[Addison or Elmira, N. Y.?]: n. p., [ca. 1906?]. First edition. Broadside, approx. 5.5 x 11 inches. Item #17966
“Great apprehension is felt by many of our best citizens for the future of our nation. Discordant and disintegrating elements are multiplying.” What poses this threat to the “foundation rock” of America? The violation of the Sunday sabbath by a proposed new local law that would allow Sunday baseball in Addison, New York. With elements here of Anglo-Saxon anxiety over the immigrant elements and Irish-Americans who were often the greatest proponents of Sunday baseball. Sunday baseball was a fraught issue in the early twentieth century (Al Smith had as a State Assemblyman supported the unsuccessful 1907 bills to legalize Sunday ball in New York) and newspapers from nearby Elmira in 1906 suggest lawsuits were flying around town because of the use of public parks for Sunday amateur baseball. Dr. W. E. Barron (1866-1942).