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).

What would later be called the First World War had, by the spring of 1918, been in full throat for nearly four years in Europe. The United States, which had entered the war in April of 1917, was finally mobilized and had recently sent the American Expeditionary Force under General John Pershing, to France. In other words, the U.S. was now fully invested in the war, which had not been the case during the previous baseball season. While the impact in terms of player talent was still minimal in 1918 as most players stayed in their regular (baseball) uniform, the FABL Commission decided to shorten the season and the Fed & Continental league campaigns would end a month earlier than usual.