19 - 20 October 2016
DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE EXPULSION AND ATTEMPTED REINSTATEMENT OF GEORGE BECHTEL
Collection of original documents related to the expulsion and attempted reinstatement of player George Bechtel (1848-1921) from the National League in 1877. Following an incident in June 1876 in which Bechtel (playing for the Louisville Grays) had been implicated in trying to fix a game, the National League suspended Bechtel prompting his attempts at reinstatement. Includes: a notarized and sworn handwritten statement dated October 4th, 1877 by Bechtel to National League Secretary Nicholas Young denying he was guilty of the charges and formally requesting reinstatement, signed twice G.W. Bechtel in black ink; a handwritten copy of Louisville’s release of Bechtel dated June 28th, 1877; and a handwritten plea dated June 28th, 1877 to the Board of Directors of the National League, signed G.W. Bechtel, and then on the opposite side features handwritten statements from the members of the board including Hall of Famer W.A. Hulbert (1832-1882) I am not willing to grant the witihin request of Bechtel. Let my vote be recorded as NO: W. A. Hulbert, July 1/77 and Hall of Famer Morgan Bulkeley (1837-1922) Taking in view the comparatively short time before the annual meeting and my unfamiliarity with the case, should think best to await action until the regular meeting of the board. M.G. Bulkeley. Additionally signed by National League Board members Chas. A. Fowle, Chas. E. Chase and A. H. Soden in black ink.
Plea to Board of Directors, 7 x 8 1/2 in.
Sworn statement, 5 1/2 x 19 in.
Handwritten copy release, 8 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.
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