Our hero Jimmy "Kohinoor" McCarthy has been falsely accused by a newspaper of consorting with gamblers. This is his first game back after being suspended by team manager Clancy.
Thirty thousand persons were packed into the big stands on the Bears' Park, and ten thousand other camped in the outer field seats when the teams ran out to play that day.(Credits: Manager Clancy is actually John McGraw (the little fat guy; the other guy is the "Tall Tactician," Connie Mack. You don't want to know what they're doing with that bat), picture from the National Baseball Hall of Fame; "big stands" pic is actually of the 1941 all-star game in Detroit, from the Detroit News; pic of crowd sitting in the outfield is by the inimitable Drunkawife; and the baseball players running onto the field are actually Iowa Hawkeye football players, courtesy (well, they don't actually know I used it) of the University of Iowa in, let's see here, Iowa.
The little scattering applause that greeted [McCarthy] grew and grew until the crowd applauded heartily and gave round after round of applause for the third baseman. It was the American spirit of fair play and justice revealing itself, and the crowd accepting Manager Clancy's confidence in his third baseman, rendered its verdict of not guilty in cheers.
Update: Earlier (and vital) Cardinals post here.