It's 1886, and Mike "King" Kelly is a hard-drinking star of the National League's best team, the Chicago White Stockings. Manager and first baseman Cap Anson appreciates Kelly's play — when sober — but dislikes Kelly's nocturnal antics.
The White Stockings announce that Kelly has been fined for being out drinking lemonade at 3 a.m.
The King is miffed.
"I never drank lemonade at such an hour in my life," he declares earnestly. "It was straight whiskey."