Depending on who you'd ask, 1900 was either the first year of the 20th century or the last of the 19th, but either way, the results on the field in FABL didn't change much - the Chicago Cougars and Pittsburgh Miners were still the class of their respective organizations. There were other storylines to be found, including the debut of a kid with great bloodlines who seemed almost predestined for greatness, a former dynasty hitting rock bottom and another on the rise.

The Cougars remained the class of the Continental Association, topping their league in both hitting and pitching. As usual, the pitchers got most of the attention with Don Noftall (30-15, 3.45) and John Bigness (28-11, 3.15) continuing to chug along. The lineup, which scored 759 runs to lead the league and boasted six starters with averages over .300, could play defense as well as they could hit. There really weren't any chinks (at least none that were apparent) in the armor for the Chicagoans.

The New York Stars finished second as they continued to quickly rise after bottoming out with a trio of 7th place and an 8th place finish over the span of 1895-98. The Stars had a pair of outstanding young hitters in SS John Waggoner (.356-6-91 with league-leading totals of 116 runs and 49 doubles) and LF "Wahoo Willie" Craigen who was 3rd in the league in hitting at .367 and led the league in triples (28), HRs (13), RBIs (115) and slugging (.574) and a 23-year-old ace on the rise in Bill Temple (28-20, 2.84). They were looking like they'd be a force to reckon with within the next few seasons.

The Toronto Wolves had dropped to third as only Allan Allen (29-18, 2.94) had a great year pitching and the offense sputtered a bit despite having the league's batting champ in Thomas Watkins (.373) plus other outstanding hitters like 3B Ossie Julious (.338, 63 SB) and Rich Rowley (.353-5-73). SS Virgil Manuel had faded from a good player to someone in need of replacement (.221-1-46) and 1B William Lumpkin (.217-1-41) was even worse. Cleveland, which had also been a team on the rise, finished fourth despite the league's second most prolific offense (733 runs scored) from a lineup that featured both RF Jimmy Massey (.367-7-112) and CF Jack Arabian (.370-6-87) - pitching was their problem. The second-division was comprised of Baltimore (69-71), Brooklyn (63-77), Montreal (55-85) and surprisingly last - the Philadelphia Sailors, not too long ago the league's top club, but now struggling mightily.

The Pittsburgh Miners were clearly still the top club in the Federal Association. They went 93-47 and finished 11 games ahead of Chicago. They had arguably the league's best offensive player in 24-year-old RF Dan Dunn (.356-12-120), speedy and ace defensive CF Dolph Geis (.344-4-87) and three other .300 hitters in a lineup that led the Feds with 802 runs scored. The pitching was pretty solid too, allowing the second-fewest runs in the league (535) with a pair of 30-game winners topping the rotation in Ike Bell (34-13, 2.49) and Fred Henry (31-15, 2.99). Bell led the Feds in both wins and strikeouts (212). 

Second-place Chicago was a bounce-back from their uncharacteristically bad 7th-place finish in 1899. Their strength was pitching, which didn't get Charlie Wilson's typically great season (he went a surprising 20-25, 3.25) but did get great seasons from native Chicagoan and rookie Joe Ballman (31-11, 2.40) and Al Hopper (28-18, 2.28) who were 1-2 in ERA and Ballman was tied for 2nd in wins with Pittsburgh's Henry and also 2nd in strikeouts to Bell with 204. Washington surged late to pass New York for third place. Fifth-place Detroit (68-72) featured batting champion George Reid (.364) who was just 22 and in his second season. Sixth-place Philly, another fallen powerhouse, could still hit (755 runs scored, 2nd in FA) but couldn't pitch or catch the ball (7th in runs and defensive efficiency). SS Fred Roby, if you counted his Peerless League totals, had moved into 2nd place in hits with 2442 behind former team mate Zebulon Banks. His official total for CL/FABL play was 2091.

St. Louis finished seventh and Boston eighth. 

In the East Coast Association Lynwood Trease's Rochester Rooks unveiled their new first baseman who turned out to be a pretty good pitcher too. His name was Lynwood Trease, Jr., though he'd be better known as Woody Trease. The 19-year-old had a mediocre debut as a hitter, posting a .219 average but he was a sensation as a pitcher, going 19-8 with a 2.24 ERA and striking out 430 batters in 345.1 innings. It was this that brought FABL teams calling that winter.

The World Championship Series was close (sort of). Pittsburgh captured game one at home by 10-4 and then dropped four straight to the Cougars' buzzsaw. Bigness shut them down in game two (8-2), Noftall did it in game three, a tight 2-1 win, and then Bigness did his thing again in a 4-3 win. The fifth and final game was a wild one as the teams combined for eight errors and the final score was 11-10 in favor of the repeat-champion Chicago Cougars. The Cougars won despite a poor series from star SS Calvin Kidd (.182 average) but got a great series from CF Frank Rhinehart (.429) and Bigness (2-0, 2.50).