Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sweeney Seems To Have Become Demoralized

Mr. Lucas came home last Friday and I fear his absence has been felt by the Maroons. Sweeney seems to have become demoralized, and, if reports are true, he should be severely dealt with. It stands him in poor grace to make such a spectacle of himself as he has at Boston and Providence. He owes everything to Mr. Lucas, and to thus repay him the generosity of the man, who stood by him in the hour of need, is not simply ungrateful, but most unmanly. He knows or ought to know that upon his good conduct depends not only his own future, but business interests of his employers. Drunkeness is one of the worst elements to contend with among base ball clubs and expulsion should be the inevitable reward of the drunkard. It may be a hard thing to do, but every one will endorse Mr. Lucas if he promptly expels Sweeney if he again repeats his late errors. I do not think that Sweeney intends to do wrong, but he seems to be unable to resist temptation and lacking in good steady habits.
-Sporting Life, May 27, 1885

The last sentence is, without a doubt, an interesting summary of Charlie Sweeney's character.

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