We are now informed by the New York Herald that the result of the season's playing among the base ball clubs will be decided at the December meeting of the League. This certainly sounds like a most lame and impotent conclusion to a season which started out with so much promise, and base ball must certainly be firmly anchored in the affections of the public if it can stand many such ordeals. A game in which the championship is decided, not by the games played and won, but by the financial condition of the clubs, is certainly a sporting novelty, and one not likely to seize the popular affection all at once. Better luck next year!
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 24, 1876
A game in which the championship is decided by the financial condition of the clubs...Sound like anything we know?