Born as the Baltimore Bannermen in 1880, the Washington Eagles started off dismally but eventually became one of the Federal Association's cornerstone franchises. While in Baltimore, the club struggled to compete as then-owner James Banner would not invest enough money to acquire top talent, especially during the Border Wars and this resulted in him selling the club to William Whitney, who flipped it to Thomas Brennan, the son of one of Whitney's West Point classmates, who moved the team to Washington, invested heavily in it and worked to bring in top men to run the baseball operation. The result was successful - the Eagles had won eight pennants by 1925 and cemented their place in history.