American League is born
OCTOBER 11, 1899
– In the late 1800’s the National League was the only major league. Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey thought there was room for one more.
So on this date in 1899 they gathered owners of the Western League, which they ran, in
Chicago’s 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
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 didn’t last long as a farm system for the National League. By the 1901 season it officially became a second major league.
Total White Sox: The definitive encyclopedia of the World Champion franchise,
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