League Affiliation: Federal Association

Founded: 1876 (Century League)

Ownership History:

William W. Whitney: 1876-1902
W. Washington Whitney: 1902-37 
W.W. "Billy" Whitney III: 1937-


1877 (CL), 81 (CL), 1917, 28, 36, 38, 49


1917, 36, 38, 49


The franchise that began it all - the Chicago Chiefs were the brainchild of William W. Whitney who founded the Century League in 1876 with his friend Jefferson Edgerton and led it through a merger in 1892 which created the Federally Aligned Baseball Leagues. As part of the agreement, Whitney did not serve as FABL President for long, but did own the Chiefs until his retirement in 1902. His son William W. Whitney Jr. (known as "Wash" for his shared middle name of Washington), took over for his father and presided over the club's first FABL title in 1917. Wash's son, the third W.W. Whitney, who went by Billy, took over the reins in 1937 just after the club won it's second WCS. The Chiefs won again in 1938 and 1949. Among the many notable players to star for the Chiefs are Jim Hampton, Bob Martin, Tom Bird and pitchers Rabbit Day, Danny Wren and Charlie Bingham.

Minuteman Stadium

BUILT: 1920


ADDRESS: 700 South Wells St, Chicago, IL