1914: New York Times article. (Added Apr., 2009)
The New York Times - August 26, 1914
BAY CITY CLUB QUITS.
Finded for Rioting, It Withdraws From South Michigan League.
Bay City, Mich., Aug. 25. -- As a climax to riots which occurred at the local baseball park last Friday and Saturday, the Bay City Club today withdrew from the South Michigan League. Action was taken by Directors of the team after President James Frank of the South Michigan League refused to reinstate the Bay City players whom he suspended and fined after the trouble on Saturday. It is probable that a meeting of the league Directors will be held tomorrow to decide what course to take.
Bay City players and fans became angered at decisions made in the game with South Bend on Friday. Umpires Blake and Green were badly battered. Trouble of a similar nature occurred Saturday and President Frank suspended Caesar, Steel, Coombs and Barry of the Bay City Club. Yesterday, when the Saginaw-Bay City game at Bay City was about to start Manager Jenkins refused to allow his team to play unless the suspended players were in the line-up. Umpire Slear, fearing another riot, decided the game should be played under Jenkin's conditions. During the argument more than 2,000 persons swarmed on the diamond and the game eventually was called off.
Last night President Frank fined the Bay City Club $200 and Jenkins $100 for “playing the men in defiance of the suspension order.”
The club was fined an additional $25 for not furnishing police protection to the umpires last week. The club owners decided today to withdraw from organized baseball rather than pay the fines.
The league has had a turbulent season. The Toledo Club has played nearly all its games on the road because of poor home patronage, and the Lansing team was transferred to Mount Clemens several weeks ago.