Saturday, December 17, 2011

An Earnest Umpire

Mapledoram is in earnest about his umpiring, and will not allow his decisions to be questioned.  Yesterday he fined Dunlap $10 for what he considered improper conduct.  At Cincinnati he fined Bradley $0, and when appealed to reduce the penalty to $25, he peremptorily refused.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 28, 1884

I'm not so concerned with Blake Mapledoram and his earnestness as I am with the idea of Fred Dunlap "questioning" an umpire.  Given Dunlap's nature, I doubt that it was as polite an encounter as the Globe makes it sound.  

We should really add this to the What Did Dunlap Do? file:  In the first game against the Keystones, Dunlap went off on an umpire and got fined.  

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