Another Baseball Riot

Richard Hershberger

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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5 Responses

  1. Burt Likko says:

    Thus ended this vile blot on the fair escutcheon of Boston.

    And thus also ended the last acknowledgement by a Philadelphia newspaper that the city of Boston might contain something good.Report

    • Richard Hershberger in reply to Burt Likko says:

      The Philadelphia press approves very much whenever the Redsox beat the Yankees. It’s just that, historically speaking, this hasn’t happened all that often.

      But seriously, my experience living in Philly is that it collectively doesn’t have a strong opinion about Boston one way or the other. Boston is not especially nearby, and New York is in the way. The thing is, Philly has a huge inferiority complex about New York. Two hundred years ago, Philadelphia was the cultural center of the United States. That ended about the same time the Erie Canal opened for business, and Philadelphia hasn’t really gotten over it. For a really weird example, I was living there on 9/11. The local media had eager discussions about what in Philadelphia would be a good target for a terror attack, combined with a vague sense of anger at being snubbed.Report

  2. Christopher Carr says:

    “The remarkable part is that Boston won the game, and the locals still rioted.”

    This is still common practice in Boston. No true Masshole would consider it remarkable.

  3. Just for context: The Boston fans had no particular reason to be frustrated: their team went into that game 28-7. They wound up 52-18 for the year, averaging more than ten runs scored against fewer than six given up. This would be the third year in a row that they’d win the National Association handily (though nothing compared to the next year, when they finished 71-8!)

    Their roster had 11 men on it, four of whom are now in the Hall of Fame, including Harry Wright, whom Richard has portrayed as the pioneer of scientific baseball defense, his brother George, who was baseball’s first superstar, and Al Spalding, best remembered today for his success in sporting goods.Report

    • Richard Hershberger in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      In fairness, the races of 1873 and 1874 were close.

      The Bostons trailed most of 1873, until the Philadelphias underwent a late-season fade, and even then the Philadelphias has a pretty solid case that the Bostons had been playing an ineligible player, and so the Philadelphias should get the pennant. This argument was countered with delaying tactics and bogus bureaucratic roadblocks, until it was declared too late to change anything, so shut up!

      In 1874, the race was a lot closer than the final standings show. On October 1 the Mutuals were only 1.5 games back. The season ran through October back then, and the Mutuals had a really terrible month. So while the Bostons led the league the entire season, it wasn’t a comfortable lead.

      1872 and 1875? Yeah, those were pretty much blowouts from start to finish.Report