This is a list of the players who served in World War II. This list only includes players who were on a FABL roster when they either enlisted or were drafted, plus selected retired players or highly ranked prospects who had not yet debuted in FABL. Many players who were in the minors (or retired) at the time of induction into military service are not included.

 

KEY: 
ETO: European Theater of Operations
PTO: Pacific Theater of Operations
CBI: China-Burma-India
MTO: Mediterranean Theater of Operations
USA: Home Defense/Training United States
USCG: United States Coast Guard
USAAF: United States Army Air Forces
CAN: Home Defense/Training Canada
CZ: Panama Canal Zone
RCAF: Royal Canadian Air Force
TBD: Theater TBD at time of posting KIA: Killed in action

 

Player Team Position Service Theater Seasons Missed
Abe Abingdon PHI P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Sammy Alger NYG P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Joe Angevine NYS SS US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Ira Armtrong STL 2B US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Charlie Ashmore DET P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Jim Baker NYS P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Effa Bancroft BRK P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Lou Barker DET P US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Bill Barrett NYS OF US Marine Corps USA/PACIFIC  43 - TBD
James "Stumpy" Beaman BRK P USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Mal Bianco STL P US Army MTO/ETO  43 - TBD
Heinie Billings MON OF USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Jim Birdwell WAS P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Dick Blaszak CIN OF US Marine Corps PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Robert "Red" Bond MON 1B US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Bobby Boone NYG OF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Art Brandon PIT P US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Roosevelt Brewer NYG 2B US Army USA  43 - TBD
Charlie Britton BRK P US Marine Corps PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Joe Brown CHI C USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Frank Buchanan PIT 1B USAAF PACIFIC  42 - TBD
Frank Bunch Jr NYG 1B US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Bill Burkett BOS OF USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Henry Bush WAS IF US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Tommy Butler PIT SS US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Bud Canfield PHI P US Navy ATLANTIC/PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Harry Carter NYG P US Navy USA  43 - TBD
George Chadwick CHI 3B-1B US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Otto Christian CHC 3B USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
George Cleaves PIT C USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Jeff Cochran PHI OF US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Chuck Cole NYS P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Rich Conway DET SS USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Henry "Slim" Cook PHS P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Al Cox PIT 2B USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Terry Cox CIN IF US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Si Crocker CLE OF US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Bob Crowley CHI P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Robert Curry NYS P US Navy USA  42 - TBD 
Ray Dalpman BOS P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Jack D Davis BRK C US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
George Dellinger CLE 3B US Navy ATLANTIC  42 - TBD 
Cotton Dillon PHS OF US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Rube Dixon NYG 3B US Army PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Jim Douglass WAS P US Army CANAL ZONE  42 - TBD 
Wally Doyle MON P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Al Duster PHS P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Lou Eaker CHI P US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Bob Edgin SA 1B US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Art Edwards CIN P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
John Edwards BOS P US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Robert "Bunny" Edwards NYG P US Marine Corps USA  43 - TBD
Gary Ely PIT SS USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Hal Entwhistle PHS 3B USAAF ETO  43 - TBD
Donald "Duke" Evans BRK 2B US Army USA  43 - TBD
Jimmie Field BRK 3B US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Ray Ford CHC 1B USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Tom Frederick TOR OF USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Harry Frenette NYG P Canadian Army CANADA  43 - TBD
Milt Fritz CHI P US Navy ATLANTIC  43 - TBD
Abel Gardner STL 2B US Navy USA  43 - TBD
George Garrison TOR P US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Danny Goff Jr CHC P/IF/OF US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Jack Goff BRK P US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Willie Gonzalez Jr BRK P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Sam Goodwin CIN P US Army PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Frank Gordon DET P US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Skeeter Gray CHI OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Ed Greenwood PHI OF USAAF USA   42 - TBD 
Paul Grell DET P USAAF USA   42 - TBD 
Peter "Whitey" Griffin MON P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Albert "Al" Gross WAS 2B US Marine Corps PACIFIC  42 - TBD
Andy Gross NYS 3B US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Harl Haines CHC P US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Willie Hall PHS 2B US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Eli Harkless CLE OF USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Roy Harris CIN OF US Army CANAL ZONE  42 - TBD 
Jim Hatfield SA  1B US Army ETO  42 - TBD
Eddie Heaton PHS OF US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Tom Henderson NYG P US Marine Corps PTO  42 - TBD 
Les Hendrix STL OF USAAF PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Dave Henry BOS OF USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Joe Herman BRK 1B US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Al Hess PHI 2B US Army MTO  43 - TBD
Bill Hooker BRK 2B US Army MTO  43 - TBD
Johnny Hopper NYS C/UMPIRE US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Del Huddleston NYS 2B US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Alex Ingraham CHC OF US Navy USA  42 - TBD 
Billy Bob Johnson PIT 3B US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Lou Johnson WAS P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Bob Johnston Jr. STL 1B US Navy PTO  43 - TBD
Ralph Joiner CIN 2B US Army USA  43 - TBD
Bill Jones CHI OF US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Donnie Jones CHC P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Ed Jordan MON OF US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Ralph Kendall CHI P USAAF USA  42 - TBD 
John Kennedy STL C US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Jim Klingberg CLE IF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Walt Knight CLE 1B USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Dick Lamb CLE P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
John Langille CIN 2B RCAF CANADA  43 - TBD
John Lawson CHC 3B US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Cedric "Rip" Lee PHS SS-3B US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Mike Lee BOS P US Army USA  41 - TBD
Robert "Dixie" Lee NYS  P US Army USA  41 - TBD
Frank Lightbody BRK OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Jim Lightbody BRK 1B US Army PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Mike Logan STL C US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Dick Long STL P US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Bruce Lucas PHS 2B USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Bob Mark WAS 1B USAAF ETO  43 - TBD
Lee Marshall PHS P US Naval Reserve USA  42 - TBD 
Bill May CHI OF US Army CANAL ZONE  43 - TBD
Gordon McCarley MON OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Jim McCarthy PHS 3B US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Fred McCormick TOR 1B US Army USA  41 - TBD
Ernie McCoy MON OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Charley McCullough CIN 2B US Navy USA  42 - TBD 
Rats McGonigle BRK OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Luke Micheals STL SS US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Eddie Miller BRK C US Army USA  43 - TBD
Robert J. "Bob" Miller DET OF US Navy USA  42 - TBD 
David Molina PHS P US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Eugene "Mule" Monier NYG SS US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Bobby Montefusco BOS P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Carlos Montes CHC OF US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Edmund "Red" More TOR P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Walter Morgan CLE IF USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Jim Morrison TOR P US Army USA  42 - TBD 
John Moss BRK OF USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Thomas "Rabbit" Mudd DET IF USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Bill Murnane NYG 1B US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Art Myers BOS P US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Charlie Nathan CLE OF US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Fred Nelson BOS P US Army ETO  43 - TBD
Tucker Ness STL C US Navy ATLANTIC  43 - TBD
Rube Norris WAS 1B USAAF USA  42 - TBD 
Sonny O'Callaghan PIT P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Karl O'Reilly WAS 2B US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Joe Owens PIT 3B US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Pete Papenfus CHC P US Navy ATLANTIC/PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Hubert "Hub" Parks NYG OF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Wes Parks CLE SS US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Sam Patterson CHI 3B USAAF USA  42 - TBD 
Glenn Payne CIN P USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Patrick "Packy" Peck TOR C US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Pete Pepp OKC OF US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Tony Pestilli PHI OF US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Constantine Peters DET 3B US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
John Phillips NYG OF US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
John "Jocko" Pollard CHC 1B US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Charlie Potter PIT P USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Tony Puccinello PIT P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Joe Rainbow NYS C US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Levi Redding CIN OF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Charlie Reed BOS SS US Army MTO  43 - TBD
Pat Reed TOR SS US Army USA  43 - TBD
Les Rich BOS OF USAAF USA  42 - TBD 
Dan Rivard STL P RCAF ETO  43 - TBD
Howard Rivers BRK 2B US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Bud Robbins MON P US Navy USA   42 - TBD 
Lou Robertson NYS P USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Dave Robicheaux PHI 3B USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
George Rohrer WAC SS US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Joe Rutherford CHI OF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Robert "Red" Samuel BOS OF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Lorenzo Samuels CLE 1B US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Ruben Sanchez CIN OF US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Bertram "Bart" Schneider CLE P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Robert "Buddy" Schneider BOS 2B US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Lee Scott PHI SS USAAF PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Lewis Seals NYS OF US Coast Guard USA  42 - TBD
Eddie Seguin CIN P US Army USA   42 - TBD 
Henry Shaffer PHI P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Donald "Dutch" Sheldon PHS P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Pete Sigmund CLE OF US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Solomon Skidmore CHI C US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Cliff Smith CIN C US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Jack Smith PHI OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Mark Smith PHS C US Army USA  43 - TBD
William Sohl CIN P US Navy USA  41 - TBD
James Slocum BRO OF USAAF USA  41 - TBD
Charlie Stedman PIT P US Marine Corps PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Lloyd Stevens PHI P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Hans Stiles PIT 3B US Coast Guard USA  43 - TBD
Jerry Suber STL OF US Army USA  43 - TBD
Edward "Zip" Sullivan STL 1B US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Art Summers POR OF US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Johnnie Sundberg DET 2B US Army PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Charlie Sutton NYG P USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Mack Sutton BOS 3B-OF USAAF CBI  42 - TBD 
Jim Taylor CLE P US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Mike T Taylor CIN OF US Navy USA  42 - TBD 
Juan Tostado WAS P US Army CANAL ZONE  42 - TBD 
Tommy Trott WAS P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Fred Vargas CHC OF USAAF ETO  42 - TBD 
Sam Vaughan CHI P USAAF ETO  43 - TBD
Jim Vaughn STL 1B US Army PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Jose Waggoner MON P US Marine Corps PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Richard "Rusty" Watts CHC P US Army USA  41 - TBD
Earl West NYG IF US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
Sam West CHI OF US Army USA  42 - TBD 
Hal Weston WAS P US Army PTO  43 - TBD
Charlie Wheeler DET P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Ed Whetzel DET P US Army ETO  42 - TBD 
John Wicklund CIN C US Navy USA  43 - TBD
Ed Wilkinson CHC P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Lou Williams PHS OF USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Ollie Williams DET OF USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Johnny Witt DET P US Army USA  43 - TBD
Jack Wood NYS P US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Pete Wood MON OF US Army PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
William Woytek PHI 2B-3B US Navy PACIFIC  42 - TBD 
Joe York DET C US Coast Guard USA  42 - TBD 
Rick York CIN C US Navy PACIFIC  43 - TBD
Gene Zavala WAS OF USAAF USA  43 - TBD
Johnny Zeidman PHS SS-3B US Army ETO  42 - TBD 

Figment League Baseball's main mission is to be fun. A lot of that depends on the GMs and commissioner working together The rules below are designed to support that mission by providing a framework within which we can have fun without being overly restrictive.

The league uses Out of the Park Baseball as the simulation engine and to participate in the league all GMs must own the current version of OOTP. The league does upgrade from version to version typically at the conclusion of the season being played when a new version is released as opposed to switching in mid-season.

GENERAL RULES

      • GM PARTICIPATION: The commissioner would prefer not to be the “participation police” but reasonable expectations will need to be met. These are simply to submit exports on a fairly regular basis, paying attention to Slack and the forum, and replying to other GMs in trade discussions. The commissioner may replace any GM who becomes absentee or fails to treat others fairly.
      • SIM SCHEDULE: Games are simmed Monday thru Friday, with exports due by 6 am Eastern time.
      • SIM PERIOD: Each sim period covers one week during spring training and the regular season. Postseason sims will be split to cover games 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and then game 7 (of 7-game series and 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and 5 in a 5-game series if/when we add division play). Offseason sims will vary in length and the commissioner will provide a schedule on the league’s Slack channel for reference during the October to February offseason.
      • COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: There will be no work stoppages in Figment. The Reserve Clause will be in effect until a similar time frame in which free agency arose in MLB (sometime in the 1970s).
      • FINANCES: Finances matter for things such as signing draftees and free agents and purchasing players from independent minor league teams as well as staff, development budget and player payroll (important mainly in trade negotiations).
      • TRADING: Trades are typically run at the end of a sim period. The only exception to this is the trade deadline sim. 
      • INDEPENDENT LEAGUE PLAYER ACQUISITION: Major league teams can attempt to trade with an independent team once per calendar year to acquire a player. The offer must be made via DM to the commissioner who will enter it and if the independent club accepts, the trade will be processed. GMs are limited to an initial attempt and a second offer - if neither is accepted the team may not make another offer until the following year. GMs may offer players or cash (not picks) and can acquire at most one player from the independent team. The independent team may not be asked for cash - all trades must be for one player and one player only.

FREE AGENCY

  • Free Agency will begin at a to-be-determined date, likely in the 1970s.
  • Specifics on how the first years of free agency will work will be posted as the league nears the TBD date of free agency. 

GM FIRING SYSTEM

It is possible for a human GM to be fired. This will be based solely on team performance and the attitude of the club's AI owner. The following list shows the conditions that trigger a GM being fired:

  • Any GM whose team finishes 7th or 8th for three consecutive seasons will be fired
  • Any GM whose team finishes 6th or worse for five consecutive seasons will be fired
  • Any GM whose team fails to finish 5th or better twice in a ten season span will be fired
  • Any GM whose owner's mood is 'Angry' at the end of a season will be fired.

There will be a one year "grandfather clause" at the start. Anyone who triggers this at the end of 1930 will keep their job, but will need to improve enough by the end of 1931 to avoid firing.

Teams who win a championship reset their firing clock and get a two-season grace period before the firing clock begins. Teams who win the pennant but not the WCS  reset their clock and get a one-year grace period. So a team winning the championship in year 1 would be ineligible for firing in years 2 and 3 and only seasons 4 and beyond will count towards the firing thresholds.

Any GM fired from a FABL team can take a Japanese team if they wish to remain in the league/return to FABL. The replacement GM will come from the Japanese league. In the event that none of the Japanese league GMs wish to go to FABL, a new GM from outside the league will be sought. The fired GM, in this case, would still get a Japanese team, getting the team of one of the GMs who are doing double-duty in Japan (GMs with both a FABL team and a Japanese team). The specific team will be determined by either a volunteer, or failing that, the GM with the worst record in Japanese play.

AMATEUR DRAFT

There are three phases to the amateur draft, two of them occurring in January and the third in June:

  • The first and second rounds of the draft will take place in January. This occurs before the mock draft is populated and before the stats for the final season of the draftees has been determined. Essentially the clubs are drafting based on "old" information
  • The third round is a regional draft. This means that each team will have an available player pool based on their geographic location. The teams will have priority access to players in their own state and secondary access to players in adjacent states as listed below:

    Gothams, Kings, Stars: New York (priority), New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania
    Minutemen: Massachusetts (priority), Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
    Keystones, Miners, Sailors: Pennsylvania (priority), New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio
    Foresters & Cannons: Ohio (priority), Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana
    Eagles: DC & Virginia (priority), Maryland
    Dynamos: Michigan (priority), Ontario, Ohio, Indiana
    Chiefs & Cougars: Illinois (priority), Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa
    Pioneers: Missouri (priority), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky
    Saints: Canada (priority), Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York
    Wolves: Canada (priority), New York, Michigan, Minnesota

    Eligibility is based on birthplace, not school. Within any region with multiple teams, priority is based on draft position. Regional draft picks are NOT tradeable until after the players join their teams. You must have the player selected under contract before you can deal him. You may still trade round 1 & 2 (January phase) picks or rounds 4-25 picks (June phase) but not the regional picks. Once all the picks have been determined, the players will be entered into StatsLab as the round 3 picks.

  • Rounds 4 through 25 will take place in June. The player pool's statistics and the mock draft will appear in May, five weeks before the date of the draft. This will include the regional and January phase players so GMs will be able to see how their earlier picks fared in their final amateur season.
  • Draft order is based on the previous season’s results with the picks alternating by league and the leagues alternating the first overall pick. Federal Association clubs hold the odd-numbered picks in even numbered years and the Continental Association holds the odd-numbered picks in odd-numbered years.

  • The draft itself will be done outside the game via StatsLab; the draft will begin one day after the commissioner releases the draft pool (it usually works out to be toward midweek and runs through the weekend). Pick times are slotted with shorter intervals in the later rounds. Any portion not finished “live” will be run by the game on the in-game draft day.

  • Drafted players must be signed. If you do not sign your player he goes back into the draft pool the next season. As was the case in baseball until the 21st century, teams do NOT receive a compensatory pick for not signing their draftees. So try to make sure you sign them.

INDEPENDENT TEAM PLAYER ACQUISITION

Teams may acquire players from independent teams based on eligibility criteria listed below.

  • This process will take place following the Rule V Draft.
  • Teams wishing to acquire a player send the player's name to the commissioner via direct message on Slack. GMs may submit *only* one player.
  • In the event two or more teams want the same player, the most recent amateur draft order is used to break the tie (worse team gets higher priority)
  • The commissioner will select a compensation player to be returned (essentially traded) to the minor league team. This player will be someone not on the 40-man roster who is Rule V eligible (at least four years as a pro). Player will be selected based on the minor league club's needs and/or the player's potential. The GM has no input in this (aside from putting guys he wants to keep on his 40-man roster).
  • Each GM gets one shot per year - if the player is requested by multiple teams, the GMs who did not get the player do not get a second chance.
  • Eligibility: A player must fit one of these requirements: be at least 23 years old as of September 1st of the just-completed season or have at least 1 full season of play (time on the reserve roster does *not* count) - for hitters this is 450 or more plate appearances, for pitchers either 30 games or 150 innings pitched.

 

TRADING

Trading is permitted anytime between the end of the World Series and July 31st of the following season. Trades may be for any or all (in combination) of the following: players, cash and/or draft picks with the following restrictions:

  • Both GMs must post on Slack in the Figment Trade Talk channel confirming the deal. Details on the players must be listed and must include the players full name, position and level. For example 2B John Doe (AA) is good. J.Doe is not.
  • Salaries must fit within each team's budget. If the trade would result in someone going over budget, the deal must be reworked with the other team providing cash or retaining some of the player's salary to fit both teams within their budgets.
  • Players who have been placed on waivers can not be traded.
  • Players can be traded as long as they're under contract. So if you draft and sign a player, you can then trade him. Drafted but not signed players can not be traded.
  • Draft picks can only be traded for the current or upcoming draft. Future year's picks are not able to be traded.
  • Teams are also prohibited from trading consecutive first round picks. If you trade your first round pick in Season 1, you can not trade your Season 2 first round pick. You can however trade the player drafted with that pick as soon as Season 2's draft is completed.

The Rise of the Century League

The sport we know today as baseball grew in the early-to-mid 19th century in various forms across the United States. The sport had evolved from two English games brought to the colonies in the 18th century: rounders and cricket. As industrialization began to take hold and cities grew, the game became increasingly popular as a pastime for the men flocking to the cities for work. By 1845, the first base ball (it was two words back then) club formed in New York, codifying the rules of the game and laying the groundwork for the sport as it exists today.

The primary effect of these rules was to make the game both more distinct from its ancestors such as cricket, and also more fast-paced and challenging. The first official game of baseball was played in 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey between that first club - the New York Knickerbockers - and a team of cricketers.

While the "New York" game was crazily popular in the areas in and around Manhattan by the mid-1850s, similar games were rising in popularity in Philadelphia and Boston, among other places. The New Yorkers had created a National Association of Baseball Players in 1857 with 16 member clubs. The onset of the Civil War in 1861 greatly helped spread the popularity of the New York version of the game as soldiers from across the country played together, leading to a more unified and national version of the sport. At the close of the war in 1865, there were 100 member clubs in the NABBP - four years later there were 400 including clubs in faraway California.

Baseball in 1875
Baseball game in 1875


Professional players and teams were the next logical step in the game's evolution and in 1869, the first professional club was formed in Cincinnati. An abortive attempt at a professional league was floated in 1871, but arguments over rules, membership fees and scheduling resulted in the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs failing before a single game was played.

It took another five years before a man with a vision stepped forward and created the forerunner of today's modern professional baseball leagues. His name was William Whitney and his league was called the Century League.
Whitney's idea was a simple one: the emphasis would be on the 'club' and not the players. Whitney saw that the failure of previous professional endeavors was that it was based on the player and therefore promoted divisizeness as the players were more concerned with themselves than the club. Whitney's plan would make the players employees of a business unit (the team) and therefore bind them to the club. The club itself would be owned by a businessman and run as a business - something the players had heretofore not shown themselves able to manage.

Whitney, a native of Boston, sought like-minded businessmen in other large cities. By the fall of 1875 he had lined up seven other men with the financial wherewithal to field a club. Along with Boston, clubs would be located in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Brooklyn and St. Louis. Not surprisingly, those cities represented the eight largest metropolises in the United States.

The last order of business was a name for the new circuit. With the U.S. celebrating it's one hundredth birthday in 1876, the circuit would be known as the Century League.

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