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  1. Tuesday, March 7, 1893 – The Boston Globe announces that Robert Moses has purchased the Boston Checkers.
  2. Monday, February 20, 1893 – Through the Cleveland Plain Dealer, John D. Rockefeller, reveals the logo and uniforms for his new team, the Cleveland Standards.
  3. Wednesday, February 8, 1893 – At Borchert Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, William Cameron Coup made an announcement of his own. He has decided to purchase the second of the new franchises in NAVO. He is putting the Boston Checkers up for sale. His new team, which will of course play in this stadium, will be called the Milwaukee Monsters. At this announcement, he unveiled the team’s logo and uniforms.
  4. Monday, February 6, 1893 – In Cleveland, Ohio at League Park Andrew Carnegie comes together with John D. Rockefeller and Henry Clay Frick to make a few announcements. First of all, Carnegie announced that the league that was being formed would be called the North American Velo League (NAVO). He unveiled a league logo. It was announced that Henry Clay Frick had been hired to be the president of the league. Finally Rockefeller was introduced as the owner of one of the leagues two new franchises. His club is to be called the Cleveland Standards and will call this stadium, League Park, their home.
  5. Saturday, January 21, 1893 – Things went so well between the Pittsburgh Challengers and Boston Checkers that Andrew Carnegie and William Cameron Coup have decided to form a league. They will sale two other franchises so that the league has four franchises in its first year. They will also hire a commissioner or president to head their league.
  6. Tuesday, January 26, 1892 – The Pittsburgh Challengers sign veteran riders Lawrence Tylor and Perkins Bates. They will also bring in rookies Isham Kingsley, Andrew Reynolds, Fulton Armistead, and Enoch Foster. A lot of buzz is revolving around Kinsley. He is from England and Andrew Carnegie has convinced him to come over here to the States and ride in this league.
  7. Monday, January 11, 1892 – Moving quickly Andrew Carnegie moves to make Richard Thompson his coach. He offers him well more money than Coup could and Thompson signs on to construct and coach the Pittsburgh Challengers. Wednesday, January 13, 1892 – With Thompson signed as the Challengers coach Andrew Hallam signs as the coach of the Boston Checkers. This leaves him with the task of merging the two rosters into one. Monday, January 25, 1892 – The Boston Checkers go to work putting together their roster. They will be holding onto the talents of Long Colt, Frank Berwald, Henry Delavan, and Henry Longacre. They also resign the talents of Jakob Foote and William Douglas. This leaves Martin Stillman, D.A. Chisholm, and Frederick Scott as free agents. Perkins Bates, Sumner Fisk, and Samuel Lincoln are all riders with time remaining on their contract so they will be paid under the league payroll system or until they are signed by another team. League Payroll is a system where players who still have time left on a contract but for whatever reason, most likely the team they had been signed to no longer exists, they find themselves not on a roster. In the League Payroll system, the league honors the remainder of the contract.
  8. Friday, April 10, 1891 – The Boston Globe reports that William Cameron Coup a business associate of the late P.T. Barnum will be taking over the ownership and operation of the event. Wednesday, June 3, 1891 – Team White coach Andrew Hallam introduces the world to his new rookie Samuel Lincoln. Saturday, January 2, 1892 – The fourth event is held, the first overseen by William Cameron Coup. Team Black finally breaks through and wins 4-1. More newsworthy and impactful to the sports growth and development however is something that quietly occurred in the crowd. Among the many spectators this night is the very wealthy Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie enjoyed what he witnessed and decides that he wants to be a part of it, so he goes to Coup after the event and proposes that next year before the event that he would like to challenge Team Black and Team White to a couple games in Pittsburgh against a team that he would put together. Coup likes the idea but decides that he would role Team White and Team Black into one team to be called the Boston Checkers and that it would be this team that would play Carnegie’s Pittsburgh Challengers. Coup then extends the challenge to include Carnegie’s team coming up to Boston for a second game next year. They both agree to these terms.
  9. Tuesday, April 7, 1891 – Tragedy strikes when P.T. Barnum dies. His passing casts doubt on the future of the event and sport.
  10. Monday, February 2, 1891 – The Boston Globe covers Team White’s cut date. Richard Thompson, with a 3&0 record, easily decides that he will return for another year as their coach. The problem that he faced was the fact that his two star riders were both up for contract renewal, and P.T. Barnum’s competitive rules state that he must make a roster change. This would mean that one of his two stars, Long Colt or Lawrence Tyler, would have to be released or Coach Thompson would have to make a trade of another player. Coach Thompson reached out to Coach Andrew Hallam of Team Black and offered to trade Perkins Bates, who was a former Team Black member, for Sumner Fisk a much slower rider. Coach Hallam refused to make the deal feeling that forcing Team White to release one of their mighty giants would be in the best interest of Team Black. Therefore, Coach Thompson was forced to choose between Long Colt or Lawrence Tyler. He chose Colt. Lawrence Tyler was released to free agency. Tuesday, February 3, 1891 – Just like Team White was forced to do the day before, Team Black was forced to choose between their two best riders today. The comparison between their two best riders was a little more evident than it was yesterday for Team White. Frank Berwald was clearly their best rider so he was retained. This forced them to release William Douglas to free agency. Thursday, February 12, 1891 – Team White holds their signing day and they make an offer to Lawrence Tyler but he refuses to sign with them. Friday, February 13, 1891 – William Douglas signs with Team White. Saturday, February 14, 1891 – In an interview with The Boston Globe Lawrence Tyler announces that he will be taking a year off but plans to resign the next back with Team White. He vows to never rider for Team Black, ever. Essentially this means he is retired, at least for now.
  11. Wednesday, June 12, 1890 – Team Black coach Andrew Hallam introduces his two new rookies; Sumner Fisk and Henry Delevan.
  12. Monday, Friday 16, 1890 – Both unsigned free agents Jim Brudenell and John Bateson announce that they are going to retire from the game and move on with their lives. Summary of their careers:
  13. Monday, February 3, 1890 – Cut day for Team White. Coach Richard Thompson will carry on as the club’s coach. He cut Jim Brudenell from the team while signing Henry Longacre to a new contract. Tuesday, February 4, 1890 – Cut day for Team Black. Winless coach Andrew Hallam signs on to lead the team for another year. He once again cuts both his free agents. Those free agents this year are Perkins Bates and John Bateson. Thursday, Friday 13, 1890 – The Boston Globe reports on Team Black’s signing day. Once again Coach Hallam refuses to sign any free agents, preferring to search for young rookie stars. Friday, Friday 14, 1890 – The Boston Globe reports that on their singing day Team White signed former Team White member Perkins Bates. Bates is not the first rider to be cut by Team Black and picked up by Team White.