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Dick Higham from the Chronology
Jun 24, 1882 - Dick Higham becomes the first and only ML umpire to be expelled for dishonesty. Higham, who had previously played OF and C for 6 different teams, was accused of advising gamblers how to bet on NL games. Acting on a complaint brought by Detroit mayor William Thompson, who is also president of the Detroit Wolverines, the league's board of governors expels Higham. Higham, the first ump to use a protective mask, will end up as a bookkeeper in Chicago.
May 4, 1878 - Providence returns the favor and spoils Boston's home opener by winning 8-6. Dick Higham hits a 3-run HR over the cozy LF wall at the South End Grounds.
Oct 21, 1876 - Candy Cummings defeats Boston in the last game of the season to give Hartford a season record of 47-21. It is not quite good enough for 2nd place as St. Louis finishes 45-19 with all of the decisions being credited to the Brown Stockings' superb P George Bradley who hurls a record 16 shutouts. Hartford's Dick Higham goes hitless today for the first time since August 12 a skein of 24 games.
Aug 21, 1876 - The strain of pitching almost every game is taking its toll on Tommy Bond the 20-year-old sore-armed hurler of Hartford. Candy Cummings takes his place and beats Boston 10-4. SS George Wright pitches a scoreless 9th for the Red Caps. Dick Higham of Hartford starts a 24-game hit streak that will end on the last day of the season.
May 13, 1876 - Dick Higham of the Hartford Dark Blues hits into the first NL triple play against New York. It is the only bright spot for the Mutuals who lose 28-3. Hartford scores 15 in the 4th inning a ML record for that frame.
Aug 17, 1875 - The White Stockings open their home stand against the Athletics and take a 4-1 lead into the 8th. Three errors by 2B Dick Higham-tainted in the view of some-lead to 5 unearned runs and an 8-4 A's win. Only 2500 are on hand as fan interest is looking towards next year.
Jun 26, 1875 - The White Stockings lose another to Philadelphia 4-3. A Chicago Tribune reporter calling for the team to disband saying ". . . there seems no good excuse for keeping up the present nine. . . .already the public is disgusted with them." The Chicago Times reporter feels that the Whites sold out and that Dick Higham the catcher lost the game for them.
Jul 13, 1871 - The Haymakers of Troy defeat the Mutuals of Brooklyn 9-7. to give them 3 wins and the season series over the Mutuals. The day is marred by the assault of Clipper Lynn Troy's 1B by Dick Higham of the Mutes. Flynn says that Higham hit him in the face for no reason.
May 13, 1870 - The Unions of Morrisania losing 6-3 in the 9th to the Philadelphia Athletics score 4 runs inn the 9th to win 7-6. Dick Higham helps with a home run.