Such is the case with the 1913 edition of Spalding's baseball guide. It can be found for free on the internet in all sorts of formats. This is part one of an ongoing series in which I will investigate excerpts of a hidden treasure.
Spalding's Baseball Guide - 1913: on foul language
It has ever been the policy of the GUIDE to stand for clean and high class Base Ball. Twenty per cent. more women attend ballgames than ten years ago. Eighty per cent. more women spectators are likely to attend games five years from now. To encourage their attendance every effort should be made to eliminate all disgraceful conversation on the field.
As a general rule two good reasons may be advanced for disputes on the part of players.
First: Desire to "cover up" the player's own blunder.
Second: General "cussedness."