And you thought this was a family blog? We would not normally print the off-color language you see above, but in this case it seems appropriate, as it is excerpted from an official league document from the year 1897, a directive intended to eradicate swearing in baseball. Yes, it’s amazing how “fresh” this language seems today, more than a century later—so fresh that an online auction house isn’t quite sure whether it should be sold. A bit of background: The chief proponent of this hopeless proposal was John T. Brush, then owner of the NL’s Cincinatti franchise. It was much ridiculed at the time, as was Brush, who had a penchant for needlessly draconian action that irritated both players and his fellow owners. (You can read all about Brush in my book, Spalding’s World Tour.) Suffice it to say, boys will be boys. Always have been. Always will be.