The FEDERAL LEAGUE

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The Federal League was the third major baseball league, competing against the American and National leagues. It operated as a major league from 1914 to 1915. Though the league was short-lived, its effects on the game then were great and still effect major league baseball to this very day.

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On this day, May 20 in Federal League history
1914
Wednesday
International League president Barrows refuses to permit Montreal to take back players Frank Smith and John Allen, who had jumped that club to play for the Baltimore Terrapins.
In front of only 350 fans, the Rebels defeated the Whales 6-5 in 11 innings. The winning run was scored by pinch-runner Skipper Roberts after two men were out.
Russell Ford pitched the local team to victory in the closing game of the series with St. Louis, 2-1.
With Tom Seaton in fine form and his team mates giving him faultless support, Brooklyn defeated Indianapolis, 2-0 at Washington Park.
Kansas City starter Pete Henning was batted around but lasted to pitch a complete game victory over host Baltimore, 7-6.

Standings as of May 20, 1914
TeamWinsLossesPct.
BAL1670.696
CHI15120.556
STL15130.536
IND13120.520
BKN11100.524
BUF10130.435
KC12170.414
PIT9170.346

Today's Games
BKN 2 - IND 0
BUF 2 - STL 1
PIT 6 - CHI 5
KC 7 at BAL 6
Standings as of May 20, 1915
TeamWinsLossesPct.
PIT19120.613
NWK18120.600
CHI17130.567
KC15130.536
BKN15130.536
STL12150.444
BAL12180.400
BUF9210.300

Today's Game
BUF 11 at STL 1

  Did you know?

Hall of Famer Walter Johnson had signed to play for the Chicago Whales in 1915. He was given a $6,000 bonus but was later convinced by the Washington Senators to break his contract and go back to the American League. There was a slight problem as Johnson had already given the bonus money to his brother. Senators owner, Clark Griffith tried to raise the money so that it could be given back to the Federal League. He asked American League president Ban Johnson for the money but was flatly refused. Griffith then asked Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey who asked why should he give the money. Griffith replied, "how would you like to have Walter Johnson playings for the Chifeds next season and drawing all those fans away from the White Sox?". Comiskey gave Griffith the money.

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