Ward Sold! Walter F Hewitt, the twenty-eight year old President of the Washington Baseball Club shocks the baseball world by purchasing John Montgomery Ward.
John Ward had been a top-notch pitcher and was now one of the best shortstops in the game. He was also a lawyer and leader of the player�s union.
The decisions that Walter Hewitt and the twenty-nine year old John Ward make in 1889 will have a profound effect on the status of major league baseball in the District for many years to come.
But there are complications.
1. John Ward is the star shortstop for the New York Giants currently on a world tour
organized by Al Spalding, former player and now President of the League Chicago
2. Ward is also an executive in the baseball players union.
3. The union is angry over a recent attempt by the League to implement a classification
system that is designed to hold down wages. What will the union do?
4. Walter Hewitt must get Ward to agree to play for Washington AND acquire all the team�s
5. Walter lacks the expertise and cash to compete with the other League clubs. He
desperately needs someone with the smarts and baseball savvy run the team.
Oh, there is a baseball season that has to be played.
This book is a detailed chronological history of the 1889 Washington Senators. It is written in chronological order, using information from the period. This is how the players were viewed during their own time. This is another in our series of books on the early years of baseball in the District.
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