Players were yelling something a whole lot nastier than “You’re blind, ump!” at baseball games in the 1890s.
And it’s all there in writing, on a withered 1898 document called “Special Instructions to Players” that’s up for bid by a New Jersey auction house.
“In terms of language,” says the Robert Edward Auction Web site, “it is the most offensive official major league baseball document that we have ever seen.”
In one scorching, asterisk-free passage, the document reads: “Such brutal language as ‘you c- – -sucking son of a bitch!’ ‘You p- – -k-eating bastard!’ ‘You c- – -lapping dog!’ ‘A dog must have f- – -ed your mother when she made you!’ . . . and many other revolting terms are used by a limited number of players to intimidate umpires and opposing players.”