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, although it struggled for profits. The established leagues fought to stop the newcomers, and the players organized baseball's first real union. The consequences of this battle would shape the business of baseball and American professional sports in general for many years to come in what Publishers Weekly has called "a richly detailed account."
Award-winning writer and researcher Daniel R. Levitt is the author of several critically acclaimed books on baseball, including Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way, with Mark Armour which won the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award. Levitt is a longtime member of the The Society for American Baseball Research, and a past president of the Minnesota chapter. He lives in Minneapolis.
Preface Dramatis Personae Chapter 1: The Opening Salvo Chapter 2: America Meets Sports Leagues Chapter 3: Rumblings Chapter 4: Going Major Chapter 5: A Real Players Union Chapter 6: The Battle for Chicago Chapter 7: Organized Baseball Responds Chapter 8: The Season Opens: On the Field and in the Courts Chapter 9: The Struggle Continues Chapter 10: A Possible Settlement Chapter 11: Player Reinforcements Chapter 12: Antitrust Attack Chapter 13: Owner Reinforcements Chapter 14: A Long Summer Chapter 15: The Final Countdown Chapter 16: Aftermath Notes Sources