 

7th— Election of officers. 

8th — Adjournment. 

ARTICLE X. 

PLAYING HULKS. 

o 7 he r L T oa - ruc at itH first meeting shall adopt jj 
code of 1 Jaym- K u ] es> which bc altcre d, 

amended or abolished at any subsequent annid 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLCBS. 13 

ARTICLE XL 

CONTRACTS. 

Section 1. Contracts hereafter made be- contract*, 
tween the clubs, members of this League, and 
their players shall be made under and in view of 
the following provisions: 

No club shall be prevented from contracting Contract* 
with a player for the reason that he is already ™lJ\ 9 b *t 
under contract with another club : Provided, an J tlme - 
The service to be rendered under tho second 
contract is not to begin until the expiration of 
the first contract. 

No formal words of contract shall be required. No formality 
It shall be sufficient if the contract be made in neceS8ar y- 
writing, be dated, specify the time, indicate the 
service, and be signed by the player and some 
officer or recognized agent of the club and one extract* 
witness. 

Every contract made after Jan. 1, 1877, shall 
contain the following stipulations: "It is also 
agreed by the parties hereto that this contract 
shall not be valid or binding until the receipt 
by the Secretary of ( The National League of 
Professional Base Ball Clubs' of a notification, 
signed by the parties hereto, of the making of 
this contract ; and it is further agreed that should 
the club party hereto lose its membership in said 
'National League of Professional Base Ball 
Clubs' at any time before the expiration of the 
period covered by this contract, then, imme- 
diately upon such loss of membership, the 
mutual contract obligations of the parties hereto 
shall at once cease and terminate." 

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of a club, as Noti «« to 
soon as it shall have entered into a contract Secretai *- 
with a player, to file a notification of the same, 
stating therein that the provisions of Section 1 
of this Article have been complied with, and 



Release of 
Players. 



14 CONSTITUTION OF TlIE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

signed by the club and the player, with the Sec- 
retary of the League, who shall endorse thereon 
the date of its reception, and forthwith notify 
every other League club of such contract, and ( 
no contract shall" be valid until the receipt of 
such notice by tbe Secretary. 

Sec. 3. Whenever a club releases a player 
from his* contract or expels him, that club shall 
at once notify the Secretary of the League in 
writing, stating, in case of expulsion, the cause 
thereof, and the Secretary shall forthwith notify 
all the other clubs. 

A player who has been released from hii 
contract, without expulsion, may engage with 
any other club twenty days thereafter. 
. No player who has been expelled from » 
League club, shall, at any time thereafter, b* 
allowed to play with any League club, I eith 
the one expelling him or any other,; unl< 
upon his appeal to the Board, such expulsion 
shall have been set aside. 

Sec. 4. A player whose contract has expir 
or become void by reason of his club's disbaDg 
ing, withdrawing from or losing its mem! 
in the League, maj mainder <8 

the season with any other League club. 



Expulsion 
final. 



Champion- 
ship. 



ARTICLE XII. 

CHAMPIONSHIP, 

Section 1. The Champunuhip of the Unit* 
otato*, established bj this League, shall be co** 
|d l'*>r % the dubs composing thi L 



ttQaer the following rules, namely: 

The ehc { \\ extend Tro^ 

the 1st day of M 

clay of November, and n Bhall count ^ 

ne championship seriea unless played inM 
tne championship season. 



OK PROFESSIONAL BASH-BALL CLUBS, 15 

No game played on Sunday shall count in the 
championship series. 

Sec, 2. Every game played between two 

: clubs from the commencement of the champion- 
ship season to the completion of the champion- 
ship series, between such clubs, shall be a game 
for the championship, (unless played on Sunday,) 
and no League club shall lend or exchange 
players, to or with each other, for any game 
played during the championship season. 

Sec. 3 Each club shall play the following 
number of games with every other club : If six 
or seven clubs be members of the League on 
the first day of the championship season, twelve 
games ; if eight or nine clubs, ten games ; if ten 
clubs, eight games; Provided, however, That 
if any game be prevented by rain, or if a tie or 
drawn game be played, the visiting club shall 

) not be required to extend its stay, or to again 
visit such city for the sole purpose of playing 
off such tie or drawn game, or game prevented 
by rain. 

Sec. 4. Each club shall be entitled to have 
half of the championship series of games with 
every other club played on its own grounds. 

Sec. 5. All games shall be arranged for in 
writing, and so as to complete the championship 
series before the expiration of the champion- 
ship season. Each agreement to play shall 
provide for an equal number of return games, 
and specify dates for each game covered by the 
agreement, which dates shall subsequently 
changed only by the written consent of the 
parties to such agreement. 

Sec. 0. No game shall be played between 
League Clubs or between League and Non- 
League Clubs, before the commencement of the 
championship series jAno game shall be played 
between any League <ylub and any Non-League 

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CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

Club or picked nine, upon the grounds of any.. 
League Club, from the commencement to thej 
completion of the championship series upon^ 
such grounds; no game shall be arranged ort 
played between any League and Non-League 
Clubs or picked nines for or uj>on any "off day* U 
of the championship series, except as abo** j 
provided, and upon the following express condi' j 
tions : 

1st. If a League championship game bj; 
prevented by rain or unavoidable accident oo 
the day (not counting Sunday) preceding the 
day agreed upon for such Non-League or picked 
nine game, then the latter shall be declared oft 
so as to allow the League clubs to play the 
championship game on that day. 

2d. Such games shall be played under Urn 
playing rules of the League, with a League ball 
to be furnished by the L < Hub, and umpired 

by a Lciguc umpire, unl require, 

• moots Im; waived by th« -League Club. 

Sec. 7. A club shall be entitled to forfeit^ 
games — to count in it mea won by 

a score of nine runs to none — in eases wl 



- «™v, v» uuiu runs w none — in eases wnerc *•• 
umpire in any championship game shall avvar 
the game to such club on account of the 



by 

ie 
■d 



iin 1 -'' 

•id' 1 
i tl |,, 



, „ tv nuui UUi; Ull UCCOUIll III lilt' »» v ' 

Ut p iu »J ?: ting dab of any plajing '* u 

of this League. 

Sec. 8. Drawn, tie and postponed 
snail not count in the series in favor of 'i fl 
contestant, but may \, affici 

time 

w. 9 The club whirl, shall have won t 
greatest number^of .,, the champi 

"n^jtoiU be declared the champion club of W 
United States for the season in which such 
jw P^jed In the event that tw 
cubs shall have won tin imbcr of 

wen the dub which shall 1, -he small** 

nwabershaUbededawdth( 



OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 17 

The emblem of the championship shall be a 

% pennant (of the national colors), to cost not less 

' than one hundred dollars (8100). It shall be 

^inscribed with the motto, "Champion Base Ball 

^5ub of the United States," with the name of 

'*ne dub nnd the year in which the title was 

won; and the champion club shall be entitled to 

fly the pennant until the close of the ensuing 

season. 

Sec. 10. The championship shall be decided 
in the following manner, namely; 

Within twenty-fbur hours after every match 

game played for the championship, the home 

club shall prepare and forward to the Secretary 

of the League, a statement containing the full 

score of the game, according to the system 

specified in the " Playing Rules," the date, place 

I where played, and the names of the clubs and 

umpire; Provided, That no tie or drawn game 

shall be considered " a game" for any purpose, 

I nor shall the score thereof be forwarded to the 

I Secretary. 

At the close of the season, the Secretary shall 
prepare a tabular statement of the games won 
and lost by each club, according to the state- 
ments so sent him ( which statements shall be 
the sole evidence in the matter), and submit the 
same, with the statements so sent him, to the 
Board, who shall make the award in writing, 
and report the same to the League at its annual 
meeting. In making the award the Board shall 
consider : 

1st. The tabular statement of tho Secretary. 
2d. Forfeited games. 

■ Jd. Games participated in by clubs which 

I have withdrawn, disbanded or forfeited their 

membership without completing their champion- 

ship series with all other League clubs; such 

panics shall be counted to the following extent, 



18 



CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

namely: The Board shall ascertain the 1< 
number of championship games played by sucb a 
club with any club remaining in the League, and e 
shall, from the first ga ieipated in dm 

the championship }, v such retired club," 

count in the series of each League club 
number of games, and all other games par- 
ticipated in by such retired club shall not be l 
counted in the championship series: Provided ' 
ibat if such retired club shall have failed to J 
Play at least one championship game with every 1 
League club, all games participated in by it shall < 
be thrown out entirely, 

ARTICLE XIII. 

THE LEAGUE ALLIANCE. 

Section 1. Clubs whose organization and 
conduct are not inconsistent with the ol 
™* I in Article II* of W 

institution, and who are also eligible under the 
provisions of this Article, and who shall have] 
tiled with the Secretary of the ! n agree- 

ment duly executed in the following furrn, shall 
be recognized as constituting "the Leagu* 
Alliance." 

FORM OF "LEAQUE ALLIANCE" AOREEMEN* 

U u Hereby Agreed by the Pariu , * 

JoUo%o$; 

1st. No club that i, B party hereto shafl 
employ or play in its nine any player to who* 
services any other club that is a party here* 
«*| be entitled by oonf 

2d. Any player ui ract with any clu* 1 

«» M a party hereto, who shall, without tW ' 
J™ 

JJ j° Perform bii contract, or who shall * 
] l" V( ' h B*%of disr conAun, shall l " 

« once e X p,]I,d } 



OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



10 



jt 3d. No club that is a party hereto shall play 
I, any frame of ball with any base ball club what- 
ever that shall employ or present in its nine any 
^ player that shall have been expelled from any 
^Hb that is a party hereto for breach of contract 
r -i disreputable conduct. 

J 4th. Each club that is a party hereto shall, 

3 upon making a contract with a player, immedu 

t -atefy notify the Secretary of the National 

League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, each 

■ notice to be in writing, signed by the contracting 

club and the player, ami in the absence of such 

notice to such officer, any player shall be deemed 

I to be free from contract obligation. 
5th. Each club that is a party hereto shall, 
upon expelling a player from membership, or 
releasing him from contract, notify the Secretary 

' of the National League of Professional Base Ball 
<Mubs, and in the absence of sueh notice to such 
oiheer, such player shall be deemed to be 
member in good standing of the club whose 
notice of contract with such player had prev- 
iously been transmitted to such officer, until the 
expiration of the term of such contract. 
* 6th. The notices provided for in the two last 
preceding stipulations are required to be sent to 
the Secretary of the League, upon the under- 
standing that sueh officer will, immediately upon 
their receipt, communicate the same to all 
league clubs, as well as to all clubs that aro 

' parties to this agreement ; and in the event of a 
failure or. refusal of such officer to perform such 

, service, or his discontinuance thereof, then the 
parties hereto shall devise other means for 

' performance of such service. 

7th. All games played by the clubs that are 
parties hereto shall be played in accordance with 
the playing roles of the National League. 



20 



CONSTITUTION OP THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

k th Y AI1 dis puteH that may arise between the 
clubs that are parties hereto may be submitted 
to the Board of Directors of the Nationa 
league for adjudication, in the manner pro- 
vided for by Sec. IV, Art. XIII, of its Consti- 
tution, and the finding of such tribunal shall be I 
her t bmding U P on the clul)S that are P alli< 

9th. This agreement shall go into effect and 
De binding upon each club upon the date of it 
signature by such club. 

10th. Eacb elui that is a party hereto sha^ 
retain a copy of this agreement, and the 
nal shal be deposited with the Secretary of the 
National League. 

In Witness Whereof, The clubs that i, 
parties hereto have, by their duly autl. 
representative, signed tin 
nates entered opposite their n spectre aignata*« 

18 

The Secretary of the -National League (A 
Professional Base Ball CM Sith^ 

"ed to attach the - :„ ;ir im 

°^ r !|gnature, to tl 1 written 

01 tne 8aid text, now in hi ft* ffl 

purpose of making 

"X c!l °ngina] at, binding oui 

all fithr>i* ,.l..l ... .• i 



1 other clubs parties thereto. 
Bj 



18 



. AJUanoe Club 

first day rf M 



w "* MVOCUU /111] 

Ji^''; | Of the [, ;i ,.u.-.,. ll ',.rb-C" f0 . 

* u dolL: reload** 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



21 



printing and other expenses, and any such club 
failing to pay said sum by such time shall 
thereby forfeit all the benefits of this Article, 
and the Secretary shall at once notify all League 
and League Alliance Clubs of such forfeiture. 
** Sec. 3. The Secretary shall issue to all 
League and League Alliance Clubs, the notices 
provided for in the sixth clause of the League 
Alliance Agreement, and shall perform such 
other duties as may devolve upon him in furth- 
erence of the provisions of said agreement. 

BE0.4. The Board shall, if thereunto re- 
uested by League Alliance Clubs, adjudicate 
disputes in the manner provided in Article VIII 
so ar as the provisions of that Article may be 
applicable thereto: Funded, that all commu- 
nications must be addressed to the Secretary of 
f the League. 

Sec. 5. No League Club shall employ ro 
play in its nine any player to whose services any 
League Alliance Club is entitled by contract 
evidenced by written notice to the Secretary, 
signed by the contracting dub and the player. 

Sec. (5. The League shall, at its annual 
meeting, receive and consider any comnnn, 
fcon In,,,, a club or clubs of the League Alliance 
ll? 7^ (;ti ^ ! such club or 

SSi'l,,:;:;;: l*"* 1 »«•«- 

plWV'n'""; S "" , ' r .V shall r. iv, :„„! 

Cwcn * . "' : '"- V V* 

If •'''"' *• certified 

and „ , , " ' .": , """ , "-' r of raw made bj each, 

of \l " r " ! """'■ I ■■■""••••' "•■■"' 

tab, i, • 7 ' ^ ■ A«l] p 






him which 






22 






/ 



\ 



-/ 



CONSTtTUTION ,„, TIIK NAT|1IXAL ^ , 

8 8 IwV hC S ° ,,: Cvidencc in thc ■»««') and I 
subnut he same, with thc statements so sent " 
jn , to the Board, who 8 | la ll award the League ' 

£"*'T OWwwwhip to the dub which shall ,. 
nave w ()I1 , h „,,..,„.,, ^^ rf ^ . 

iwT d8Wr,na,Wthea « ; ' rd »'«riti, 
report th e same to the League at i.a annual 

J tl 8 n n 3 ' h and , ,h '\!"- ■"- shall, thereupon, pre- 

8eo. 8. No club that has forfeited its mem- 

Dcrsh.p ln the League, or thai is connected with 
™y or„ a oj . ^ ^ ^ ^ 

anv ^ KUC ' ' : n"' : - '"' " 
Al i- n y "!' 'n 1 ;"" 11 ' 1 l ' n "" the k»gu c or League 
AUwnce shall be entitled to tl 
■ Article, and the Secretary shall notify all League - 

Site! A " 

t "" 1 «f any ptoyUaoo of 

AUTH.'LK XIV. 
HKLD 1:1 i.i 

thefi7'' 1 " ,,i :' ,l,i ^ '' " ! be hound by 

flowing n,. M |; . : |iav(! th } c 

betti, " "; l ""'- V: N " duh »»'»» ■»«>* open 

^Malfbe^n' '"; """" 

field,,,,. , allowcd "I-" ■'"•■ the 

■ Of the gameJn addition 
I the umpire/except the 

: the 



tw f)( ],r 



11 






Th 



lYM 






V«w in uniform 



wtfUrflPS 



lONAo BASE-BALL CLUBS. 23 

? n y person hissing or hooting at, or offering any 
insult or indignity to him, must be promptly 
ejected from thegroum " v; 

Every club shall furnish sufficient police force 
**pon its own grounds to preserve order, and in 
■fee event of a crowd entering the field during 
the progress of b and interfering with 

the play i n anv nirin ner, the visiting club may 
refuse to play further until the field be cleared ; 
a nd if the ground be not cleared within fifteen 
Minutes thereafter, the visiting dub may claim, 
and shall be entitled, to the game by a score of 
nine runs to none (no matter what number of 
innings have been played). 

ARTICLE XV. 

AMENDMENTS. 

This Constitution may be altered or amended 
by a two-thirds vote of the League at any 
annual meeting. 



24 PLAYING RULES OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 






PLATING EXILES 

OF THE 

NATIONAL LEAGUE 



The Ball. 



Furnishing 
the Bali. 



A Legal 
Ball. 



Changing 

thn Hall. 



PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 

1878. 



RULE 1.— THE MATERIALS OF THE 
GAME. 

Section 1. The ball must weigh not less 
than five nor more than five and one-quan. r 
ounces avoirdupois. It must measure not less 
than nine nor more than nine and one-quarter 
inches in circumference. It must be composed 
of woolen yarn, and shall not contain more than 
one ounce of vulcanized rubber in mould form, 
and shall be covered with leather, and to be 
furnished by the Secretary of the League. 

Sec. 2. In all games, the ball or balls played 
with shall be furnished by the home club, and 
shall become the property of the winuing club. 

Sec. 3. No ball shall be played with in any 
championship game unless it is furnished by 
the Secretary of the League. 

Sec. 4. When the ball becomes out of 
shape, or cut or ripped so as to expose the yarn, 
or in any way so injured so as to be unfit for 
fair use, a new ball shall be called for by the 
umpire at the end of an even innings, at the 
request of either captain. Should the ball be 
lost during the game, the umpire shall, at tin* 
expiration of five minutes, call for a new ball 






OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



25 



::;■' 

in I 



Sec. 5. The bat must be round, and must b**- S 
got exceed two and one-half inches in diameter 

the thickest part. It must be made wholly 

wood, and shall not exceed forty-two inches 
n length. 

Sec. 6. The bases must be four in number, Baad. 
and they must be placed and securely fastened 
upon each corner of a square the sides of which 

Be respectively thirty yards. The bases must 
i so constructed and placed as to be distinctly 
en by the umpire. The first, second and third 
must cover a space equal to fifteen inches 
square, and the home base one square foot of 
surface. The first, second and third bases shall 
be canvas bags, painted white and filled with some 
soft material. The home base shall be of white 
marble or stone, so fixed in the ground as to be 
o even with the surface, and wholly within the 
.iinmd. One corner of said base shall face the 
pitcher's position, and two sides shall form part 
of the foul lines. 

. 7. The base from which the ball is toft 
roek shall be designated the home base, and thti 1JllMt - 

directly opposite the second base. The 

ret bate must always be that upon the right 

apd, and the third base that upon the left 

tod hide of the striker when occupying his 

gttion at the home base. In all match games, 

\\v ting the home and first bases, and 

the home and third bases, and also the lines of 

the striker's and pitcher's positions, shall be 

rked by the use of chalk or other suitable 

» material, so as to be distinctly seen by the um- 
i line of the home base shall extend 
t each side of the base, and shall be 
drawn through its center and parallel with a line 
•tiding from first to third base. The foul 
lines from first and third bases to home base shall 
continued as straight lines to the limits of 



26 



PLAYING RULES OP THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



Tb« Inning. 



Portion of 
('layers. 



Substitutes. 



Fire Innings 
necessary. 



Hi awn 

OtflMI, 



i 



the field beyond and back of said home base. 
The triangular space thus laid off behind the 
home base shall be for the exclusive use of the 
catcher, umpire and batsman, and no player of 
the side at bat (except the batsman) shall be 
permitted to occupy any portion of such triangu- i 
lar space. Two lines marked in the same way as 
the foul lines, and parallel with said foul lines, 
shall be drawn, one fifteen feet and the other 
fifty feet distant from them, and terminating at 
the lines bounding the triangular space aforesaid. 

RULE II.— -THE GAME 

Section 1. The game shall consist of nine 
innings to each side, but should the score then 
be a tie, play shall be continued until a ma- 
jority of runs for one side, upon an equal num- 
ber of innings, shall be declared, when the ga* 
shall end. All innings shall be concluded wl 
the third hand is put out. 

Sec. 2. The choice of first innings shall be 
determined by the two captains. 

The fielders of each club shall take any posi- 
tion in the field their captain may assign them, 
with the exception of the pitcher, who must 
deliver the ball from his appointed position. 

Sec. 3. No player taking part in a game 
shall be replaced by another after the commence- 
ment of the second inning, except for reason of 
illness or injury. 

Sec. 4. No game shall be considered as 
played unless five innings on each side shall be 
completed. Should darkness or rain intervene 
before the third hand is put out in the closing 
part of the fifth innings of the game, the um- 
pire shall declare " No game." 

Sec. 5. Whenever a game of five or more 
innings is stopped by rain or darkness, and the 
score at the time is equal on the even innings 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 27 

Played, the game shall be declared drawn, but 
wider no other circumstances, shall a drawn 
game be declared. 

Sec. 6. Should rain commence to fall durin" 1Uin - 
the progress of a match game, the umpire murt 
note the time it began and should it continue 
for five minutes, he shall, at the request of 
either captain, suspend play. Should the rain 
continue to fall for thirt/ minutes, after Jg 
has been suspended the game shall terminate 7 

sec. 7. When the umpire calls "play " the o»"i»k naj 
game must at once be proceeded with Should aud Time ' 

nthe game or to commence play as requested, 
the umpire shall, at the expiration of five mfc! 
utes, declare the game forfeited by the nine 
that refuses to play. When the umpire calls 

time, play shall be suspended until he call 
j play again, and during the interim no player 
shall be put out, base be run or run be scored 
1 he umpire shall suspend play only for an acci- 
dent or injury to himself or a player, or on 
account of rain. 

Sec. 8. The umpire in any match game 8n^„d! n « 
shall, in case of ram or darkness determine when 1M * V " 
play shall be suspended, and, if the game cannot 
be fairly concluded, it shall be decided by the 
score of the last equal innings played, unless one 
nine shall have completed their innings, and the 
other nine shall have equaled or exceeded the 
score of their opponents in their incompleted 
innings, in which case the game shall be decided 
by the total score obtained, which score shall be 
recorded as the score of the game. 

Sec. 9. When the umpire calls "game," it Ending 
shall end, but when he merely suspends play for Game ' 
any stated period, it may be resumed at the • 
point at which it was suspended ; provided such 
suspension does not extend beyond the day of 
the match. 



28 PLAYING RULES OP THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



ThePitdit f* 
position. 




Delivering 
the Bull. 



A foul 
delivery. 



Foul balk. 



Balking, 



RULE III.— PITCHING. 

Sec. 1. The pitcher's position shall be with- 
in a space of ground six feet square, the front 
line of which shall be distant forty-five i 
from the center of the home base, and the 
center of the square shall be equidistant from 
the first and the third bases. Bach corner of the 
square shall be marked by a flat iron plate or 
stone six inches square fixed in the ground even 
with the surface. 

Sec. 2. The player who delivers the ball to 
the bat must do so while wholly within the lit 
of pitcher's position, II" must remain within 
them until the ball has lefl bis hand, and he 
shall not make any motion to deliver the ball to 
the bat while any part of his person is outside 
the lines of the pitcher's position. The ball 
must be delivered to the bat with the arm swii 
ing nearly perpendicular at the side of th 
and the hand in swinging forward must pass 
below the waist. 

Sec. 3. Should the pitcher deliver the ball 
by an overhand throw, a u foul balk" shall 
declared. Any outward swing of the arm, or 
any other swing save that of the perpendicular 
movement referred to in Section 2 of this rule, 
shall be c hand throw. 

Sec, 4. When a "foul balk" is called, the 
umpire shall warn the pitcher of the penalty 
incurred by such unfair delivery, and should 
such deliver. aued until tkrr. foulbalki 

have been called in one inning, the umpire hhall 
declare the game forfeil 

i. 5. Should the pitcher make any m 
to deliver the ball to the bat and d< - 

liver it— except the ball be aoetdeatly dropped 
— or should he nnnrmrmnilji delay the game by 

not delivering the ball to the bat, or should he, 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



29 



Good Bill Is. 



when in the act of delivering the ball, have any 
part of his person outside the lines of his posi- 
tion, the umpire shall call a u balk," and players 
occupying the bases shall take one base each. 

Sec. G. Every ball fairly delivered and sent 
in to the bat over the home base and at the 
height called for by the batsman shall be con- 
sidered a good ball. 

Sec. 7. All balls delivered to the bat which Called b* 11 *- 
arc not sent in over the home base and at the 
height called fur by the batsman shall be con- 
sidered unfair balls, and every thirl ball so "*J 
delivered must be called. When "iime balls " V 
have been called, the striker shall take first base, 
and all players who are thereby forced to leave a 
base shall take one base. Neither a "ball" nor 
a "strike" shall be called until the ball has 
passed the home base. 

Sec. 8. All balls delivered to the bat which DeadBaiii. 
shall touch the striker's bat without being struck 
at, or his (the batsman's) person while standing 
in his position, or which shall hit the person of 
the umpire — unless they be passed balls, shall 
be considered dead balls, and shall be so called 
by the umpire, and no players shall be put out, 
base be run, or run be scored on any such ball ; 
but if a dead ball be also an unfair ball, it shall 
be counted as one of the nine unfair balls which 
shall entitle the striker to a base. 



RULE IV.— BATTING DEPARTMENT. 

Section 1. The batsman's or striker's posi- 
tion shall be within a space of ground located 
<. on either side of the home base, six feet long by 
three feet wide, extending three feet in front of 
and three feet behind the line of the home base, 
and with its nearest line distant one foot from 
the home base. 



The 

Bat* man 'i 
position. 



30 



Tlu> order 
of strikin 









Failure 
tO take 

position 



Refusing to 

•strike. 



Specifying 



Hal la to 
Uto Lat. 



Calling 

Strike?. 



PLAYING RULES OF TIIE NATIONAL LEAGUE 

Sec, 2. The batsmen must take their posi- 
^tions in the order in which they are directed by 
\ , e Ca I>tain of thuir club, and after each player : 
nas had one time at bat, the strikin- order thus 
established shall not be changed during the 
game. After the first inning, the first striker 
m each inning shall he the batsman whose name* 
follows that of the fUiffUnmiNOTtfn the pro- 
ceeding inning. 

Sec. 3. Any batsman failing to take his 
position at the bat in his order of strikin-— 
unless by reason of illness or injury, or bv 

TVf th , C ea f }tains of ' t] »e contesting nines— 
snail be declared out, onlesa the error be dis- 
covered before a fair ball bis been struck, or tin- 
striker put out 

Sbo, 4. Any batsman failing to take his 
position at the bat within one minute after the 
umpire has called for the striker shall be dec 
out. j 

: >. The batsman on taking his position! 

must call for either a "high baU f " a "low boM" 

batt," and the umpire shall notifv the 

pitcher to deliver the ball as required; such caj 

h ™ ,! not '" rthe find ball delivered 

• 6. A "high baW 1 B hal] be one sent in 
aDove the belt of th. batsman, hut not hi 
wan his shoulder. A ■■/,.,,- boB" shall be 
wnt in at the bight of the b D thai 

night and the knee, hut not higher than hifl 
a jaw i, ,(i ,] 1;i n \, t . one i)(t , V(tn the range of 

ler high and thekn 
we above must be overthe borne base, and when 
Sj^ lver ^ sha11 h ' ir balls to j 

<• Should th, bai -man fail to strike** ] 

,:, ol .^^i: • and 

7 °, hlt ft W, the nrnpire shall call 

*** "* "*»> •<«*"," should h, again fail. 






OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS, 31 

When two strikes have been called, should the 
batsman not strike at the next good ball the um- 
pire shall warn him by calling " good ball" but 
should he strike at and fail to hit the ball or 
should he fail to strike at or to hit the next good 
ball u tkree strikes" must be called, and the bats- 
man must run towards the first base as in case 
of hitting a fair ball. 

Seo. 8. The batsman, when in the act of A fair 
striking at the ball, must stand wholly within the Strik "' 
lines of his position. 

Seo. ii. Should the batsman step outside A f"" 1 
the lines of his position and strike the ball, tint SUik "- 
umpire shall call "foul strike and out," and 
base-runners shall return t«, the bases they occu- 
pied when the ball was hit. 

Sec. 10. The foul lines shall be unlimited in H*fi»l 
length, and shall run from the right and left lm "' 
hand corners of the home base through the cen- 
ter of the first and third bases to the foul posts, 
which shall be located at the boundary of the 
field and within the range of home and first 
base, and home and third base. Said lines shall 
be marked and on tin: inside, from base to ba 
with chalk, «>r some oilier white substance, BO 
to be plainly seen by the umpire. 

Sec. 11. If the ball from a fair stroke of AftJrhit 
the bat first touches the ground, the person of a UllL 
player, or any other object, cither in front of, or 
on the foul ball lines, or the first or third base, 
it shall be considered fair. 

If the ball from a lair stroke of the bat first A font Hi 
touches the ground, the person of a player, or l " lU 
any other object, behind the foul hall lines it 
shall be declared foul, and the hall so hit shall 
be called foul by the umpire e\ ^ 

ing the ground, if it be seen felling foul, 

Th. ; following an; exceptions to the (bra 
section : All balls batted directly to the ground 



32 PLAYING BULES OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



WUen bate- 
in <:u become 
Wise runners. 



IIow bate- 
men are 

put out. 

Ou tbe fly. 



On the bound 



At flint baae. 



Ob three 

rtrikwj. 



TonrhitiK 
th» Xmsm. 



that bound or roll within the foul lines between 
home and first or home and third bases, without 
first touching the person of a player, shall be 
considered fair. All balls batted directly to tin- 
ground that bound or roll outside the foul lines* 
between home and firnt or home and third bases, 
without first touching the person of a player, 
shall be considered foul. In either of the 
cases the first point of contact between the 
batted ball and the ground shall not be regarded 
Sec. 12, When the batsman has fairly 
struck a fair ball, he shall vacate his position, 
and he shall then be considered a basc-runne" 
until he is put out or scores his run. 

Sec. 13. The batsman shall be declared out 
by the umpire as follows : 

If a fair or foul ball be caught before Uracil* 
ing the ground, or any object other than the 
player, provided it be not caught in a play 
hat or cap. 

If a foul ball be similarly held, < 
AirRrTJwnRmrtm^. 
u a fair ball be securely held by a I 
while touching first base with any pari 
person before the base runner louche 

If after three strikes have b- lj M 

fails to touch first base before the ball is legally 
held there. 

If after three strikes hare been called, Uf 
ball be caught before touching the ground 
*A*f fcmlrtag the -round but unre. 

If he plain!;. to hind, r the ' at ^ V 

from eaidunc the ball, eridentlj without u" 01 ^ 
to make a fair htn . ikes a "foul strike. 

BULB VT— "RUNNING THE BA 

1. Playen miming bases & v 
touch each base in regular ■ '• . 

second, third and home biseaj and when ubug 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



33 



to return to bases they have occupied they must 
retouch them in reverse order, both when run- 
ning on fair or foul balls. In the latter case the 
base-runner must return to the base where lie 
belongs on the run and not at a walk. No base 
shall be considered as having been occupied or 
held until it has been touched. 

Sec. 2. No player running the bases shall 
be forced to vacate the base he occupies unless 
the batsman becomes a base-runner. Should 
the first base be occupied by a base-runner when 
a fair ball is struck, the buse-runner shall cease 
to be entitled to hold said base until the player 
running to first base shall be put out. The same 
rule shall apply in the case of the occupancy of 
the other bases under similar circumstances. 
No base-runner shall be forced to vacate the base 
. he occupies if the base- runner succeeding him 
, is not thus obliged to vacate his base. 

Sec. 3. Players forced to vacate their bases 
may be put out by any fielders in the same 
manner as when running to first base. 

Sec. 4. The player running to first base shall 
bo^ at liberty to overrun said base without his 
put out for being off the base after first 
touching it, provided that in so overrunning the 
base he make no attempt to run to second 
In such case he must return atonoe and retouch 
first base, and after retouching said base he can 
be put out as at any other base. If in so over- 
running first base, he also attempts to run to 
second base, he shall forfeit such exemption from 
being put out. 

Sec. F). Any player running a base who 
shall run beyond three feet from the line from 
base to base in order to avoid being touched by 
the ball in the hands of a fielder shall be de- 
clared out by the umpire, with or without 
appeal, but in case a fielder be occupying the 



Forced off 
a base. 



How put out 
when J 



Overrun n iiiR 
first luiao. 



Running out 
of the Una of 

l.flS-'H. 



When a run 
is scored, 



Taking bttffea 
on nalkfl. 



Taking base* 

on called 

DtUi, 



34 PLAYING RULES OP THE NATIONAL LEACH 

runner's proper path attempting to field a batted 
ball, then the runner shall run out of the path 
and behind said fielder, and shall not be deokred 
out for so doing, t 

Sec. <5. One run shall be scored every time 
a base-runner, after having regularly touched 
the first three bases, shall touch the hom 
before three hands are out. If the third hand 
out is forced out or is put out btfon 
first base, a run shall not be BOOred. 

Sec. 7. Whw. b -balk" is called by thd 
umpire, every player running the bases shall 
take one base without being pul out, and shall 
do so on the run. 

Sec. B. When three " balls 1 ' have bed 
called by the umpire, the batsman shall tab 

he do SO DO the run. without 
being put out, and should any base-runner hd 
fore* i thereby t«» vacate bii -hall 

one base. Kadi base-runner thn 
base shall be ut liberty to run based 

hren, but only at the risk of 
being put i running. 

• '■ A base-runner shall be consid 
[ding a | 
until he shall alarlj touched the 

bl order. 

10. No base shall he run or run bi 
SCOred when a fair or fool ball has be 

or momentarily 

base h.-ld when the ball was bil W 

retouhed I . r the ball ha* 

eld by tl 

* 11. Nm run or base can be made 

fl ball th 

running bases shall 

• the bs i wh.n the ba 
htrut ' ! ; h bur- until the ball i. 
held bj 



Hol.lins 



Running 

OB fair 

in«l foul fly 



uingUi 



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35 



Substitute 
id running 
basee. 



Sec. 12 Any player running the bases on 
fair or foul balls caught before touching the 
ground must return to the base he accupied 
when the ball was struck, and retouch such bajse-^ 
before attempting to make another ^or score a 
run, and said player shall be liable to be pnt out 
in so returning, as in the case of running to first 
base when a fair ball is hit and and not caught 
flying. 

Sec. 13. If the player running the bases is obstructing 
prevented from makeing a base by the obstruc- l)asorunnerB 
tion of an adversary, he shall be entitled to that 
base and shall not be put out. 

Sec. 14. No player shall be allowed a sub- 
stitute in running the bases except for illness or 
injury incurred in the game then being played, 
and such substitute shall take the ill or injured 
players place only after the latter has reached 
first base. The opposing captain shall select the 
man to run as substitute. 

Sec. 15. Any player running the bases shall How base 
be declared out if, at any time, while the ball p^out ar ° 
is in play, he be touched by the ball in the hand 
of a fielder, without some part of his person is 
touching the base. The ball must be held by 
the fielder after touching the runner. 

If a ball be held by a fielder on the first base Preference 
before the base runner, after hitting a fair ball, grotothc 
touches that base, he shall be declared out. 

Any base-runner failing to touch the base he Failure to 
runs for shall be declared out if the ball bo held tow*****, 
by a fielder, while touching said base, before the 
base-runner returns and touches it. 

Any base-runner who shall in any way inter- 
.vith or obstruct a fielder while attempting 
to catch a fair fly ball, or a foul ball, shall be 
declared out. If he willfully obstructs a fielder 
from fielding a ball, he shall be declared out, 
and, if aVbatted ball strike him, he shall be 
declared ou^f^^ 



lr&s\J— 



Obstructing 
a fleluVr. 



36 PLAYINO RULES OF THE NATIONAL LK 



If a base-runner, in running from home to 
first base, shall run inside the foul line, or more 
than three feet outside of it, he shall be declared 
out. 

RULE VI.— THE UMPIRE AND HIS 
DUTIES. 

Section 1. Two clubs may, by mutual agree- 
ment, select any man to umpire any game <>r 
games provided that Huch agreement be in writ- 
ing, and the man so selected agrees not less than 
five days before such first of such 

games, to act as such umpire. 

Sec. 2. A staff of League umpires shall be 
selected in the following manner: Prior to April 
1st, of each year, each club shall send to the 
Secretary the names of any persons of good 
ate and as 

umpires. A list of all | o Dominated 

shall be prep&red by the Secretary and submitted 
to each club, which dial] then 
a number equal to three timet tin* Dumber of 
clubs then in tie .it a 

list thereof to the S« md the required 

number havir. atest number of appIW 

.shall oonatitat 

The board shall fill an; used by- 
declination, and shall appoint an umpire to 
rq- to in w i , • 

hy thre< !. cluw after the oommi 

or the championship m 

In the kgreemenl 

provided for in E thii An 

!, Dot lea than tin 
anpionahi] 
home club the nam« impircs, 

oone of w! 
iting club. T 



OF PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 



37 



five ho named upon the grounds in season for the 

Sec. 4. In ease the visiting club shall have 
failed to furnish the five names as provided in 
Sec. 3, the home club shall select an umpire for 
such game, and in case the visiting club shall 
have furnished five names, as provided in Sec- 
tion 3, and the home club fails to produce one 
of the umpires so named, within fifteen minutes 
before the hour appointed for the game, the visit- 
ing club shall select the umpire. 

Sec. 5. The fee and expenses of the umpire 
of any championship game shall be paid by the 
visiting club. 

Sec. 6. The umpire shall not be changed 
during the progress of a match game, except for 
reason of illness or injury, or by the consent of 
the captains of the two contesting nines, in case 
he shall have willfully violated the rules of the 
game. 

Sec. 7. Before the commencement of a 
match, the umpire shall see that the rules 
governing the materials of the game, and also 
those applicable to the positions of batsmen and 
pitcher^ are strictly obierved. Also that the 
fentje in the rear of the catcher's position is 
distant not less than ninety feet from the home 
base, except it mark the boundary line of the 
field, in which case the umpire, for every ball 
passing the catcher and touching the fence, shall 
give each base-runner one base without his being 
put out. 

Before calling "play," the umpire shall ask BpecW 
the captain of the home club whether there are u^llZ^ 
any special ground rules to be enforced, and if 
there are, he shall see that they are duly en- 
forced, provided they do not conflict with any 
rules of the game. 



Changing 



imtiHH.; 



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PLAYING RULES OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



Reversing 

Decision*. 



Decisions on 

Catches. 



Interfering 
with the 
Umpire. 



Interfering 
withplayoru, 



Dead liaik. 



Sec. 8. No decision rendered by the umpire 
on any point of play in base-running shall be 
reversed upon the testimony of any of the 
players. 

Sec. 9. Should the umpire be unable to 
whether a catch has been fairly made or not, h 
shall be at liberty to appeal to the bystandei 
and to render his decision according to the fair- 
est testimony at command. 

Sec. 10. No person, not engaged in the 
game shall be permitted to occupy any position 
within the lines of the field of contest, or in 
any way interrupt the umpire during the prog 
ress of the game. No player except the c 
or player especially designated by him sh 
address the umpire concerning any point of pla; 
in dispute, and any violation of this rule sh; ' 
subject the offender to an immediate repriinai 
by the umpire. 

Sec. 11. The umpire shall require the play- 
ers on the batting side who are not at the bai 
running the bases, to keep at a distance of n 
less than* fifty feet from the line of home ar 
first base and home and third base, or further oi 
if he so decide. The captain and on 
only shall be permitted to couch players runni 
the bases, and they must not approach VitT 
fifteen feet of the foul lines. (See also Rule 
Section 7.) 

Sec. 12. Should any fielder stop or 
the ball with his hat, or an 
the umpire shall call "dead ball," and th 
runners shall each be entitled to tw 
any fair hit ball BO r Shoufl 

the ball be stopped by any person ool enzpffi 
in the game, the umpire must call u dead W! 
and players running bases at the time shall 
entitled to th. fur, »j 

the ball be r- rjead until settled in * 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 39 

hands of the pitcher while standing within the 
lines of his position. 

Sec. 13. Any match game in which the Violation 
umpire shall declare any section of this code of 
rules to have been willfully violated, shall at once 
*be declared by him to have been forfeited by 
the club at fault. 

Sec. 14. No manager, captain or player 
shall address the audience, except in case of 
necessary explanation. 



RULE VII.— THE UMPIRE'S JURISDICTION AND 
POWERS. 

The gentleman selected to fill the position of umpire 
must keep constantly in mind the fact that upon his 
^isound discretion and promptness in conducting the game, 
and compelling players to observe the spirit as well as the 
letter of the rules, largely depends the merit of the game 
as an exhibition, and the satisfaction of spectators 
therewith. lie must make his decisions distinct and 
clear, remembering that every spectator is ^anxious to 
hear each decision. He must keep the contesting nines 
playing constantly from the commencement of the game 
to its termination, allowing such delays only as are 
rendered unavoidable by accident, injury or rain. He 
must, until the completion of the game, require the 
players of each side to promptly take their positions in 
the field as soon as the third hand is put out, and must 
require the first striker of the opposite side to be in his 
position at the bat as soon as the fielders are in their 
places. 

The players of the side "at bat" occupy the portion 
of the field allotted them, subject to the condition that 
they must speedily vacate any portion thereof that may 
be in the way of the ball, or any fielder attempting 
to catch or field it. The triangular space behind the 



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PLAYING RULES OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE 



N 



* home base is reserved for the exclusive use of the 
umpire, catcher and batsman, and the umpire must pro- 
hibit any player of the side "at bat" from crossing the 
same at any time while the ball is in the hands of 
or passing between the pitcher or catcher while standing 
in their positions. 

?**The umpire is master of the field from the commence- 
ment to the termination of the game, and must compel 
the players to observe the provisions of this Article and 
of all other Articles of the Playing Rules, and he is 
hereby invested with authority to order any player to 
do or omit to do any act necessary to give force and 
effect to any and all of such provisions, and power to 
inflict upon^any player disobeying any such order a fine 
of not less than^ten or more than twenty dollars for 
each offence, and to impose a similar fine upon any player 
who shall use abusive, threatening or improper language 
to the umpire, audience or other player^ The umpire 
shall at once notify the captain of the offending player's 
side of the infliction of any fine herein provided for, and 
the club to which such player belongs shall, within ten 
days, transmit the amount of such fine to the Secretary 
of the League. 

. RULE VIII.— SCORING. 

In order to promote uniformity in scoring champion- 
ship games, the following instructions, suggestions and 
definitions are made for the benefit of scorers of League 
clubs, and they are required to make the scores men- 
tioned in Sec. 10, Art. XII, of the League constitution 
in accordance therewith. 



BATTING. 

Section 1. The first item in the tabulated score, after 
the player's name and position, shall be the number of 
times he has been at bat during the game. Any time or 
times where the player has been sent to base on called 
balls shall not be included in this column. 



OP PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL CLUBS. 41 

Seo. 2. In the second column should be set down 
the runs made by each player. 

Sec. 3. In the third column should be placed the first- 
base hits made by each player. A base-hit should be scored 
in the following cs 
^ When the bull from thej>at strikes the ground between 
the foul-lines and out of the reach of tin- fielders. 

When a hit is partially or wholly stopped by a fielder 
in motion, but such player cannot recover himself in time 
to handle the ball before the striker reaches first base. 

When the ball is hit so sharply to an infieldcr that he 
cannot handle it in time to put out a man. In case of 
doubt over this class of hits, score a base hit and exempt 
fielder from the charge of an error. 

When a ball is hit so slowly toward a fielder that he 
cannot reach it before the bai -m.-.n is 

Sec. 4. In the fourth column should be placed to 
the credit of each player the number of times be reaches 
first base during the game, whether upon hits, errors, 
v called balls or in any other way where he is not put out. 

FIELDING. 

Sec. 5. The number of opponents put out by i 
player shall be set down in the fifth column. Where a 
striker is given out by the umpire for B foul strike or 
because he struck out of his turn, the put out shall be 
scored to the catcher. 

Sec. 6. The number of times a player assists shall 
be set down in the sixth column. An assist should be 
given to each player who handles the ball in a run-out or 
other play of the kind. 

An assist should be given to the pitcher when a batsman 
fails to hit the ball on the third strike. 
( An assist should be given to the pitcher in each 
where the batsman is declared out for making a foul strike 
or striking out of turn. 

An assist should be given to a player who makes a 
play in time to put a runner out, even if the player who 



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42 PLAYING RULES OP THE NATIONAL LEACII.'E 

should complete the play fails, through no fault of the 
player assisting. 

And, generally, an assist should be given to each player 
who handles the ball from the time it leaves the bat until 
it reaches the player who makes the put-out, or it 
a thrown ball, to each player who throws or handles it 
cleanly, and in such way that a put out results, or would 
result if no error were made by the receiver. 

Sec. 7. An error should be fjiven for each inis-play, 
which allows the striker or baft -runner to make one or 
more bases, when perfect play would have insured his 
being put out. In scoring errors off batted balls see S 
of this Article. 

RULE IX. 

No section of these Rules shall be construed as conflict- 
ing with or affecting any article of the constitution. 



M E E T I N G 

or Tire 

DIRECTORS OF THE NATIONAL I.KAiiUE 



PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS, 

HELIj AT THK 

Kennard House, Clereland, Ohio, Tuesday, Dee. Uh, A. D. 1877. 



Present Messrs II,,,, ; , I:N ,„,, ,.„ . 

wl h< ? ; r " ta [ y Mll,mitt «" 1 tabular tatementa of gamoa 

^adoVted " Inut, " n ' th< ' i;,11 " wil ^ resolution 

of ,.,'"'"' oretarj has wbmiUed tw< tatementi 

I u in.' T/ r BLLouU, 

.;;;;; ofoi with eacb ..,:■. 

n V h - M \" ted In by the Cincinnati 

(ii ^;.<>i|'i tte same having been fully examined and cod Ldered; 

Jfaobed, l. Thai Cincinnati dub, baring (ailed to pay lie 

;, ll **•*. ;iIl, l baring then membership m 

."" constitution of the I. ,t entitled to have any 

K met participated in bj I in the championship sei 

— Che hiblc showing all championship gamee participated in 
D J I and Hartford Clubs 



44 

with each other is the table contemplated by the League Consti- 
tution, and shows the following to be the relative standing of the 
clubs, as the result of the season's play: First, Boston; second, 
Louisville; third, Hartford ; fourth, St. Louis ; fifth, Chicago. 

3. The Boston Club, having won the greatest number of games 
in the championship series, is hereby awarded the championship 
of the United States for the year 1877. 

The Secretary presented the case of Geo. W, Bechtel 
who asked for a reversal of his expulsion by the Louisville 
Club. On motion, his appeal for reinstatement was denied. 

In the case of Oscar Walker expelled from the Red 
Cap Base Ball Association, of St. Paul, Minn. On motion 
the following resolution was adopted : 

Whereas, The Secretary has submitted to this Board the 
following documents: 

1. A written notice, signed by the lied Cap Base Ball Associa- 
tion, of St. Paul, Minn., by Sam Gordon, Secreatry, and Oscar 
Walker, bearing date July 23, 1877, certifying that the " former 
has this day entered into contract with the latter.*' 

2. A telegram from the Secretary of the Red Cap Base Ball 
Association to the Secretary, dated August 1, 1877, stating that 
" Oscar Walker is expelled from our club for gross violation of 
contract." 

3. An affidavit bearing the signature of Oscar Walker, in 
the same handwriting as appears upon the notice first above 
specified, dated August 8, declaring that he had u never signed 
any contract to play ball with the lied Caps, of St. Paul," and 
that the only contract then in force, signed by him, was with 
the Manchester Base Ball Association, of Manchester, N. 11. 

4. A letter from Henry S. Clark, Manager of the said Man- 
chester Bane Ball Association, to the President of the League, dated 
August 24, 1877, claiming that said Walker had "never legally 
contracted" with the Red Cap Club; also, copies of telegrams 
showing an advance to Walker by the Red Cap Club, in consid- 
eration of securing his services ; and, 

Whereas, It also appears from a document in the possession 
of the Secretary, that the Red Cap Base Ball Association was, 
on July 23 and August 1, 1877, a party to what is known as the 
" League Alliance agreement " ; that the notice of contract herein 
specified is in full conformity with the provisions of the fourth 
clause of said agreement ; that the expusion (a notice of which is 
herein specified) is in full conformity with the provisions of 
the second clause of said agreement ; that the said agreement 
does not require a contract between a club party thereto and a 
player to be in writing, and that the notice provided for in the 



45 

secorvl clause of Mid np-orniont i violence of OOfl 

required thereby; tberefi 

Boohed (I), n^u n raUd contract existed between the 
JSatt BaU\AuociaUon and Owua Wai.kkk, .lulv 28, 1*77. 
rnat the action of the said I; itnll Aaaoeiation in 

expeiiiBj; said Walker is fuliv authorised by the pn 
^ me League Alliance agreement, and U approred by thin Board. 

The Secretary read a letter from Mr. Cn as. N. Snydkk, 
aiwotedto Mr. w. a. Hulbkw, requesting the League to 
compel the Louisville B. M. flub, of Lottfarille, Kv- topaj 
mm the balance of salary doe for ,. . him 

to the said Club during the seaaon o M s77. 

adopted N ° ffered *" '"" '"' whicl1 **" 



eontracl win, «';,!;.' . :u ":""" '■'■»■■ ■ hfa nnder hii 



.1 to 
eontracl with said rioi'", . : " , " 1 """ r«iainln| due bin ondei 
^^•onorWorVLSr, 

, t . (i Uub and Chah. N. ShtMB with ■ OOpj of -hi, , 
On motion, the following renoluti.,,, w:,s :,d„p„.l : 




■■■ii'i.-'.V 3" r ' ,"' * e J and Treasurer Wa* DEn- 

,;x l"iii„ K r,.„r „],'"' "" u "" " r ,hc /-'•'"•"/. io in 

A : n., ,,„,„/ *.Dma w.iu,.,.. 

or t!)e objects of thi« r UAn;H - fi,r r " n iiion 

^tatW is her,.* ' ' f,,rlh '" ArtW« <<• ' : 

Xf . I lodaffin 

Boar/LS, ! n " r otllCT ! *« 







40 



Wednesday, Dec. 5, A. D. 1877. 

Meeting called to order by the Chairman, at 10 o'clock 
a. in. 

On motion, the following resolution was adopted : 

Whereas, The clubs members of the League entered into an 
agreement in writing, in the month at July, 1877, with an organ- 
ization then formed in the city of Cincinnati, 0., chartered and 
known as the Cincinnati Bast Ball Association, the objects of 
which agreement were to secure to the League the carrying out 
of the League schedule in respect to the engagements of the Cin- 
cinnati Base Ball Club, an organization which had been a club 
member of the League, and had forfeited its membership, and to 
the said Cininnati Base Ball Association such rights and privileges 
of League membership as the said League Clubs could grant; and, 

Whereas, A condition of such agreement was that the subscrib- 
ing League clubs pledged themselves to rote for the admission 
of the said Cincinnati Bane Hull Association to full membership 
in the League at its next annual meeting, in the event of the 
faithful performance by said Association of its undertakings, as 
stipulated in said agreement; and, 

Whereas, The said OmemnaH Ban Ball Association has faith- 
fully performed its part of i rid eontr fore, 

Resolved, That, the said Cincinnati Bait Ba ' ttion la 
entitled to membership in the League, and this Board re 
mend its election to such membership. 

On motion, adjourned subject to the call of the Chair- 
man. 



Thursday, Dec. 6, A. D. 1877. 
Meeting called to order by the Chairman, at 10:40 a. in. 
The following resolution was adopted ; 

"'/, Thar the Hartford Ban Ball Club baa facated its 
membership in this League. 

No further business appearing, on motion adjoturnGd- 
(Signed) W. A HDLBEBT, 

Chairman. 
A. II. BODEN, ) , . 



• 



ANNUAL MEETING 



NATIONAL LEAGUE 

OF 

PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS. 

KtLO AT THK 

Kcnnnan! House, Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, Dec. 5th, A. D. 1877. 



The meeting was called to order by the President, at 12 
M. On motion the rules were suspended in order to 
admit of the election of the Cincinnati, Indianapolis 
an d MlLWAUKJCK Clubs, whose applications for member- 
8n ip hud been previously filed, and they were unanimously 
elected. 

The following named gentlemen presented their creden- 
tial* as the representatives of their respective Clubs: 

W. A. Hulhert and A. G. Mills, 

Representing (/>>' Chicago Hall Club. 

A. H. SoDENand Habbt Wright, 

Representing the Boston /»'. H. Assoc n. 

C, K. OHASEandC. W. Johnstone, 

itatht I j' >ui smile II. B. Ctub* 

J. M. W. Nepf, 

resenting the Cincinnati B. B. Ass'n. 

William P, RoG] 

Representing the Milwaukee B. B. Club, 
William K I'i itit, 

U.j.r, u »tin<j the InoHanapcUs B. B. Ass n. 
On motion, the reading of the minutes of the previous 
Actings was dispensed with. 



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on^S^^ ^ ° f "— ~ »*-* 

rec^dtf^^ ^ * ** *" *■ « - 

toTLVrJ^r neXfc rr eded to consider amendment* 
followa 7* ltUt ^ on ^ h ^,aa amended, were adopted, as 
loiiows. (bee Constitution.) 

toSri>r- dng p n f Xt procceded i0 consider amendment* 
onr 1 Jln P Kule ?. P^ing the consideration of which, 
on motion, adjourned to meet on the following day. 

.. Thursday, Dec. 6, A. D. 1877. 

Meeting called to order by the President at 11 a. m, 

ana resumed the consideration of amendments to the 

o ym J3 , ules > whlcll > :is amended, uv r , adopted, as follows: 
{bee Rules,) l 

On motion, adjourned to meet at 9 a. m. on the follow- 
ing day. 



Friday, Dec. 7, A. D. 1877. 

Meeting called to ordfr b [dent at 9 *. m. 

Un motion, thereporl of the Board of Directors in regard 
w we Hartford Club was j ted. 

Ine Secretary was instructed to procure the nee 
number of ball* for ti thi L 

\V \ iT ° f officera t '" in - ,M<: n '* xt business in ord.-r, Mr. 
Jj« A. BhlbSBS was unanimously re-el |( " , 

Ot tie 

"' motion of M r . (Jhask. Mr. N. BL Young wasre- 
Beeretiiy, and htt salary fixed at five hundred dol- 
lars per annum. 

Uiefollowing-nauicd L'entlcmcn w flMi " 

l ' lf ' 1 of Din ung year, dm 

j . M. W. KiFf, W,i p, B 

Hfj and A. II 

League Book waa 
left in the hand, of tfa ry. 



49 

It was moved and seconded that when we adjourn, we 
adjourn to meet at the time appointed fur the next annual 
tofcefcing, at such place as may be ordered by the League, 
unless this meeting be sooner re-convened by the President. 

( >n motion of Mr. Pettit, the following resolution was 
adopti ■>{ : 

Rcsolve.d f That the League appoint a committee of two upon 
^schedule for championship games; and thatfaaid committee shall, 
ji it be practicable, prepare audi a schedule thai clube can draw 
iota for precedence. If the commitl ter this plan imprac- 

Ueable, then the President shall call a League meeting for some 
date n ol biter than April 10th. 

Messrs. HuLBBBT and Nkff were constituted the com- 
mittee under the above resolution, 

->o further business appearing, on motion, adjourned. 
1 W. A. HULHKRT, President. 

N- K. Yur.Ni;, Secretary. 



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AGBEE.MKNT CON0BBNING BNGAGBMBfl 

OP I'LAVKlis. 

»n J!!ffl 8UbSClibin t g Cluls hcreb >' ■*»• that n ^cr they, nor 
£, S' m 7 ber ' 0r , ;,L " "'• "'' ,,,,ir »*•■*» o^""' 

mZi? r,r o r ner releascd r, " m • '* ; •' ■ pedJ 

meeting of the League. 

In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our names, 
A. D 1877 Cleveland ' 0hio - this 7th **3 "'• D ""ber! 

The Ohxoaoo Base Bale c um , 

The (toronmAT, Bab. B *£*•** 

TH.Lotn.vn.L.Bi 

rp n , .,„ ,, .wlmt. 

iHEMlLWAn.i:,; BAH BaixCi.1 I: 

1HE INDIANA!,,,., : 

Tiik Boston Babi Bau, Oli 

Thi I'novioKNv, Babi fa 

-, 



BPBCIAI (Li P. BULBfl FOB i . 

' ri "'" ; '-" luring the hall,.! 

8 ? 8ono i l». i.l.r.-.ti,,,, of 

o» a umf.,rin both ftbscribil 

■?*" !: :i > g lob rabaeribiii 

|f oontart again* i. . 

uwwof, oradmtttod to 



51 

Uk, 01 * ^ 8U <^H game or the hour appointed therefor, execpt- 
ljl 3 Payers of the contesting clubs, policemen in uni- 

fo^th and tCn ^ 10 ) 0thcr P ersons - W " r,irtll,r a^ee tnat > 
the V ; j; ur P 8es of this agreement, it shall be sufficient for 
hot Vl " ltln - ^vh Ul present ita nine upon the ground* at the 
.i" llr a PPointed 3 and prepared to play the game in the 
rain. 

det " ■ I " Unl " T " r P 6 " 011 * admitted to the grounds shall be 

ennih.-i by the u <<,rt he necessary number of self-rcgis- 

" tarnsklea, the keji of which shall be delivered to the 

"J the visiting club before the opening of thegrounds 

hav^ \ " Unf aml 8Uch a 8 ent of tnc visiting club shall 

HuoL n ' llL U) affix a Hcal ^ tne register, or box, of 

^"turnstile. 

^DbL* , fl* era fi ree that we wil1 I* ;i y fur tnc services of the 
fa tod 1 *° '"' vuitinL: dob to pay such 

of 'J. i ' l '' ' x f eneei im-urrad in securing the attendance 

^^ mrther agree, and do hereby notify all players now 
oJujj "" Ilt, ;i';i, or that may hereafter sontract with either 

^']]' lr JVftv rit,in ~ hereto, tnat r;,rn pl*y* mu ' t 9*3 tliirt y 

for the ^ r,,r Uh * utlif " nn fttrtWied him by the club 

th ^** on °** 1878, and must, at his own expense, 

a Wnt ° Btmec ' e *n Md in good repair, and that, while 

tour, or tenia, daring the season of 1878, 

\ ] lirt >/' <ntH I^r day will be deducted from his 

pUj . irr . n ,,v " farther agree that we will not engage <-r 
Ulg haLS ' i: " r rlj,lt **] 1m r ' •'•■«H5d by any club mibacrib- 
t '^ '»' on account of disagreement beta 

*&*emeut ** : ' r "' Aill/ " ut " r a ". v iUpphtton of this 



lub 



it to play any game with any non- 



' a | club, 

[ j(>( v'! n Y"' following stipulations, addition 

1>: ,., '" Art XII C 






! 0re *ch J 1 , ,:,Jn ' JiCI P , « club ahall pay the LaagM 

y played, and lou upon the 

ieh game, one hall gn*s r. 

r , the sum of DO* hundred dollars, as the 




52 



League club may then prefer; and the non-League club 
shall pay the League club fifty dollars in every case where 
a League club shall present its nine in the city or town of 
such non -League club, prepared to play at the time ap- 
pointed for such game, and the game be prevented by rain, 
or any cause other than the refusal by such League club to 
play such game. In the event of the refusal, or failure, of 
any non-League club to pay the sum, or sums, due as herein 
stipulated, the League club shall at once telegraph such fact 
to the Secretary of the League, who shall forthwith notify 
all other League clubs, by telegraph, and no League club 
shall thereafter play such defaulting club until the full 
amount due be paid the League club, which League club 
shall, in case of such payment, notify the Secretary, and 
he the other League clubs, by telegraph. 

We further agree that, in any case not covered by Art. 
XII., Sec. 6, of the League Constitution, a League club 
having agreed to play a non-League club upon the grounds 
of the latter, and failing to present its nine in the city 
or town of such non- League club, prepared to play at the 
time appointed for such game, the League club shall pay 
the non-League club the sum of fifty dollars as the penalty 
of such default. 

In witnesss whereof the parties hereto have hereunto 
set their names, in Cleveland, Ohio, this 7 th day of Decem- 
ber, A. D. 1877. 

The Chicago Base Ball Club, 

/;// W. -l. Hu&*rt t PruidtnL 
The Cincinnati Bask Ball Association, 

By J. M, W. Nrff, Presto 
The Boston Base Ball Association, 

/ Wnyht, Secretary. 

The Louisville Bask Hall Clch, 

By Ofuu. A'. Chase, Vice Present. 

The Milwaukee Bam: Bali Oli 

liy Wiltmm /'. Rogers. 

The Indianapolis Bask Ball Association, 

Wm. r>. Pettti, /v. ridmL 
The Providence Bask § :ation, 

liy I. hip. 






53 



1877. 
BATTING AVERAGES 

or j.luyore who hiivo taken part in kix (6) or more Championship Games. 



M 
a 

. 1 


NAME. 


CLUB. 


— 7 

I 1 


T 
1 


a 
- 


9 
a 

3 
U 

9 

5a 


1 




i 

H 


1 


Whitn 




48 
50 

47 

•is 
no 

49 
4* 
19 

46 

J!' 

49 
47 
29 
46 
49 
47 
48 
26 
15 
46 
29 
47 
4H 
49 
18 
48 
50 
49 
48 
47 
1- 
60 
47 
50 
in 

2 r . 
45 
36 
19 
M 

48 

li 
10 
11 
9Q 
24 
45 
39 
7 


213 
210 

211 

2<x> 

224 
216 

207 
193 

200 
203 

203 

206 

121 
191 
191 
22-; 
21', 
103 

21.'. 
108 
199 
235 
185 
75 
202 
227 
212 
218 

LOG 
237 
MM 

21* 

LSI 

lnl 
170 
148 
197 
171 
189 

167 
2<J3 
76 
40 
80 
92 
178 
141 
28 


39 
36 
54 
36 
40 
43 
11 
;i 

22 

32 

29 

2* 

34 
L9 
26 

33 

r, 
A 
i:i 

13 

:*.7 
in 
34 

n 

23 

11 
26 

27 

28 

2*J 
2* 

17 

29 

32 

8 

16 

17 
13 

22 
tfl 

21 

27 

6 
B 
B 

13 

17 
13 

(j 


0.81 
(».7(i 
I. If* 
0.76 


82 
76 

71 
67 


.385 
.:!62 
.350 

.322 
.321 
.319 
.299 
.295 
.290 
.290 

.286 

.272 

.262 
2til 
MO 
.259 

,266 
264 

263 

.252 

.251 

.242 
.240 
.239 
.238 

.281 

.227 
21 9 

184 

178 

141 


'71 


2 

a 

4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 

10 

11 

12 

18 

14 

1 . 
if; 

17 
18 
19 
20 
21 
22 

2a 

24 
2* 
26 
27 

28 
Si 

39 

40 

41 

42 




Hartford 


■.Ml 


O'Bourke 


IJoston 


'270 






22S 


McVej 


Chicago 

Hartford 


0.83 67 

0.83 69 
0.71 62 


a 7 


Start 


[82 


Halt 




212 


PttMl 


Chicago 


2 :7 


Louisville 

Boston 


0.72 

0.67 
67 
0.71 
0.60 
0.86 

11.80 

0.84 

0.72 


67 

■ - 
.v.* 
60 
69 
:J4 
52 

■ 

00 
68 
27 
18 
66 
28 
51 


151 


fSlltOiJi 


246 


< S)i:t(T»T 


Louisville 


209 




louisvillo... 


201 


(!|ilpp . 


St. Louif 


227 


i 




120 




L66 


1 KorrtL. . 




17.; 






167 




St. Louis. 


ls7 




Boston 


LOO 




73 






L90 


K»'iUHr*n 


St. [sniff 


91 


Vurk... .. 


Hartford .. 


216 


Wright 




Q 90160 
0.46)41 

61 I" 


217 






181 


Barn** 


Chicago 


63 






170 




. 




0.64 

i 67 


61 

52 
63 


1-7 




L66 






151 


[Holds worth 


Hartford 



Hartford ... 


12 M 


L62 




47 


48 
57 
19 
52 


L69 




17" 


M Qaaj \ 


• 


158 


ttrgoi 


Hartford 

St. Louis..,. 






3224 

::. |3 

0,64 13 
0.00 2 


138 




r. 


Chicago 

Hartford 

LoaforiUe 

St Louif. 


96 


\ 


121 


II:'.: . 


LM 


f Rnydwr 


L63 


. 


L33 


Urkin 


Hartford 


153 




St. Lonfti 




L14 


r '\-uu 


186 


Band . 

• 


172 




66 


J Kdsn 




32 


lAUUo, 




1 1 


thhh 




61 


44 
Id 


toU 


-t I^ui* 


H8 


; 

^Chicago.. 


u 


W*1 U . 






54 



FIELDING AVERAGES 

Of players who have taken pari in six or more Championship Games. 
FIRST BASEMEN. 



NAME. 



CLiru. 



Cfoft 8t lamia,. 

[5ft? f Hartford.. 

IWh'te (Boston..... 

Spalding Chicago.... 

Iftham Louisville. 

Momll Boston 

Dehlman .. St. Loots.. 

Glenn ICbicagu ... 



2i i 

is I 



246 
584 
281 

87J 
886 

1M 

221 



Is 



J 



— u 



.9G4 
.MM 
•»-,.; 
.952 
.961 
.90© 
.902 



SECOND BASEMEN. 



Spalding... 
Burdock ., 
Wright... 

Battin 

McOary.. 

Barnes 

Smith 



Chicago.... 
Hartford... 

Barton 

St. Louis .. 
Locdfrntf 
St. Lou in... 
Chicago.... 

Chicago 

Chicago 



9 
49 
46 

14 
47 
33 

10 
11 



2« no 



fl2 .080 

378 .906 
I 

24 'J >7I 

• 1 77 t 



THIRD BASKMI.N. 



f "™ l^ton 

* nmn 

£*£" Borton 

l f R * u « 



36 [ e 

81 7 



• 



887 
•60 



Crav*r.. . 

Force 

Psters 

Button-.. 
Leonard.. 
Carey..... 



sum: 



LouliTill. 
Boatoo .. 

BosU.Ii . 

I '.'" 



4o 


16 


148 


16 


42 




138 


22 


48 




172 


34 


28 


47 


71 


18 


17 


a 


43 


13 




40 


167 


41 



:.H 22 143 

71 29 1-7 

U 14 I 70' .800 



3191 927 

227 >3 

l M Ml 

^4- ^« 



55 



FIELDERS, 



NAME. 



CLUBS. 



p to U 



c * 



J! . 
as 

p o 

p c 






© u 

£5 



fco 



fc H En I 



I 

li, 



12, 
13 

11 

16 
II 



White 

Glenn 

Leonard 

I 
B 

York 

Rfl l«-r.... 

''r-.wl.-y.. 

Hallinan 

Battfa 



Blong - 






II "Ms worth . 
0*Bowk*.... 



Botton 15 1 

Chicago 81 I 

Boston 

29 l 

Luutavil !«•... U 

Hartford 17 I 

Chicago 2fi ( 

'J 
Louisville ... ,4 ] 

Chicago W 

Chicago " 7 , 

ft. Looli 

14 

Chicago 

rd 



22 
68 

BO 
81 

80 
132 

M 

106 
2U 
20 

48 7 10 66 



Boston.. 



Waitt- ago 

HhanVr LMiitYlUle.... 

Mun»,i:, BoktOll 



t| 

to 



| Morgan . 



• Lottfe. 

lk*ton 



19 : 

27 I 

7 

I 
17 

[<: 



62 
71 



29 3 



I 

lUrtf^l. 

Chicago 



78 

100 

lit 
a 

141 
40 



61 16 73 

M 
18 



P-17 



.954 
HI 

.912 

.902 
.887 

.870 



.862 
.860 

H6 

.833 
.830 

.829 
.826 



.763 

75.) 
.734 

.588 



56 



RATCHBBS- AVBU0E8. 




Snyder 

lUrU\ 

Au»jj, 



Villi- 

lUrtf 



: 



013 37 



57 



a 

9 

E 






- 






r 




P«e c#nu* 



J 



58 












O 
(-5 
O 
Eh 

a 

Cm 



s 

3 

I—* 

s 
B 

Eh 



•eareo J»d e»u«A v 



' WI P1M PH.w 






*S3DUUH;> J" i"|'nuu pqox 



("wqaJM pif AV jo 



* a «W»« »»nnx 



mo |Qd j*qnm^ 



"i IHH »«a jo ©S«i 



•Olirej) i*cl 8)lTtJ»AV 



»(mta im*^ laju |q j ^awjj 



00 *0 GC CO **f* <C 



tO C I- 



1- CO cv o o> o 
00 t- 1- 



— :j ih ~ 



O H H H CO I© 

:: : 1 -.: oc • J «* 



99 CO 00 1-4 cc r. 



— — 71 ?1 — t 



CO CO <£ 1 

.- -r iq 

. 1 : 1 '. 1 



DOCN SO 3 i-« X 
OS Ci © 3 



_ / - : « — ■- 

. , ■- 

-r — i'. - 



• 



— Tl 71 



' M«i9AV 


— 1-.- .t O t 


| 


- e« 


; i«ii iwwuijx 


-■ 


p*Xi ; 


T — 



- 



s — » 

a eh 



u£ .S •= o 









59 



RECORD OF CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES PLAYED 

ITHIMi TIIK 

S E ASO N O F 1 877. 



i 

:i 

i 

6 

7 

X 
fl 

If. 

u 

I- 

17 
1H 



to 

1 - 

April 

H 

i< 

M 

H 

H 

• • 
Jill,- 


n , 

7. 


■ M or 
« mVTAJ 


Wssti 

1 1 1». 


\\ [jrj 


8CORKD. 


*4 

2 1 
?S 

1 

■\ 
n 

6 

14 
is 

fl 

I 

:j 


7 
o 
4 
8 
8 
7 
11 



* 

6 

i 

7 
ft 

7 
6 

a 

9 

is 

j 
ii 

. 


3^ 


n, Hnrtr.nl... 




Ti> 

Dti 

Malt! 

B 

tgo 


1 


St. Lotill 


2 
A 




fi 


In < h 




10 


1.: 


1 




V 


81 I. Oil; 


?, 




> VN I'., ~li.fi 











?, 


81 

:tl 
i 

LI 

Ij 
l«, 


1 v. H.utf »rd 

: 

1 

I 

- 

; 
: 

| 


Loulm .; 


2 
6 
1 






7 
2 


■ 

l 
1 


4 
2 


«« 


' 




1 


14 


. n 




4 


„ 




n 


«. 


















« 




2 


■> 




7 


' 


; 




11 






3 

4 
2 

l 



GO 



ElSOORD Of OHAMPIOXSHir G.UIH^ ( 




a 

v, 

16 
17 
tt 

10 

. r .o 
II 
62 

M 

.v, 
M 

57 
68 

.v.. 

00 

61 
63 
63 

M 

66 

66 
67 
69 

00 

70 
71 
78 
78 

74 j 

H 

7« 
77 
7« 

82 
M 

80 
91 

V2 I 



Nami:s or 



Wm u 
Played. 



July 



An*. 



'i to. Loultrillr. 
28 Chicago to. 
I 
ra 

; 

■ 

7 L.iMvi...... Hartford 

U Loutarill 
12 Umkril] 

11 < h rtfonl. 

• Lotiia to. Hm 

Lou 

17 n. 

TO. Iluttfonl . 

! 

1 1. 

: i. 

t EbrUtad to r. - 
« Hirtford to. I; 

i 
10 Bo 



WlNMV.j 







St Louie 

St Look 



Ixminvi!l 
I 



• I 



Lootairttl 

I 

Bt book 

■ 
I 

Bt LooJi 

Brooklyn 
Brooklyn 

• i 

I: • 



Run* 
Boobeb. 






kijn. 
kljrn. 



•• 



BoMton , 

Boston 

Chicago... 

Chicago... 
St. Lout* 

I,oui8Villi\... 
I < villa... 
I.«,ut.-«ville... 



II. ut! . 

.is... 
Boston 

i .... 

St Li • 

rilla... 
Looitrfl 

L'.llltTill*:... 

7 

•i 

Bt I-jiij- I 

a 

Chicago.. 7 

I 
l 

• 

1 
I 
I 

; 



12 



61 



Rkcjoiu, of Oh \mimoxsiiip Games— Oonb 



A a 
E 9 

I 3 



113 
94 

H 
W 
08 
09 
100 
101 
102 
103 
104 
105 
106 
Ktf 

1«>H 

Log 

Ho 
Hi 
ii* 

113 

114 
11:, 
118 
117 
11* 
ll:i 
120 
L21 
122 



Datjl 

tb77. 



Sop*, 



Names or 

Contestants. 



28 Boston vs. LouigviHc 
" •itl.r.lvs. Loiiinv't.- 
4 Hertford n i 

t. Lonis... 

w. St. Louis... 
liicago.... 
Hartford Vs.8t.LonJi 
I Louis 

SlEsoIi 
artfnr.l vh. i | 



Whkbj 

Played, 



.Chicago 



Oct 



TOTA 



', u '" **> Chicago.... 

: 

witS"!!!" ' 



**•**©, 



. 

Brooklyn .. 

'.lyn 

Boston 

i 

Brooklyn. , . 

Brooklyn 

• 

Brooklyn..... 

lyn 

Boston 

■i 

lyn 

LonJti 
Lonlsi 

Boftton 

1 

i rills 



Cu ii. 



I 
Chicago... 

■ 

I 

Boston .... 

OnioH 

I 

i . i ii i ■ 



Runs 

Scored. 



go 






in 

JfnkvtUe" 

Hartford 

Xt -I . 



RUNS SCORED BY (,LU 



BS. 






Opnottsnti 

u\* 

ToUl.. 



L9U 



aI ** ""•»' 



Ctobs, 
(labs, 



i 









m 

306 



62 



The followiag is an official list of the Officers and Players <>M 
Clubs belonging to the "National Lcagu. 
Clubs/' for the season of 1878 (as far as completed to Feb. 2°»| 

1878). 

BOSTON BASE BALL ASSOCIATION, OF BOSTON, MAS* 
A. II. Soden, President IIauky Weight, Swfy a 

No. S$ Eliot BU 

a. .). Leoi 
II. 0. Sh ,-ifer, 
B. li. Sutton, 

Thoo. Bond, 
Chat. N. Bnjd 



George Wright, 
James O'Bourke, 
John Morrill, 
John Manning, 
J. J. Burdock, 



CHICAGO BALL CLUB, OF CHICAGO, ILL. 
W. A. HuLBKSt, President. 

i 4 t No. IBB Randolph St. 
Robert Ferguson, frank Hankit 

frank Lurkin, ,J. \\ ( ;i--i.ly, 

W. A. Ifarl.idge, 

JamOfl Mailman, A. < 

John .J. EUmsen, i, p. RJ< 

CINCINNATI BASK BALL AStKX LATION, I Ml-" 



J. M. \Y. N. 

J I . Sullivan, 

w. ii. G 



• R If. JOHl /■ ,.(.,,(. 

Calvin a. MrVey, 

rt Mitchell, 
.J. -I. Gerhardt, 



Lij man 1 *i k <*. 
Kelley, 
Jamei U \ v bile* 



|N»- 



INDIANAPOLIS BA8E BALI ass N, INDIANAPOLIS, 

C Q , 
John EL Qapp. 



W. B. h.rrn, /', 
Edward 



Jos. L. Quest, 
Will 



Flint, 

I). J. Muck, 



amor, 
Liaxnaon, 



l: I. M. 



Arthur F I 



John 



>ick, 



63 

LOUISVILLE BASE BALL CLUB, LOUISVILLE, KY. 

W - N. Haldeman, Preit. Q. E. Chase, V.Pret't No. 12* Sd St. 

Samuel Casseday, Jr., Secretary. 

MILWAUKEE BASE BALL CLUB, MILWAUKEE, WIS. 
John K. Kaine, PreiL Fuki». B. AXDftOS, Sec'y. 

F -v. Edward U. Ward, V. Pret't. Hubiiabd M. Northrop, Treat. 

Charles W. Benn< 
Samuel II. Weaver, William T. Redmond, 

Jacob Goodman, Geo. Creamer, 

w. B. Foley, A. Dalrymple, 

John iM'cUrs, Fred. II. Andrus, 

w m. Holbert, I. J. Ellick. 

Haadquartera of the Milwaukee Club, Room 1, Library Build- 



&OVIDBNCE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, PBOVIDB5C3B, EL 



' 0,,N ft Thurston, President, 
illll "'^y, treasurer. 



I. 



JJo*gUa AUiton, 

ichols, 

I lip. wo, 

win 

Wfflkm L. Hague, 

Kx tract i 



B, DOI 01 U| -Jr., >V// «V Manager, 

II. B. WiNsnir, 8#& Secretary, 
Tiios. I. Carey, Captain. 



Thomas York 
Paul A. 11; 
Timothy Murniane, 

Richard Hlgham, 

ick I. Oory. 



0. 7 m t,lf ' minutes of the ••League," held in Cb 

• December 7, 1877. 
Hq , H. ,i the publication of thi Official B (I in 



^y Umi 






resolu- 



tion i I" uu,1|, "»ij *ett«d in me, by virtue of the I 

, 7* eb £ certify Uiml Unm. A. G. Spalding ft B 
^tefiij w 1 panted the publish the 

(ory. 



THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. 

THE WESTEBN BASE BALL AUTHOBITI. 



~~+ ♦- 



THE SUNDAY EDITION 



OP THE 



CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

Contains more and better prepared news 
from the National Game and from other 
sports than any other daily paper published 
in the United States. 

During 1878, The Tribune will continue 
its full telegraphic reports of all Champion- 
ship Games, together with interesting cor- 
respondence from all quarters. 

Every club and club-room should keep 
The Sunday Tkiiiune on file. 



14-50 



TERMS: 
SUNDAY EDITION, 16 Paget, per year, - - • 

DAILY TRIBUNE, including Sunday, - - - 

Address 

THE TRIBUNE, 

Chicago, //#*** 



SPALDING'S SCORE BOOK 

ouUn al R ingS ncw de$i e n Pocket and Club Score Books were first brought 
neve? ilr 7 * and the y al once jumped into a popularity and reached a sale 
of bail accorded a similar work. They are adapted for the spectator 

scorer ga / nct « who *cores for hii own amusement, as well a* the official club 
icor;«l W , records the minutest detail. By this new system, the art of 
Fun **" U a °l ui " d >n a single game. 
u '» instructions, with the latest League rules, accompany each book. 



WHAT AUTHORITIES SAY OF IT. 

Messrs A r c ^ « Washington, I>. C, Jan. 3, 187!. 

*«. a. G Scalding & Bro., Chicago, 111. 
Book anH V c , ntlcn ien:— I have carefully examined the Spalding Score 
comnL. ' w,lh out any hesitation, 1 cheerfully recommend it as the most 
Hicw system of scoring of which I have any knowledge. 
Respectfully, 
N. E. YOUNG, Omcial Scorer Natl League P. B, B. Clubs. 

Chicae B l W /I Stcm of score books just issued by A. G. Spalding A Bro., of 
K a roe should L nealcu lhin K of 'be kind we ever saw. Every lover of the 
understnJi 7?. vc ? Be ' The y lrc *>mple in their construction and are easily 
l00d — CtKtnnati En/uirer % A}rii % 1877. 

streetAlan^Av, 11 ** reived from A. G. Spalding A Bro., 118 Randolph 
» *> far in ao^In- V** ? core book fo ' "« '"» Y ear - Tfct book or system 
' P^ciiy, convents ° f ™y lhin K * v «r before brought out in the way of sira- 
bought of ve»r*.» a, *l, accura cy, that it seems wonderful that it was not 
*«**on is half thro X r new M >' ,€ wil1 ** " ln universal use before the 
ougn .— CAic a^v Trihunt, April, 1877. 

bought ou? al'"?* C *P^«b of the Chicago White Stockings, has just 
ment of ever v Ua„*l u C t°° k ' which wiU meet *"" « he "nqualif.ed endorse- 
The Y are of vir, ? has ever »n<lert.iVen to acore a game of base ball. 

W -t° * COr ** sitm.wT l« ' t0 mcrt lh « requirement* both of the spectator 
Ahe novel artd C q Jl" ,. 0wn "^faction, at. I scorers of clubt, 

:,! h v e *«,uare, oi'"' 11 ^ f - a,ire of the book is the manner in which ea,.h 



ivtston 
into 
tend 
igned 



h« »k i7 r* *ne scorer ~ .. -»!»•"•«• t«n 01 iniK »patc* >» uc» 

S£ U *^ ,v!din 8lnei!L* CCO r dln * '* "»»'*» and signs given in 
r*«? .mistakes ThV ' l «io spaces he scores without the liability to 
* <-i*fip*r, -4/r,7,t87 7 gUt * ° f • corin 8 arc P'inted in the book.— JV. 

SS'S 5?2 Cover, 7ram **KET. 

No. 4 .' h' M Si ". 30.J 

** 5- Large ., ' 3° gam«-, - 

* «»° games.... * 5° 

w ■, , 3<oo 

Addreu, Upo ° *•<*'* of P»«. 

A « «. HPamhm; A URO m PablUber*. 

US HaDdulpb Street, (UK ami, ILL, 



TH E 

CmCAGOJIILWAUREE&ST.PAUL RAILWAY 

Is the beat Route in the Northwest, In every particular,— of construction! 
equipment, alignment, grade, &o. Also for the variety and grandeur of 
scenery, and the number and magnitude of the business oentres, and the 
resorts of tourists and health seekers, local to its several lines. 4 

It is the only Railway Company owning and controlling a through lin* 
between Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

Between Milwaukee and those points it ha* two lines: one viaOconoraowo* 
Watertown, Portage, Kll bourn City, Sparta, La Crosse, Winona. Lake City* 
Red Wing and Hastings; the other via Waukesha, Palmyra, Whitewater 
Madison, Prairie du Chien,; McGregor, Austin, Ramsey, Owatonna an* 
Faribault. 

In Northern lowa its lines reach Decorah, Cresco, Charles City, Masofl 
City, Clear Lake and Algona. • 

Its northern Division from Milwaukee, runs to Beaver Dam, Fox La** 
Ripon, Berlin and Oshkosh. 

It connects in same JDepot, in Milwaukee, with Wisconsin Central R* 1 *'* 
road, for Green Bay, Stevens' Point and Ashland. At Toraah, with WlscoO* 
sin Valley Railroad, for Grand Rapids, Wausau, &c. At La Crosse, w*'* 
Southern Minnesota Railroad, for Lanesboro, Albert Lea, Wells 
Mankato— whilc;ila terminal connections with all lines East, South, 
and Northwest, are perfect. 

It is the only Northwestern Line using Westing ho use's Improved. Aut0 J 
tomatic Air Brake. It has the celebrsted Miller Platform and Coupling. »° 
Is the only Northwestern Line owning and managing Palace Bleeping Car* 



and 
Wo* 4 



Base Ball Clubs, please "BOOK IT," that this is tho route to travel 
order to reach MORE AND BETTER PAYING POINTS than can 
done by any other Northwestern line. . 

OCT P*!*oe Sleeping Cars and Day Coaches, with Westing house's impro* 
Automatic Air Brake, on all through trains. 



BOSTON OFFICE-208 Washington Street. E. U HILL, Agent. 



NEW YORK OFFICE-3B3 Broadway. 
Agent. 



I. A. SMITH, General E*» 



tt f* 



CHICAGO-Passenger Depot, corner Canal and West Madlsoo St ^ 1 
Freight Depots, corner Union and Carroll Streets- City Offices, 



63 Clark Street. T. E. CHANDLER. Passenger Agent. 



OfU°* 



KILWAUKEE-Depot corner Reed and South Water Streets- C»y ^ ck «i 
400 East Water, corner Wisconsin Street. A. M. INOERSOLL, 
Agent. X10S** 1 

ST. PAUL-Depot corner Jackson Street and Levee City Office QeUeT a\ 
Third Btrcet, comer Jackson Street. J. A. CHANDLER 
Agent. CHAB. THOMPSON, Tioktt Agent, Jf 

MINNEAPOLIS- Ticket Office, at the New Passenger Depot, oorne r ^ u 
Ingtonand Third Avenues. South, and No. 9. Nlcollot U 
8COTT, Ticket Agent. 

A. V. H. CARPENTER, * 



FOB SPECIAL RATES FOR BALL CLUBS 

Chlca* A m BETWEEN 



"'"■', '>, 

Indiantipolia, « 
H Louiaville, 

New York, « 

Cincinnati and Chicago, » 
8t. Louis, •* 

Columbna, 0., and Chicago, « 

Indianapolla, « 

I^uitrille, 

Chicago and St. Lonii, « 

Chicago and Peoria, << 

St. LouU and Chicago, " 

Peoria and Chicago. " 

LooUTille and Cincinnati, „ 
either way. 

Cincinnati or IndianapolU 
to the Eaat, 



! 

I 



fSAM'L STEVENSON, Gen'l Ticket C., H. A 
' D., Cincinnati, O., or 
JNO. KG AN, Oen'l Ticket Agent, I., C. A L., 
Cincinnati, 0. 

j W. L O'BRIEN, Gau'l Ticket Agent, Coiiim- 
l hue, 0. 

JNO. EG AN, Goal Ticket Agent I . C. A L 

Cincinnati. (). 
F- P. WADK,Gen'l Ticket Agent I . P ** 

Indlaaapolig, Ind. 

(A. ANDERSON , Gen'l Ticket Agent J. M. A 
I S., Louiaville, Ky. 

A. 8. HANSON, 121 Randolph St., Chicago.Ill. 

N M m 

f JNO BENTLEY, 100 North 4th Street, St 
I Loufa, Mo. 

(I! TOWNSKND, General Ticket Agent, 
( Peoria, 111. • ^ 

{'* h2£5g%. n '- ni "*- *«-«. 

| S,l rS,,t" l8o ° ,hw " , ' n,A ^ 



Write »n) of Ibe abovr for letalled laforaetloa. 





-A.3srsiisr«3-'s 

mroad'ticot OFFICE, 

3S7.B.R0 AD WAY. 

NEW YORK. 

Special Rattt to Clubt and PUron. 



LEAGUE HOTELS. 



The following hotels are patronized by all League Clubs, and 
are recognized a* the base ball headquarters in their respective 
cities. Special rates are given, and the best of accomodation 
provided, * 

Letters addressed to traveling Clubs in care of any of the 
following hotels will be very apt to reach their destination. 



Chicago hi: vimm v units ros leaqub cmrs, 

-4 -* 




Tremont House- 



PALACE HOTEL 

OF CHICAGO, 

11 IK i>4 Kl'ROFEA* 
VLkSti. 



f AMES COUCH. 

. rJelor. 

• EWETT WILCOX. 
Maaaftfa 



with Ifc*nU 

■■>« > wII J\°!!5 

IV. ant, | 



An elegant Rettaumiit outwitted vita tbt Iluiise. 

Speciai Kavkm to BUI Ball Cu 

BURNETT HOUSE. \VH gVS* 

( INi'INNATI. OHIO. J £.'. 



UNITED STATES HOTEL 

TON, MA 



1 Bo.tonb«MlqtwrtPft.< 



OCCIDENTAL HOTEL, 1 

INIjIANAIOUS. IM>. 



I 

W, B IK I 1 IT 




LEAGUE HOTELS— Continued. 



PLANKINTON HOUM.id.SKft 

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 



rates and aecomo- 

. Be 11 Clubs. Head- 

f quarters of the BTilweukee 

) Ulub. H.H.SIIEUMAN.Prop. 



LOUISVILLE HOTEL, 

LOUISVILLE, KY. 



Ritnmlz.d liy all vi^itin^ 
clubs. Special rate* and best 
of accommodation provided. 

M. KKAN .t CO., Prup'ra. 



COLONNADE HOTEL. 

PHILADELPHU, PA. 

SYRACUSE HOUSE. 

SYRACUSE, H. V. 



I Corner 15th and Chestnut 
f Sta. Caw direct to Base Ball 

J quirt' i- • f th-< liicagos, Cln- 
nl Bostons. 



I Special r. i 1 ►UMBO* 

. t-tJ .tvi-liri^ UiU ClubH- 

Iquartera Syracuee Stars. 

I h. V. (JUNN, Proprietor. 



KENNARD nOUSE. ) T Tr, 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. J 



RRACKETT HOUSE. 

ROCHESTER, N. V. 

RONHEY'S HOTEL. 

BUFFALO, N. V 



Pro J >: 



Al tPu 
iUs to Ball 

H... id quarters for 

,t*, neaaoo 1H77. 

8 M III1.1.KKT1I, Pjop'r. 



| A 

fuiobi. l 

1 



Obreer WufelBftoa &<*£ 
mlDutee want 
ron U. R D pots, 
•ate* to lull Clubs, 

QBO.W. WAKNEK, Plop. 



BANCROFT HOUSE. 

RWf BEDFORD, M 



\ Bin 
(. HtJ. 
f fold. 
J trail 



TrmrfllMK I*" Clubi 
l*d llb«r»lly- . 

r.C. IJANCBOrT, PropV. 




THAYER'S PATENT 



HARVARD 



Catcher's Mask 



Having purchased the sola 
right from the inventor, t° 
manufacture and sell the above 
Mask, I would call the attention 
of Umeu«n w Ui« i^ci urni n is made out of the beat materia'i 
well padded and light, and is the most durable Mask made. 

l»KOri:s.Klo.\AL MARK, Heavy Wire. VrHi, •*-»°' 

AMATEUR *« Ll|fht ** •' •• »'° 0, 

Sent by Express, C. 0. 1)., or upon receipt of price. 

A complete stock of miscellaneous Ball Goods, such as Shoes, 
Bella, Caps, Stockings, 8hoe Plates, Catcher's Rubber, and *M 
kinds of Base Ball and Cricket supplies, always in stock. 



SPALDING'S BASE BALLS, BATS 

am 
SCORE BOOKS. 

I will carry a complete stock of the above goods during 
coming season, and will be prepared to supply dubs and Deal* 
throughout New England, at manufacturers pn 

Illustrated Journal of Base Ball Goods sent to any addre** 
upon application. Addrett 

GEORGE WRIGHT, 

30 ELIOT BTHBET, 

BOSTOH, *-* 






BASE BALL UNIFORMS. 

A COMPLETE 




UNIFORM 



CONSISTING OF 

SHIRT, PANTS, 

SHOES. 

PLATES. 

CAP, BELT, 

8T00ZINGS. 



I>r Man 

KIR8T QUALITY 110.00 

HBUOND QUALITY 80i 

Send for SampU of Flannel &*Beit, 



~'We~alsT manufacture an 
extra quality at reasonable 
prices. Our uniforms are 
cut and made by experienced 
workmen, and satisfaction 
guaranteed. For particular* 
and samples of flannel and 
belts, address 



i & SPALDING 1 ™, 

118 RANDOLPH 8T H 

CHICAGO, ILL. 



BASE BALL SHOES. 

Our Shoes are made expressly for our own trade, out of the be* 
canvas medium low cut. broad heels, and just the thing for base ball 

and cricket players. 



No. i. CHICAGO CLUB 
SHOE. (Same as used by 
the Chicago and other 
League Clubs,) extra qual- 
ity 'canvas, foxed with 
French calf, medium low 
cut, broad heel, price per 
pair $4-00 

No. 2. PROFESSIONAL SHOE, same style'as No. i, but not quite as 
• !»iir $3.00 

No. 3 . AMATEUR orTRACTICE SHOE, second quality canvas, strap 
over instep, per pair. .7. $j.oo 

No 4. OXFORD TIE, low shoe $2.00 




BELTS. 



Ktth. Vrr Dot. 

Best English Web Belt, any o.fo $6.00 

Union W«b Bell, Red and Blue... 0.30 300 

Sample belts mailed, post paid, upon receipt of price. 



r«Dm. 



SToozKiiisra-s. 

No. 1. EXTRA QUALITY, any color made expre«ly for our 
own .trade, worsted yarn, extra long, price ♦ ** 

No. a. FIRST QUALITY, woolen yarn, any color, extra long, 
fast colors, 



No. 3. SECOND QUALITY, aay color, woolen yam, good 
length 



9» 



7S« 



F©l further information, addrttt 

A. G. SPALDING 4 BRO-, 

118 RANDOLPH BTR«T. 




BJLSZE BALL CA-IFS. 

CHICAGO CL UB, NO , . 5 

BOSTON CLUB, NO. ^. 

/ 

I. 

NO. ,* 

pi >e above cuts represent a few of the principal style* now in vo K iie. 
f *«'« ordering will pleate eive number of %tyle or »■ 0I 

C »P wanted, and full instruction* about color, quality and trimming*. 

" quality I! , ylc or color $ ia °° 

i .. ,. u II ! ■'" 

Merino Cayw, any ntyle or color, 12 -°° 

Fir »t <,,mlit y Fl.innrl fjbt*, any *tyle or col " r ^ M 

Stcond m u m . . . . 

T tonl 11 l( .< «.00 

Addre M orderi to 

A. ft SPALDING a BBO„ 

118 Randolph Street, CHICAGO, ILL. 








CATCHER'S 

:mla_s:k:_ 



\ The Catcher's Mask came into 
j xi general uae last season, and it proved 
j / the best protection for catchers of 
j ' anything yet invented. It is used by 
Jim. White. Snyder, Hotaling, Clapp, 
and all the prominent professional 
catchers in the country, and no 
catcher who has to face swift under- 
hand throwing, should be without 
this valuable protection. We mak 
them in three sixes: 

Ho. 1, Boys HI se, for a short Tare,... §3.00. 

N<». 3. Mens* Nise, for a mediant length face 3.O0. 

Ho. 3. Mens* Blxe, for n long face, 3.00. 

Mailed ,to any addrew upon receipt of price. 



CATCHERS MOUTH PROTECTOR 

ii made of pure rubber, to moulded that It mak<* a complete proU 
the teeth, end li the beet thing made for the purpoee. B&mpln bj mail, poet 
P*id, upon receipt of Fifty CeuU. 




swim 

GLOVES. 



I. 



Ho. 
Ho. 



Our new d<*ign, open back, 
rattbrr'a glovre, made out of 
Tery thick buckikin.&nd pad- 
i dfd, )■ Hm bSSt protection for 
a catrher'i ban-li, of my thing 
y«t <ifTi»^d. Tb^y do not In* 
urtVr* with throwing, and no 

esldhst or plsfsr ■utj~t u 

SMI hm<U, IBOVM t*« withottt 
a pair of tb«ee gtovee. 
I .x tr/i n< -my Bnckskln, open back, well 

lidded S3.00. 

First Qnnllty, plain bark*, pndded 1.50. 

Ht-ruiid (gualMy, plain Imrki, pmlilrd I.Ow. 



Sample pair mailed, p** t paid, upon receipt of price. Addreea 

A. O. SPALDINO & BRO., 

11 8 itandolph St., CHICAGO. Hats 



* 






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B P A L I> I V G * S 1. 1- A V I E II A 1. 1- , 

■ 

W. ,( the following well kn • we : print these 

few testimonials a* evidence that what we say about the merits of our League 

MDI1 Only. 

:ng & Bro. Cincinnati, Dec., 1877. 

:.:\ve played many games with your League Hall, and 
have no he- . r a pleasant -id one that 

wdl stand the , mentwitho.it goin;: out 01 ^hape, it has 

lit. Cincinnati B. B. I 

A. G.Spalding & Bro. Brooklyn, N.Y., 1877. 

I eague Ball" *upei thers 

: 77- 
Messrs. A Milwauke. 

Ball' ,nd have a: 

foun^ iioueh to suit our aud- 

1 1 ways be <i yers unit* 

in saying thai 

Club. 

Messrs. A rbN, 1877. 

R a ||«. a J ndy 1 ' with ;S ,, « 

will have it on sale , | lfing 1%J ^ . 

. I 
' : 

I - 
Tournament 1 - 

r ' J m hi unite'' 

I> I ' 

SPAM>i.\u-.s THim: miicki i> BAl* 

during ,K *o iSe pro- 

I it to me P 

-s P .,r'/ 

P»iaing B« 

r.i 



n. All 




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..ago.. »*7* 



THE LEADING BALL FOR 1878. 



eojo,\ 

il thi~ 
This ball i- 

R i!h. 

■ a full 

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LEAGUE BAL 




/if Ball, 
Spaldi itettr " 



si. 

LOO. 

[{ ml. r. - 

A G. SPALDING &. BRO., 
us luiidolph St., Cblcag