The second and third one-day internationals against New Zealand were disappointing from the point of view of and England fan, but even in defeat there was a certain satisfaction to them. At the Rose Bowl, England lost pretty comfortably , but still scored 300 and almost snatched the game with a flurry of late New Zealand wickets. At The Oval, England lost and conceded their record ODI total, and yet almost chased it down . Both times England lost, but they lost with verve and courage. They lost trying to entertain us. And in the process, they learned a valuable lesson: we’ll forgive them for it .
The Union Association survived for only one season (1884), as did the Players' League (1890), an attempt to return to the National Association structure of a league controlled by the players themselves. Both leagues are considered major leagues by many baseball researchers because of the perceived high caliber of play and the number of star players featured. However, some researchers have disputed the major league status of the Union Association, pointing out that franchises came and went and contending that the St. Louis club, which was deliberately "stacked" by the league's president (who owned that club), was the only club that was anywhere close to major league caliber.