League That Lasted: 1876 and the Founding of the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs

Overview

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 "molasses now, vinegar later" and working with his prize recruit Albert Spalding, founded the National League in 1876.

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Overview

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 "molasses now, vinegar later" 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.

About the Author
Neil W. Macdonald has been a sports reporter, sports editor and is presently a strength training coach at a local senior center. A member of SABR, he lives in Blaine, Washington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786417551
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil W. Macdonald has been a sports reporter, sports editor and is presently a strength training coach at a local senior center. A member of SABR, he lives in Blaine, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Darkness Upon the Face of Baseball 1
2 The Signing of "The Four" 12
3 Creation 21
4 Western Wooing 33
5 All Quiet on the Eastern Front 43
6 A Day Reserved for Groundhogs 52
7 Press Reaction 59
8 The Dickens with Great Expectations 71
9 Picked Nines and the Pick of Nines 83
10 The First Game 92
11 May Days 103
12 Baseball Bustin' Out All Over 116
13 Happy Birthday America 126
14 31 Innings, 2 or 3 Days, 1 Game 133
15 Striving to Be Second 140
16 No No 143
17 Dog Days 153
18 The Runs of August 162
19 Summertime and the Livin' Ain't Easy 175
20 Days Dwindling Down 185
21 Westward No! The Mutes and A's 191
22 The Many Misters of October 201
23 Hail Hulbert! 212
Epilogue: Extra Innings 219
Chapter Notes 223
Bibliography 245
Index 251
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