Oz: 100 years ago, two Hall of Famers got arrested for playing ball on a Sunday

From Mike Oz at Yahoo! Sports on August 19, 2017:

Believe it or not, there was a time it was illegal to play baseball on Sundays. Decades ago, the same blue laws that today don’t allow people in certain states to buy alcohol or cars on Sundays, also applied to baseball.

That’s how it came to be that two Hall of Famers — John McGraw and Christy Mathewson — were arrested exactly 100 years ago, Aug. 19, 1917, when their teams played a baseball game on a Sunday in New York City.

It seems silly when you think about it in 2017. Sundays are the biggest baseball games of the week for some teams. It’s when teams often hold their jersey retirements. And when baseball fans come together for the national game of the week.

Read the full article here: https://sports.yahoo.com/100-years-ago-today-two-hall-famers-got-arrested-playing-baseball-sunday-144853414.html

Originally published: August 21, 2017. Last Updated: August 21, 2017.