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.

1899 marked the 25th season of professional baseball and the Federal Association, born out of the old Century League, celebrated the milestone. CL and FABL founder William Whitney was no longer the young firebrand whose dream became a reality - he was now nearing his 60th birthday and passing on more of the day-to-day business of running the Chicago Chiefs to his son, Wash Whitney. The 25th season was a good one, and the FABL faced the end of the century at peace and looking to the future.