Allegan, nd (1890s). Item #99-7018
Oblong 8.5 x 11.5". Lightly creased, fold creases, tiny piece missing out of top edge, light chipping, tiny edge tear, pencil numbers on reverse else good condition. Rest of the broadside: "Ran across Geiser. He says "I am the man you want. My life has been spent performing deeds where great nerve was required. I will be there in time to call the game. No one will question my decisions. Don't tell Joe. Or Ed. Game called at 2 O'clock. Admission 25 and 15cts". The game of baseball by the 1890s had become rough and tumble, perhaps fueled in part by the recent addition of beer to the ballparks. Umpires were known to carry firearms for protection. The Kalamazoo (Michigan) Green Stockings started in 1894 and were managed by manager/player (catcher) Michael "Mike" Redmond. This team, which had a rough reputation had three successful seasons, 1894-1896 after which it disbanded. SCARCE amateur baseball ephemera.