Federal League Newsbeat
Friday, November 22, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 22, 1913:
Formation of a fourth big league to aid in a reported fight of organized baseball against the Federal League and its invasion of protected territory is underway, according to a story printed [in Chicago].
The new circuit has the backing of organized ball, says the story, and is to have teams in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
George Tebeau of the Kansas City Association club is named as the one who has planned the new circuit.
Four teams in Chicago, three each in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. What could possibly go wrong? (Obviously this didn’t happen.)
Monday, November 11, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 11, 1913:
President Ban Johnson and the entire American League are enthusiastic over the selection of Gov. John K. Tener of Pennsylvania to succeed Thomas J. Lynch as president of the National League.
Meanwhile the Federal League has decided to make a definite proposition to Mr. Lynch to accept the presidency of that circuit.
It takes some stones for an upstart outlaw league to try to bring the departing NL president on board. It didn’t work out, though, and they ended up hiring ChiFeds owner James Gilmore to be league president.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 5, 1913:
The Federal League has come out openly with the declaration that it will disregard the reserve clause and will sign players whose contracts have expired regardless of whether they are on the reserve list of clubs in the National and American leagues.
Such a move would promptly result in competitive bidding for players…The team of today would be a different aggregation tomorrow. Contracts would be binding for one, two or three years, or as high as money will permit them to run. High-priced stars would benefit of course. Salaries would mount to the prohibitive point. Clubs would not make money. Investments would fail. This changing of identities on the part of clubs and leagues would destroy public sentiment and interest in the game.
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Monday, November 04, 2013
Pittsburgh Press, November 4, 1913:
From Cleveland comes a rumor that the American league men will discuss a proposition from the American association to place clubs in Cleveland and Pittsburg [sic] for the purpose of killing off the Federals in those cities. It is understood that the American association men are anxious to use Forbes Field in the Smoky City and the Naps’ park in Cleveland, with the consent of Owners Dreyfuss and Somers, respectively. But if such a plan should be permitted, the American association would have to increase its circuit to 10 clubs, an arrangement both unwieldy and unprofitable.
So…Cleveland owner Charles Somers is involved in a plan to have an American Association team play in Cleveland, but they don’t want to expand the AA. Charles Somers just happens to own a team in the AA. Toledo fans, you may want to look away. This is going to suck for a while.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Milwaukee Journal, November 1, 1913:
Four cities, Baltimore, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Milwaukee will ask for places in the circuit of the federal baseball league when the directors of the organization open their two days’ session [in Indianapolis] this morning. Baltimore…practically is assured of being one of the two towns to be taken into the league.
Which of the other three towns will secure the eighth place in the circuit was an open question and only could be decided by a vote of the directors, it was said. Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis each will retain its franchise.
Well, not Cleveland. That franchise ended up in Brooklyn and the two new teams were in Baltimore and Buffalo.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, October 28, 1913:
BALTIMORE, MD., Oct. 27.—A company was incorporated here today to organize a baseball club to represent this city in the Federal League. A franchise has been acquired and an option secured on grounds near those of the International League club. The enterprise has the backing of a number of prominent Baltimore business men.
They got a baseball club, the rest of us got an inexplicable Supreme Court ruling.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 24, 1913:
“We’ll either have major league baseball next season or we’ll quit,” was the emphatic declaration made by a stockholder in the St. Louis Federal League club Tuesday…“We aim to start a war.”
“We realize that it will require a lot of money to start a third major league. What we must do is to take the players from the National and American Leagues and to do that we realize we must have money—about $300,000 in each city. Well, we’ve got that much.
“Understand that after the Federal League makes its raid there will not be three major leagues. There’ll only be two because there are not enough major league players for three leagues. Therefore, one will be forced to drop out.
Well, one did drop out. He got that part right.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
El Paso Herald, June 13, 1913:
John J. O’Connor, manager of the St. Louis Federal baseball team, is to test the legality of organized baseball in the federal courts.
The petition…charges that the National baseball agreement is a violation of the Sherman anti-trust law. The legality of the “reserve clause” in baseball contracts is attacked.
This wasn’t the lawsuit that resulted in the exemption, but it’s interesting to me that there were multiple cases from the Federal League that were about essentially the same thing.
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