their regular professional ten / an amateur first-nine

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thuhoai

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Vietnam
Hi,everyone.

During the 1850-70 period the game was changing, however, with increasing commercialism (charging admission), under-the-table payments to exceptional players, and gambling on the outcome of games. By 1868 it was said that a club would have their regular professional ten, an amateur first-nine, and their “muffins” (the gentlemanly duffers who once ran the game).


I cannot get the meaning of "their regular professional ten" and "an amateur first-nine". Could you please hepl me out?

Thanks,
 
  • Sparky Malarky

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    English - US
    Thank you for providing a quote, but please tell us the source, and give a bit of context if you can. I can't even tell what game this is talking about.
     

    Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    Aha - it is baseball! A club had a total of 40 players, nine of whom were playing at any given moment. Of those 40, a club would usually have ten professional players and nine good amateur players. The rest would be "muffins."
     

    thuhoai

    Senior Member
    Vietnam
    Can I ask another question?
    "Frist" in "an amateur first-nine" makes me confusing. Could you please explain a little bit about it?
     
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