March 8, 1913
The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs was organized with John T. Powers as its president.
The Federal League operated as a “third major league” in 1914 and 1915 challenging the established National League and American League. It was the last league to compete with the N.L. and A.L. to actually make it to the field.
The National and American Leagues interference caused the league to go under after the 1915 season, but it had a lasting impression on baseball in America.
The Federal League sued the National League in federal court. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court where it ruled that the Sherman Antitrust Act didn’t apply to Major League Baseball. MLB has enjoyed that antitrust exemption ever since.
The other lasting legacy left from the Federal League is Wrigley Field. It was originally built for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. It was called Weeghman Park at the time.
Born on this day:
1939 Jim Bouton
1942 Dick Allen
1953 Jim Rice
Died on this day:
1999 Joe DiMaggio
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.