After we confessed to hippodroming,
throwing away the pennant in ’77,
we were prepared for our punishment
Or so we thought:
hippodromers were expelled from the Association,
then re-instated within a few years
But in Mr. Hulbert’s League
the expulsion was for life
It wasn’t personal, according to Mr. Hulbert:
he even gave me a good sum of money
when I begged for another chance
But we learned the hard way that hippodroming
now meant the death penalty for our baseball lives