Another Baseball Riot
I’ve got you guys’ number. It is riots that get the juices flowing. So here is another one, from 1874 in Boston. The remarkable part is that Boston won the game, and the locals still rioted:
[Athletic vs. Boston 7/13/1874] The policemen on the ground endeavored to restore order, but their efforts were unavailing, for the crowd continued to make all sorts of remarks–one of which (“the G–d d–m s–n of a b–h,”) revealed the “loud-mouth betters [sic] and low-browed ruffians”… The behavior of the crowd on the Athletics’ last inning, was one of the most disgraceful ever witness, while at the conclusion of the game, more than a thousand persons rushed on the field, to Murnan [the umpire], shouting “Kill the s–n of a b–h.” Murnan was rescued by the police, aided by the Boston players, but not before he had been struck by some miscreant. Jim White and Al Spalding behaved nobly, threatening to brain anyone making a movement to attack Murnan, who was escorted off the field under the protection of the players and the police. Thus ended this vile blot on the fair escutcheon of Boston. Source: Philadelphia All-Day City Item July 14, 1874
The profanity seems disappointingly unimaginative–even banal. It is a lot more interesting in Deadwood.
By way of teaser, the next installment of in the Baseball Riots series will be the Charleston, S.C. Baseball Race Riot of 1869. Don’t touch that dial!