This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
July 6, 1888
Baseball well attended

From the July 6, 1888 Whitby Chronicle:


Dr. Rundle of Sault Ste. Marie is visiting his father Mr. Thos. Rundle.

Mrs. E. O. Graham of Rochester, N. Y., is visiting at Mrs. B. F. Campbell's.

Mr. T. J. Holliday left on Tuesday morning for Missouri and other western States. He is taking a tour for his health and will be absent about a month.

A beautiful fight took place in the barn belonging to the hotel here on Thursday last. Two men, we will call them men for want of another name, it appears had a grudge and took this way of settling it. The one who did the most talking, as is generally the case came out second best and received several bruises and cuts on the face. They were parted by spectators, otherwise it is hard to say what might have been the result.

The Royal Templars will hold a picnic at Corbett’s point on Friday 18th July. The committee of management will endeavor to make all arrangements necessary and a pleasant day is looked forward to. Members are at liberty to invite friends to spend the day with them at the point. I hope the proprietors of the CHRONICLE will consider themselves included in this invitation but would urge upon them the necessity of placing the “fighting Ed.” under the care of a proper guardian. We would suggest they send to Port Perry for that particular individual.

The baseball match here on Monday between Oshawa and Brooklin drew quite a large number of spectators among whom was a goodly number of the fair sex. Brooklin presented Bailey and Cooper for battery but Cooper couldn’t hold Bailey and Cuttell who was playing short went into the box. In the beginning the game promised to be closely contested, but as it progressed Oshawa drew ahead and at the close the score stood 22 to 39 in Oshawa’s favor. Fielding errors were numerous and costly to our boys.

The game, however, was an improvement to that played lately with Whitby. The umpire who came with Oshawa was very fair and there was scarcely a word of kicking heard. He made errors, but what umpire ever satisfies everybody? It is greatly to the discredit of one of our young men that he tried to pick a row with the umpire. Spectators must remember that the umpire is the sole judge of the play and the only person who ought to, or has any right to say anything is either of the captains.

These games are played for fun and recreation and no bitter feelings ought to be allowed to come to the surface; much is it to be deprecated that the umpire was insulted and abused by a person who never plays with us and who has not contributed one cent to our club and is not a member. Our boys want it to be distinctly understood that outsiders are not thanked for their interference. They wish to assure the club from Oshawa that they heard of the row with deep regret and to place on record the fact that the club and umpire behaved like gentlemen.

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