Beer Tanks and Barbed Wire: Bill Barnie and Baltimore
This article was published in the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal.
Billie Barnie had taken the reins of the Baltimore Club of the major league American Association in March of 1883. He was determined that the fans not suffer through another dismal season like the previous one. That aggregation, led by Henry Myers, had been hammered in local newspapers with headlines like “BAD GAME OF BALL—DISBAND OR GET BETTER,” “THEY CANNOT PLAY BALL,” “TRYING TO ERRORS.”1 To this end, Barnie . . .
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