The League That Lasted

The League That Lasted

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In the early 1870s, baseball was chaos, mired in mismanagement and corruption. William Hulbert, the owner of Chicago's National Association team, believed that a league run efficiently with honest competition would survive and flourish. Hulbert, relying on his pragmatic philosophy of qmolasses now, vinegar laterq and working with his prize recruit Albert Spalding, founded the National League in 1876. That inaugural season of the National League is chronicled in this heavily documented work. The league fell far short of Hulbert's dreams in its first season, but he stuck to his belief that integrity would win out in the end. He not only prohibited Sunday baseball and the sale and consumption of alcohol within the league's ballparks, but ousted two teams--New York and Philadelphia--from the league because they failed to meet their obligation to finish out the season. Despite the setbacks, scandals, and considerable opposition, all of which are thoroughly covered here, the National League survived its first year.1876 and the Founding of the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs Neil W. Macdonald ... The St. Louis-Hartford race for second would be the focus of what interest there was left in National League baseball as the lazy languor of August settled over the ... St. Louis had mounted such a vigorous campaign that complaints now circulated from owner to owner concerning their exuberant efforts .

Title:The League That Lasted
Author: Neil W. Macdonald
Publisher:McFarland - 2004-05-04

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