Official 1898 baseball document filled with foul language

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12 Responses to “Official 1898 baseball document filled with foul language”

  1. semiotix says:

    This is going to completely change the way we do things at my Gentlemen’s Society for the Re-Enactment of 19th-Century Fisticuffs, Rough-Housing, and Belligerent Disportment.

  2. jplkeekif says:

    Wow, for some reason I never thought people used such “revolting terms” way back then. This is awesome!

  3. Bat Guano says:

    Of course some used profane language back then, but I always thought that “Deadwood” was exaggerating… C@%#-suckers!

  4. Paul Coleman says:

    I especially like that the document says:
    [UNMAILABLE. Must be forwarded by express.]

    Wonder if the postal service was subject to obscenity laws…probably.

  5. Umbriel says:

    The Comstock Act apparently came into force in 1873, so it would indeed probably have been illegal to mail such material.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Law

    For more 19th Century naughtiness, check out the Barrison Sisters:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrison_Sisters

  6. Tits McGee says:

    This delights me beyond all reason.

  7. Registrado says:

    The end of the first paragraph reveals that Dick Cheney is quite a fan of old-timey baseball.

  8. agoodsandwich says:

    this makes me unreasonably happy.

  9. Cazart says:

    What!? Brian Sabean was alive in 1898?

  10. justin says:

    This makes me feel like my late-night cuss-laden Halo matches on Xbox Live are part of a grand sporting tradition. Hurrah!

  11. Roger Strong says:

    That sort of language is universal.

    Q: How do you get eight old ladies to say “Sh*t!”?
    A: Have a ninth say “Bingo!”

  12. klg19 says:

    I’m reminded of the scene from “Bull Durham,” where we learn that the one thing that will definitely get a player ejected from a game is calling the umpire a cocksucker.

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