Saturday, February 6, 2016

Give the Umpire a Fair Chance

The Sporting News, America's primary sports weekly newspaper, knew the plight of umpires in 1897. Challenges included rowdy players, fans, foul language, and the lack of another umpire to assist. The News felt there was a solution to the issue, a suit of armor:

The Sporting News, July 17, 1897, p.4