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Old 12-24-2013, 04:27 PM   #241
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THE BASEBALL LEAGUE

It was decided at the annual meeting in Manchester last night to increase both the first and second divisions from 16 to 18 clubs for the 1898 season. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town were elected to the first division, and these were the clubs which had been unsuccessful in the test match series following the 1897 season. In future there will be no test match series, but the two highest clubs in the second division will displace the two lowest in the first division.
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1898 Baseball League Season Starts To-Day

The baseball season begins according to the rules of the Baseball League; the season will start earlier in the year, to-day, the 16th of May. The earlier starts is because of the lengthened season, now 102 games, and that is because of the additional two teams for each Division, up to eighteen now apiece.

The popularity of baseball is spreading apace in Britain. Despite the generally miserable weather we suffer at a moment’s notice, when a sunny seventy-five degree day can turn to dreary fifty-five in a seeming instant, we still love spending our summer days outdoors, in the light, watching our idols such as Sharp and Clark, Turner and Parker, weave their magic and entrance us in their spells. O, for summer right now!

But, tho’ the summery weather not be so near, the games are nigh, and we rejoice in their return!

Watch for the First Division to be contested most vigorously among the best of the recent past, including current champion Sunderland, three-time erstwhile champion Blackburn, a strengthened Bolton and a resurgent Burnley. In the lower level, you can expect strong efforts from Doncaster, Walsall and, most excitingly, Liverpool to challenge for the top flight spots likely to be vacated by the likes of Grimsby, Wolverhampton and Nottingham Forest.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:06 AM   #243
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Black African to Make Diamond Debut

On the squad of the Ramblers of Stoke now resides the very first exotic player in the history of the game, a young man from Jamestown in the Gold Coast who will be contending for the club's first base position in 1898.

His Christian name is Gerald Davies, and he has been in England for seven years now. He picked up the game straight away, and has returned occasionally to his African home during which he has done his part in spreading the game among his young friends, but now he has been conscripted by the Ramblers who hope to find a place for him in Stoke-on-Trent.

The twenty year old native has a fair amount of work to do to displace Frederick Magee, who has been an eight-year mainstay at first, and who at the still young age of twenty six doesn’t figure to be going anywhere else just yet. But Davies has a smooth left handed stroke which could win the day in the early going. His success would bode well for the spread of the game throughout the Empire, and most optimistically might presage our challenging for world baseball supremacy with the Americans, if all goes well.



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Gate Sharing Talks

Pursuant to the discussion of impending changes to the economics of the Football League comes calls for change in similar for the Baseball League as well. One curious difference between the two sports has been the issue of gate sharing.

In the Football League, twenty per cent of all gate receipts accrue to the visiting club to help defray expenses spent on travel and other essentials. Baseball League teams, which are run by the same clubs who field teams in the Football League, have never employed a similar gate sharing scheme, despite that the expenses tend to be greater in terms of not only train fare, but lodging and board for three day long stays in rival towns and cities. This odd circumstance is on the talking agenda for the end of season League meeting convening in Blackburn this year.

The difference between the sports came about as a result of the unique board makeup of each. The board of the Football League during the last decade were led by William McGregor of Aston Villa, a strong proponent of league stability above all. Whereas the Baseball League board were led by Sir Francis Ley of Derby County, a proponent of the “Darwinian” approach and whose philosophy carried the day in the end.

Opposition to this practice lies in an argument regarding the capitalism inherent in running a professional league of sport. As in any other business endeavour, the goal is to dominate the market and drive competitors out of business. The idea behind this thinking as it relates to the business of sport is that there will always be available clubs to replace those which wind up, which will inevitably lead to a stronger league on the books and on the pitch. After all, thousands of clubs exist In England, with hundreds playing professionally, and so there will never be a shortage of clubs to play.

Poppycock, answer gate sharing proponents. They argue that greater financial equality among League clubs will confer a necessary stability that not only will create a stronger league of clubs, but greater interest among baseball supporters who can be more certain of the ongoing viability of their own favourite clubs and their hated rivals. After all, if Darwin wins out and the rival is vanquished out of existence, what comes of the enmity that serves to fuel the club supporter's keen interest in the fortunes of his own team? If such passion is replaced with apathy, that will surely cost the League the supporter, and along with that the contents of his money purse.

While each side of the debate has defensible points in its support, it is the opinion of this paper that gate sharing is necessary for League stability, which we believe is more important than the philosophical preservation of unfettered capitalism in sport. Supporters will appreciate knowing that the clubs they have come to care about will be on the pitch the following season as well. In addition, we also believe that the system of promotion and relegation between the Divisions after the season already serves the purpose of rewarding and punishing clubs appropriately for business activities related to the operation of their clubs. Quite straight, playing at the higher level is more lucrative than playing at the lower level, and either is much better than being banished from the League entirely. What could be more important to a businessman keen on making as much money as he can from his business, even if that business is sport?

In light of this, we recommend the League implement a gate sharing scheme similar to that they already use for their football clubs, and as soon as they can possibly manage to do so.

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Have you ever explained how you get the financial reports to show pounds instead of dollars? If you did, I must have missed it. That has been a longstanding gripe of mine - if OOTP can switch to metric for measurements and weights, why can't it switch to foreign currencies when a league is based in a foreign country?
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Second Division Promoted Team: Liverpool Reds


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Seven non-league clubs challenged the bottom three clubs needing to seek re-election to Division 2 in the vote for League membership. Voting (number of votes):

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28      Woolwich Arsenal        Re-elected to the League
28      Darwen	                Not re-elected to the League
17	Bristol City	        Elected to the League
17	Stockport County        Elected to the League
15	Lincoln City            Not re-elected to the League
11	Barnsley	        Not elected to the League
7	New Brighton Tower      Not elected to the League
7	Luton Town              Not elected to the League
0	Coventry City	        Not elected to the League
0	Ashton North End        Not elected to the League
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