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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Today in Baseball History: The Federal League begins play

On this date in 1914 the first Federal League game was played in Baltimore, where the Terrapins defeated the Buffalo Buffeds 3-2. A crowd estimated at 27,000 watched the first big league game in Baltimore since the Orioles left for New York to become the Highlanders and then, the year before, the Yankees.

Wait, major league game? In Baltimore, before the current Orioles team moved there from St. Louis in the 50s? Was the Federal League a major league?

Yep, it was. A short-lived one, but one whose legacy is still very much with us today. Let’s talk about it, shall we?

After a lot of chaos, turmoil and shaking out of upstart leagues and teams in the late 19th Century, baseball, as a business, was doing quite well by the early 19-teens. The National League and American League had had a decade or so of peaceful and organized co-existence, the World Series was well-established and big stars were becoming national, as opposed to merely local, celebrities. Against that backdrop a couple of efforts were made to form competitor leagues to get in on some of that action.

The story of a third league- and as good a place as any to consider the history of the various rivals to the National League, successful, semi-successful, or not at all.


QLE Posted: April 14, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 3 comment(s)
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