Monday, December 03, 2007

REA Blog: A Spotlight On Dirty Language in Baseball in 1898

Since the start of the REA (Robert Edwards Auctions) Blog in August of this year they have shared some amazing sports memorabilia. This time around they have uncovered an item that will make you laugh and blush at the same time, or it may offend, so please use this as a warning if you don't like rough language.
Items of historical significance can take many forms. We have always gone out of our way to stay away from items that we think are in poor taste or off-color. We also try our best to seize opportunities to document the history of the game and its relationship to American culture.

Which brings us to a recent dilemma encountered by our office this past week.

...(Above is a document called) “Special Instructions To Players,” regarding the use of obscene language by players at the ballpark, to intimidate umpires and opposing players, and to verbally battle with unfriendly fans.

...(It) quickly got our attention as the language used became very unexpected for an official Major League baseball document, let alone one devoted to demanding players not use “any indecent or obscene word, sentence, or expression.” It turned “blue,” and, well, got “bluer.” This piece is ironic as it provides many examples of exactly the kind of “brutal language” that was being outlawed. In fact, it is so over the top that at first we thought it was some type of a joke.
Nope. It's real. Click the above photo to download a pic or go to the REA blog for a closer look.

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