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Just last year, a fantastic book, The Battle That Forged Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy, was published.
the best of the Federal League players, with the exception of Kauff, were barely good enough to play in the real Major Leagues at all.
Was anyone's Hall of Fame case markedly harmed or improved by their Federal League numbers? It looks like Edd Roush had only about 2150 hits in the NL.
what happened to all these guys in 1916 and '17?
The Baseball Encyclopedia no longer exists, nor are there any other records that come with Major League Baseball’s exclusive imprimatur. Nothing is official.
If you buy the 1914 or 1915 season from APBA or Skeetersoft, the Federal League teams will be included. The same is true for the homebrewed 1914 and 1915 DMB seasons.
The PCL was never close to major league quality, despite what its sepia-toned remembrances would have us believe, especially not by the late 40s/50s. It was a good AAA league, in its prime in the 1920s/30s (before MLB had fully built out the farm system), better than AAA leagues would later be, but not meaningfully better than the International League or the American Association, and never at any point close to as good as the AL or NL.
There was a very nice SABR publication about the Fed League some years ago.
Vin Campbell put up a 108 OPS+ as a 22-24 year old from 1910-1912, then for some reason there's no record of him playing professionally in 1913
Wasn't there a player who had to keep showing up at a Federal League ballpark in 1916 (after the league disbanded) in order to keep getting paid? Amusing story if true.
Fred Dunlap gets votes every year in HOM voting because of that UA classification. If only the PCL of 1924-1925 were major leagues, Tony Lazzeri would have flown in!
I doubt people would have the same feeling in Portland, San Diego or Oakland.
It's interesting to think what would've happened had the FL existed beyond 1915. It probably wouldn't have survived the WW1 years, tho; hell, the real major leagues barely did.
Am I the only person who thinks Federal League throwback jerseys would be fun? Yankees get Newark, Mets get Brooklyn, Toronto takes Buffalo.
I'm not saying it's decisive, but but like Schalk it's kind of tough to explain why he's in the hall and maybe that helped.
Bingo and bingo. Now how many three-league stadiums can you come up with?
(two major sports and Papal visit)
There were some truly great players in the USFL, while it's difficult to find great players in the Federal League.
Now how many three-league stadiums can you come up with?
I'm also not really sure how I feel about MLB determining what is & isn't major league
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