The charge of conspiracy against Pitcher Mark Baldwin, of the Pittsburg National League team, comes up for a preliminary hearing in the Court of Criminal Correction to-day. It is doubtful if it will go to trial, however, as Secretary Munson, of the Browns, is in Cincinnati organizing the Association club there, and President Von der Ahe will be busy at the Democratic primaries, he being a candidate for a place on the Council ticket.
Mr. Von der Ahe has in his possession a telegram, which while it does not show that Mark Baldwin approached pitcher King, proves beyond all question that Baldwin's employer, J. Palmer O'Neill, president of the Pittsburg Club, has been after the silver-haired pitcher. It not only proves that, but proves furthermore, that O'Neill wanted Captain Comiskey, of the Browns, to also jump his contract and take the place of Harry Wright as manager of the Philadelphia League team. The message is as follows:
"Pittsburg, Feb. 24. - C. Comiskey, ball player, St. Louis Browns: - I have authority to contract with you to take Harry Wright's place on Philadelphia League team. Big salary. Long contract. Come to Pittsburg and bring pitcher King with you. We will pay all expenses. Answer. Strictly confidential. J. Palmer O'Neill."
Comiskey promptly turned the telegram over to Mr. Von der Ahe, who still has it in his possesion. It will be remembered that about the time the message was sent it was stated in telegrams sent out from Philadelphia that Harry Wright was to sever his connection as manager of the club. Later it was stated that his difference had been fixed up and President Reach had requested him to remain and he had agreed to do so. The fact of the matter is, the club expected to secure Comiskey and wanted to drop Wright. Later, when they could not induce St. Louis' captain to jump his contract, Reach and his associates signed the old veteran Harry to again manage the team.
-The Sporting Life, March 21, 1891
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