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katakowsj  ·  465 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Cincinnati Turned Baseball Into a National Sensation

    As the league’s first openly salaried club, the Red Stockings made professionalism – which had been previously frowned upon – acceptable to the American public.

Sounds similar to grumblings about paying modern day collegiate athletes, rather than continue to have them operate as, tuition aside, indentured servants for their schools.