Saturday, July 2, 2011

1898 memo could serve as an aid for today's TV watching lip readers trying to ascertain what ballplayers are saying to umpires

Letters of Note: SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO PLAYERS:




This incredible memo, purportedly issued to all Major League Baseball teams in 1898 as part of a documented campaign — spearheaded by John Brush — to rid the sport of filthy language, was discovered in 2007 amongst the belongings of the late baseball historian Al Kermish, also a respected collector of memorabilia. Essentially an on-field code of conduct, most amusing is that the memo was in fact so expletive-laden and obscene as to be 'unmailable' to its intended audience via the postal service, and so was delivered by hand to each of the League's 12 clubs and their foul-mouthed players.

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