Anson personally was opposed to playing in games against black players, at least during his major league career. But the connection between Anson's position on the subject and the most momentous pro-segregation decision by a top minor league of the day, the International League, in July 1887, is speculative. For example, there is no evidence that owners were worried "that similar showdowns could mean the loss of considerable gate receipts." What there is evidence of is hostility within the International League to its having adding several black players that season beyond its 1886 total of one, to reach a high of seven. Right after the vote, the sports weekly Sporting Life reported, "Several representatives declared that many of the best players in the league are anxious to leave on account of the colored element, and the board finally directed Secretary [C.D.] White to approve of no more contracts with colored men."