Davy Force, 1871

The 5’4” 130-pound shortstop Davy Force was one of the top players at his position in the early years of league play, but he seemed constitutionally incapable of playing more than one year with any club—in fact, in the five years of the National Association he played with five clubs. After signing with both Chicago and Philadelphia for 1876, his case was settled by the leadership of the NA, which sent him back to the Athletics and enfuriated William Hulbert, owner of the Chicago White Stockings … who proceeded to set up his own National League. This type of photographic scorecard was distributed by Mort Rogers at the Boston Grounds in 1871 and 1872.

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