Mapledoram is in earnest about his umpiring, and will not allow his decisions to be questioned. Yesterday he fined Dunlap $10 for what he considered improper conduct. At Cincinnati he fined Bradley $0, and when appealed to reduce the penalty to $25, he peremptorily refused.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 28, 1884
I'm not so concerned with Blake Mapledoram and his earnestness as I am with the idea of Fred Dunlap "questioning" an umpire. Given Dunlap's nature, I doubt that it was as polite an encounter as the Globe makes it sound. Basically, knowing him as I do, this should have been reported as Dunlap going off on an umpire and getting fined.
Also, I think I should state that I have no real plan for Fred Dunlap Month. I'm just going through the Dunlap posts at the old website and posting the ones that catch my eye. I'm sure at some point we'll get into some analytics and a discussion about Dunlap's place in baseball history but, for now, I'm just putting up stories that I like.