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The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy

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In late 1913 the newly formed Federal League declared itself a major league in competition with the established National and American Leagues. Backed by some of America's wealthiest merchants and industrialists, the new organization posed a real challenge to baseball's prevailing structure. For the next two years the well-established leagues fought back furiously in the pr ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 2012 by . Ivan R. Dee/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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James
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Well-researched, well-organized account of the Federal League, which had an impact that lasted much longer than its three years. The information on the business side of things was very thorough, but I would have liked more on what was happening on the field, particularly which players stood out and what they did.

The book mentions Benny Kauff as one of the stars of the league but doesn't go into much detail on what he hit. Looking at his numbers and comparing them to what he did in the NL after t
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Paul Miller
Early baseball history - from 1913 to 1915, an upstart Federal League challenged "Organized Baseball" which meant the National League and the American League (the junior circuit). The closest things got to breaking the stranglehold owners had on baseball players until Marvin Miller and modern free agency.

A really niche topic - I love baseball but I found it more than enough information than I needed about the topic. It tells the 'facts', I'm sure, but easily could have been delivered in a more
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Benjamin
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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Dull and heavy at times with an ending that doesn't really explain the title. Still, it provides an interesting glimpse at Federal League history.
Chris Dean
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well documented forgotten era in the game's history. On and off the field maneuvering is covered extensively and it is loaded with "I didn't know that" moments. Recommended.
Christopher
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
very good account of the league, owners, beginnings & demise.
Charles Edwards
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting account of how baseball was like in the old days. Gives the reader a good perspective of how things were.
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