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The Outlaw League and the Battle That Forged Modern Baseball

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In late 1913, the newly formed Federal League declared itself a major league in competition with the established National and American Leagues. Backed by some of America’s wealthiest merchants and industrialists, the new organization posed a real challenge to baseball’s prevailing structure. For the next two years the well-established leagues fought back furiously in the press, in the courts, and on the field. The story of this fascinating and complex historical battle centers on the machinations of both the ...
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Overview

In late 1913, the newly formed Federal League declared itself a major league in competition with the established National and American Leagues. Backed by some of America’s wealthiest merchants and industrialists, the new organization posed a real challenge to baseball’s prevailing structure. For the next two years the well-established leagues fought back furiously in the press, in the courts, and on the field. The story of this fascinating and complex historical battle centers on the machinations of both the owners and the players, as the Federals struggled for profits and status, and players organized baseball’s first real union. Award-winning author Daniel R. Levitt gives the most authoritative account yet published of the short-lived Federal League, the last professional baseball league to challenge the National and American League monopoly.

This paperback edition was first printed in hardcover as The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball. An eBook edition is also available under the original title.

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Editorial Reviews

The Capital Times
Author Daniel R. Levitt, in his new book The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball, offers up the most authoritative account yet of the short-lived league.
Andrew Zimbalist
In this compelling narrative, Levitt uncovers the economic and legal battles between Organized Baseball and its last rival, the Federal League of 1913-15. Anyone seeking to understand how Major League Baseball (or the other U.S. sports leagues) came to be structured as the closed monopolies that they are today will benefit from reading Levitt's excellent book.
Charles C. Alexander
Daniel L. Levitt's book on the Federal League is the best work on the subject up to now. Thoroughly researched andwell-written, it is particularlyimpressive in its detailed narrative and analysis of the corporate, financial, and legal aspects of the Federal League's potent challenge to the two established major leagues—a challenge that, while ultimately unsuccessful, eventuated in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark exemption of Organized Baseball from the federal antitrust laws.
John Thorn
If we recall the Federal League today it is for its last gasp: the Supreme Court decision of 1922 that provided Major League Baseball with an antitrust exemption that has endured to the present day. But the story of how it began, briefly flourished, frayed, and collapsed, is a fascinating and instructive tale on many fronts. No one has ever told it more compellingly than Dan Levitt; I cannot recommend his book highly enough.
New York Journal of Books
Anyone who wants to advance beyond the stage of fandom to understand what it takes to establish and run professional baseball would do well to read Mr. Levitt’s fascinating book.
The Past In Review
Dan Levitt has produced a well-researched, well-written account of the machinations of both the Federal League and Organized Baseball as they challenged each other to compete in the same venue. This is not dry, legal stuff but an entertaining and informative recreation of the rough and tumble times of the American game.
Capital Times
Author Daniel R. Levitt, in his new book The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball, offers up the most authoritative account yet of the short-lived league.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589799547
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/7/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 1,371,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning writer and researcher Daniel R. Levitt is the author of several critically acclaimed books on baseball, including Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way, with Mark Armour which won the Sporting News–SABR Baseball Research Award. Levitt is a longtime member of the The Society for American Baseball Research, and a past president of the Minnesota chapter. He lives in Minneapolis.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Dramatis Personae
Chapter 1: The Opening Salvo
Chapter 2: America Meets Sports Leagues
Chapter 3: Rumblings
Chapter 4: Going Major
Chapter 5: A Real Players Union
Chapter 6: The Battle for Chicago
Chapter 7: Organized Baseball Responds
Chapter 8: The Season Opens: On the Field and in the Courts
Chapter 9: The Struggle Continues
Chapter 10: A Possible Settlement
Chapter 11: Player Reinforcements
Chapter 12: Antitrust Attack
Chapter 13: Owner Reinforcements
Chapter 14: A Long Summer
Chapter 15: The Final Countdown
Chapter 16: Aftermath
Notes
Sources
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