1919 was a momentous year: the Treaty of Versailles was signed after much wrangling, ending one World War and setting the stage for an even bigger one for the next generation; the Spanish Influenza struck and killed millions around the world; and Max Morris finally got to show what he could do at the plate as an everyday player (it turns out that it was quite a bit). Oh, and both the Federal and Continental had great pennant races too - in yet another truncated season (this time it was due to the flu epidemic).

Max Morris had shown flashes of his hitting ability while primarily employed as a lefty pitcher for the Cleveland Foresters. By the start of spring training for 1919, Morris had let management know that he'd prefer to simply be an outfielder. The club was foundering a bit and Morris was - by far - the biggest draw and best player on the team. So manager George Merritt (who had won three titles over the course of his career and was considered both a good manager and a good guy) acquiesced to his star's request. For 1919 Max Morris would be an everyday right fielder.

Morris almost pulled off a Triple Crown - he did lead the league in home runs (13, tied with Montreal's Hal Eason) and RBIs (89) and finished second to Powell Slocum (naturally) in batting average with a very strong .342 mark (and he led the league in hitting for most of the season before Slocum's metronome-like stroke pushed the Ragland Ripper ahead in late August). Unfortunately for Morris, his efforts probably seemed wasted since his team was atrocious. The Foresters finished seventh, barely ahead of the New York Stars who everyone acknowledged to be an awful squad. That the Foresters were so poor overall would play a role in subsequent events but for now, Morris had arrived on the scene.

While Morris was attracting national attention, the Continental race itself was a really good one between the circuit's defending-champion Chicago Cougars and the erstwhile champs from Montreal. The Saints had made a slew of trades the previous season and had a chaotic campaign that saw them fall all the way to sixth after winning the pennant in both 1915 & '16 and losing a one-game playoff for the flag in '17. In 1919, they were back in the race. The retooled lineup was fantastic with headliner Joe Ward leading the way with a .319 average for the Continental's top-scoring outfit. Hal Eason hit 13 homers to tie Morris at the top of the charts (he also managed a meager .228 average), 1B Conrad Gardner hit .300 and RF Woody Pike hit .305 - it was the pitching that was a bit of a letdown. One-time ace Charlie Firestone was gone and what was left wasn't up to his usual standards. Joe Myres (19-10, 2.66) was the ace (or at least the best of the bunch) but as a unit, they were only fifth-best in the league. Still, that was good enough to finish one game ahead of Chicago.

The Cougars had the pitching; it was their offense that wasn't quite good enough. Chicago's pitching staff was deep, but without a standout performer. The lineup, still built around star centerfielder John Dibblee (who hit .321) had a solid second-banana in LF Alfie Barr, who hit .320 and led the league with 31 doubles. Despite this, the Cougars were only fourth in the league in runs scored. Toronto was third, ten games back, and Charlie Sis, at age 35, turned in a pitching Triple Crown with a 21-9, 2.02 and 140 strikeout season. Even with Sis powering a 2nd-place finish in runs allowed, the offense could muster only five runs more than they allowed and the team was a flat .500, despite the third-place finish. Baltimore was a half-game behind the Wolves at 62-63 - they had never found even the shadow of a replacement for Mike Marner (who could?) and their pitching was 5th best. But the offense was even worse (6th) despite the presence of Powell Slocum, who hit .356 to lead the league in batting again (this was becoming as reliable as the rising of the sun: Powell Slocum would lead the league in hitting every year). The 33-year-old now had 3147 career hits: 60 behind John Waggoner, 144 behind Jack Arabian and 276 behind Zebulon Banks. ETA for the record base knock appeared to be as soon as 1921.

The Sailors were fifth with a 62-67 record. They were very one-dimensional, even more so than the teams ahead of them: the Sailors could hit (.271 team average, best in the league and 533 runs, 2nd). They couldn't pitch though. Paul Martin (16-13, 2.83) was decent, but no one else was particularly good. The offense saw RF John Burrell burst out in a big way, improving by nearly 100 points in batting average to finish with a .341 mark, third-best in the league. 1B Davey Thomas hit .321 and 2B Frank Betts .313, so they could definitely hit. Brooklyn headed up a trio of flawed clubs at the bottom of the standings - they had a trio of .300 hitters in RF Jim Ross (.311), 1B Al Daniel (.306) and C Paul Tattersall (.304) and a part-timer who looked like he might become a good one too (2B Garland Fuller, .351). Jackie Marshall (17-10, 2.49) and Stu Pick (15-16, 2.83) looked like they might become good pitchers. So there was some positivity - again - in Brooklyn despite the 59-64 finish. Cleveland was seventh, as previously mentioned, and New York last. The Stars' top pitcher, Luke Smith, had a terrible season in 1919 posting a 12-15 record and 3.75 ERA, though Pete Scanlon, a 26-year-old former Detroit Dynamo, emerged as a solid starter with a 20-13, 2.48 effort. Stars manager Dave Marks was fired at season's end and replaced by former Stars' standout Bill Craigen.

Speaking of Detroit, the Dynamos won another pennant, this time holding off the vastly improved St. Louis Pioneers by a 1.5 game margin to do so. RF Don Benford hit .352 and LF Babe Spencer .300 - both in part-time duty and though racked by injuries, the pitching quartet of George Davis (17-12, 2.33), Jim Golden (10-9, 2.86), Ken Murphy (11-9, 2.17) and Franklin Rivers (10-8, 2.15) were uniformly good-to-great. The Pioneers' star shortstop requested he be called by his actual first name (and not Rip or Ripper): regardless, Roger Landry hit .309 and played outstanding defense once again. St. Louis excelled at winning close games when their airtight infield defense could really shine. The Philadelphia Keystones were third, 4.5 games back despite a big fade from Charlie Firestone who went 11-14 with a bloated 4.29 ERA. Unfortunately he was somewhat representative of the staff as a whole and the Stones were seventh in runs allowed. The offense made up for it - a bit - thanks to the league's top batting average (.270) that produced the second-most runs in the circuit. 3B Jim Furr (.319), CF Frank Wallace (.312) and 1B Fred Sampson (.306) and developing youngsters in RF Mike Bernardin (.314-1-14) and 2B Newell Winn (.310-1-35) made Philly a tough opponent on most days. 

The Chiefs were fourth, 5.5 games back with a 62-60 record. Mexican-born 2B Pedro Valenzuela was the star of the team, hitting .309 with 78 RBIs, but the team scored the league's fewest runs. The pitching was very good with the top three starters all posting sub 2.50 ERAs and the team allowing the fewest runs in the Fed Association. Boston, at 64-64, was fifth, though they probably should have been better. They featured the league's top run-producing lineup. Though no one really stood out as a true star, the Minutemen were solid from one through eight. The pitching was only two deep however, with George Johnson (20-9, 2.59) and Dan Ralston (14-9, 2.44) needing a capable number three to make Boston a contender again. Pittsburgh was sixth; 1917 Whitney winning SS Johnny Carlson had a bad year with a meager .218 average and Rip Golden, picked up to give the Miners a solid number two behind Willie Couillard (16-12, 2.42) was average (13-15, 3.12). The Gothams dropped into seventh place and Washington was last in what was a very even year for the Fed as only thirteen games separated the Dynamos from the Eagles.

With the World Series again taking place in early September, the teams gathered in a seasonably warm Montreal for games one and two. The first tilt went to the hometown Saints by an 8-4 margin as neither pitcher looked good, but Montreal's bat simply hammered Detroit ace George Davis. Game two saw Jim Golden harness the old magic and limit the Saints to five hits in a 5-1 win (Montreal's cause was not helped by three errors). With the scene shifting to Detroit, the Dynamos took game three by a narrow 7-6 margin with a late rally. Game four was another Dynamos win - this time they jumped out to a five-run lead and held on for a 5-3 victory. This put them on the verge of the title with one game left at home to sew it up.

The Saints wouldn't let it happen with a 3-1 victory in a pitcher's duel between George Davis and Joe Myres. The return to Montreal meant Jim Golden would get a shot to close it out for Detroit while John Bennett would try to force a game seven for Montreal. The game was a great one, a pitcher's duel that saw each hurler throw zeroes on the board for seven innings. In the eighth, Detroit's George McDermott doubled to deep center, but was inexplicably thrown out trying to steal third, Naturally, after the caught stealing, Babe Spencer doubled as well. Don Benford took the goat horns off McDermott by singling to drive Spencer home with what turned out to be the game's only run. Golden threw up three more shutout innings and the Detroit Dynamos were world champs for the third time in four seasons.

Pittsburgh 2B Eddie Andrews won the Whitney Award after winning the batting title with a .357 average - the 26-year-old Iowan came to the Miners in a trade with the Keystones who felt Newell Winn was a better player. Winn was indeed pretty good, but it looked like a blunder for the Stones. 

The Whitney Award for the Continental Association went to Max Morris who, like Andrews, played for a team that finished well down in the standings. Morris' near Triple Crown resounded with the voters and he edged out Joe Ward of Montreal for the award.