Western League: A Baseball History,1885 through 1999

Overview

One of the first minor leagues in history, the Western League (previously the Northwestern League) was founded in 1885 and was the predecessor of today's American League. Numerous Hall of Famers spent time in the Western League, including Charles Comiskey, Dizzy Dean, and Connie Mack. The league's demise in the minors came in the 1950s, but it was revived in 1995 as an independent league on the West Coast with no relation to the majors. This work documents the Western League's history from 1885 through 1999. ...
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Overview

One of the first minor leagues in history, the Western League (previously the Northwestern League) was founded in 1885 and was the predecessor of today's American League. Numerous Hall of Famers spent time in the Western League, including Charles Comiskey, Dizzy Dean, and Connie Mack. The league's demise in the minors came in the 1950s, but it was revived in 1995 as an independent league on the West Coast with no relation to the majors. This work documents the Western League's history from 1885 through 1999. Included are photographs of teams and individuals as well as in-depth statistics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786410033
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/11/2002
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

W.C. Madden is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the author of 23 books. A former editor and journalism instructor, he lives in Monticello, Indiana. SABR member Patrick J. Stewart, is a mechanical designer living in Flat Rock, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
Abbreviations Used 3
1. The Inaugural Season 5
2. The Early Years (1886-1893) 13
3. The Johnson Years (1894-1899) 34
4. A New Century, A New League (1900-1937) 57
5. Class D Era (1939-1941) 200
6. After the War (1947-1958) 211
7. The Independent Phase (1995-Present) 270
8. League Records 293
9. League Officials 302
10. All-Time Players and Team 310
Bibliography 313
Index 315
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