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OCT. 11 (1899) - Born*
By Bill Grimes
Oct 11, 2007 - 1:52 PM

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American League is born   

OCTOBER 11, 1899 CHICAGO , ILLINOIS In the late 1800s the National League was the only major league. Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey thought there was room for one more.
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Charles Comiskey
So on this date in 1899 they gathered owners of the Western League, which they ran, in Chicagos Great Northern Hotel to discuss a plan which would allow them to affiliate with the National League, but remain a minor league.

 

It was like letting the fox into the chicken coup. As part of the deal, Johnson and Comiskey got the National League to allow the St. Paul, Minnesota franchise of the Western League to relocate to Chicago. It did, and became the Chicago White Stockings. Another detail taken care of at the October 11th meeting was to change the name of the Western League to the American League of Professional Ball Clubs. Later simplified to the American League. The American League didnt last long as a farm system for the National League. By the 1901 season it officially became a second major league.

 

Contributing sources:

Total White Sox: The definitive encyclopedia of the World Champion franchise, by Richard Lindberg, 2006

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_League

 

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