The Players League: History, Clubs, Ballplayers And Statistics

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After talks with baseball’s owners broke down in the fall of 1889, some of the greatest players of the day jumped their contracts and declared open revolt against the American Association and National League. Tired of life under the hated reserve clause, which bound players to their teams and left them with no bargaining power, John Montgomery Ward and some 140 others set out to form a rival major league. The Players League would last only a season and end quite badly for both the players and the American Association, which folded a year later; but as a representation of the first major battle between the players and owners, the league occupies an important place in baseball history. This remarkably comprehensive book opens with an historical introduction to the league, including detailed information about its origins and failure. A biographical dictionary follows, with entries for every player in the league’s brief tenure and additional profiles of prominent players who chose not to dignify the revolt with their participation. Profiles of the teams are also included.

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What would baseball be without statistics? Formed in 1889 after talks with baseball owners broke down (sound familiar?), the Players League lasted for just one season, but that was still sufficient time to amass enough statistics to fill a book. Following a league history are 140 detailed player biographies providing personal data, stats, and profiles. Separate chapters cover Players League teams, from the Boston Reds to the Pittsburgh Burghers, and prominent players who chose not to jump leagues. Mary Ellen Quinn
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