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Monday, May 28, 2012
The ill-fated United States league continues to unravel. Pittsburgh Press, May 28, 1912:
MUTINY IN RANKS OF U.S. LEAGUERS; MANAGER MISSING
The United States League faces dissolution as a result of a strike by the players of the Chicago club. The Windy City aggregation refused to play New York at Bronx oval this afternoon. The players mutinied when their manager, Billy Niessen, failed to put in an appearance. They claimed as an excuse that they had received no salary to date and that they had been forced to pay most of their own expenses.
So the Chicago players aren’t getting paid, they have to cover their own expenses, the manager can’t be bothered to show up, the owners of the Cleveland franchise folded the team, Washington’s players threatened to strike because they weren’t getting paid, and Cincinnati is playing in front of eleven people.
Otherwise, things are going swimmingly for the United States League.
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