On June 18 the Union and Empire Clubs met in the first game of the season’s contest for supremacy, the latter being the challenging club with the hope of regaining the championship. Nearly 2,500 people witnessed the game, the interest in it being sustained by a close score throughout. The issue of this game caused the Empire Club to appeal it to the State Association on the ground that the umpire in the eighth inning after having declared one of the Empire players “not out” reversed himself at the suggestion of the Union captain and decided him out and for a second reason cited fact that the umpire failed to sign the score. This appeal was heard by the Judiciary Committee on the 9th of July and after hearing evidence took the case under advisement. This committee was composed of E.S. McKeon, of the Athletic Club, G.H. Denny, of Dirige, Jno. Halpin, Baltic, and C.P. Stener, Resolute. Their decision, when given late in the season, sustained the action of the Empire Club and declared this game invalid, necessitating the game which was played Oct. 14 and which was won by the Union Club.
-E.H. Tobias, The Sporting News, November 10, 1895
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