Ballplayers go drinking!
“It is reported that, at the next meeting of the League, the Worcester management will report an “outbreak” in which Goldsmith and Williamson of the Chicagos participated last Wednesday night. It appears that on the night in question the two players mentioned went to a house of ill-fame in the outskirts of Worcester, where Goldsmith got drunk and knocked down two or three fellows, not of his party, who came to the house in a hack. Willilamson was not drunk, but did not turn up for duty until the next afternoon. Several of the Chicagoes had a similar “racket” last year, but it was hushed up. In the affair of last Wednesday night Hayes of the Worcester team was also mixed up, though he did not drunk.” Source: The (Philadelphia) Sunday Item September 3, 1882
My favorite part is that a bunch of ballplayers go whoring and brawling, and what people really care about is which ones were drinking. That is a fascinating snapshot of the era. This also is an interesting transitional phase. A few decades later the press would routinely suppress this sort of thing. Here we have a stage where ballplayers are prominent enough that their misdeeds are of interest, but not yet quite so important that their misdeeds cannot be reported.