Major Leagues: The Formation, Sometimes Absorption and Mostly Inevitable Demise of 18 Professional Baseball Organizations, 1871 to Present

Major Leagues: The Formation, Sometimes Absorption and Mostly Inevitable Demise of 18 Professional Baseball Organizations, 1871 to Present

by David Pietrusza
     
 

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New major leagues have sprung up throughout the history of baseball, both long-term successes (the American and National leagues) and the transitory, of which the Federal League (1914-15) and the Mexican League (1946) were two.

Some leagues were born of noble motives (the Union Association, 1884, to abolish the reserve clause); others, farcical (the Global

Overview

New major leagues have sprung up throughout the history of baseball, both long-term successes (the American and National leagues) and the transitory, of which the Federal League (1914-15) and the Mexican League (1946) were two.

Some leagues were born of noble motives (the Union Association, 1884, to abolish the reserve clause); others, farcical (the Global League, 1969). And many were stillborn, never playing that first inning (such as the Continental League, 1959-60). Here is their history and an analysis of the conditions that determined success or failure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786425303
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/09/2005
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

David Pietrusza, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, has written numerous articles about baseball. He lives in Scotia, New York.

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