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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Athletic: A baseball Super League? The Yankees, Red Sox and others tried and failed long before soccer [$]

But let’s talk baseball, and about that time a collection of sports teams considered leaving the mother ship to join a new league. It happened a century ago, when the owners of three disgruntled American League clubs threatened to join the eight-team National League to form what sportswriters around the country were calling the New National.

To put it as simply as possible, the three owners — Harry Frazee of the Boston Red Sox, Charles Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox, and Jacob Ruppert, who co-owned the New York Yankees with Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston — had had it up to here with American League czar Ban Johnson. These three “Insurrectos,” as they were called, were willing to rip the baseball map into little pieces and start over again.

They anticipated that a fourth AL team would step up and join them. If not, they were going to plop an expansion team somewhere like Detroit. Had they gone through with their plan, the 12-team New National would thus include the Yankees, who just happened to have in their employ the game’s greatest star: Babe Ruth.

The American League would have been left in shambles, either limping along with four or five teams or whipping up a few expansion teams. The league may well have folded in a few years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2021 at 06:26 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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