The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs: The History of an Outlaw Major League, 1914-1915

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McFarland, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 362 pages
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The last independent major league ended its brief run in 1915, after only two seasons at the national pastime's top level. But no competitor to establishment baseball ever exerted so much influence on its rival, with some of the most recognizable elements of the game today--including the commissioner system, competition for free agents, baseball's antitrust exemption, and even the beloved Wrigley Field--traceable to the so-called outlaw organization known as the Federal League of Base Ball Clubs.
This comprehensive history covers the league from its formation in 1913 through its buyout, dissolution, and legal battles with the National and American leagues. The day-to-day operation of the franchises, the pennant races and outstanding players, the two-year competitive battle for fans and players, and the short- and long-term impact on the game are covered in detail.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Federal League Beginnings
9
A Challenge to Organized Baseball
21
Lucky Charley
28
A Fifty Per Cent Raise Looked Too Good to Turn Down
35
The Baseball Players Fraternity
45
The Federal League Survives a Crisis
51
An Embarrassing Situation
186
Opening Day 2
193
Benny Kauff Goes Astray
201
Rebels Resurgent
207
The Top Whale Goes Down
214
Buffalos Got the Blues
218
This Season You Are Playing for Me
222
The Colonial League
228

Ad Brennan and Tom Seaton
58
The World Tourists
62
Opening Day
66
The Nerviest Proposition I Ever Saw
72
Three Finger Brown
78
Weeghmans Edifice of Beauty
84
The Emery Ball Specialist
93
The Terrapins Set the Pace
99
Rowdyism and Umpire Woes
105
Washington Park
110
Pittsburghs Rebels
117
I Will Pitch for the One That Gives Me the Most Money
123
Prince Hal
128
Ty Cobb of the Feds
135
Tinkers Invalids
142
Fielder Jones
147
The Stretch Run
152
A Gloomy State of Affairs
160
The Big Train Almost Becomes the Federal Express
168
The Federal League vs Organized Baseball
173
Jumpers and FlipFloppers
178
Lee Magee Style
232
My Resignation Was Wired to Mr Ball This Afternoon
240
The Belgium of Baseball
245
The Deacon Takes the Pulpit
249
The Tribunes Amateurs
256
Davenport and Plank
264
The Pivotal Series
269
The Big Bluff
276
Peace
284
The Big Auction
291
The Aftershock
298
The BrownsTerriers
305
The CubsWhales
311
The Outcasts
318
The Benny Kauff Story
322
Back into Good Society
329
Epilogue
336
Chapter Notes
341
Bibliography
353
Index
355
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Robert Peyton Wiggins is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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