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United National Baseball Association

 

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UNBA

World Championship Series Winners

 

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1901-St Louis Steamers (84-57)

1902-Boston Beetles (91-49) 1st

1903-St Louis Steamers (79-61)

1904-Boston Brotherhood (105-49)

1905-Boston Brotherhood (94-60)

1906-Boston Brotherhood (93-61) 3rd

1907-Cleveland Grizzlies (94-60) 1st

1908-Philadelphia Boomers (94-60) 1st

1909-St Louis Steamers (88-66) 3rd

1910-New York Militia (95-59) 1st

 

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United National Baseball Association

 

The Formation of the UNBA

 

The UNBA was formed in October of 1900 when two leagues: the United Baseball Association and the National Organized Baseball League consolidated their respective leagues to each of their strongest eight ballclubs. The leagues then merged to create a strong association of sixteen professional ballclubs in order to be at the forefront of all professional baseball leagues and associations in the world. The winner of each league would compete in best of seven game series that would determine the champion of the world.

 

A bronze cup was commissioned to be built for the world champions. This cup was finished shortly before the 1902 world championship series. This trophy was christened the Competitors’ Cup and is awarded to the world championship team for one year. The world champion's team name and date of victory is engraved underneath the base of the trophy.

 

Before the Merger

 

The United Baseball Association was a group of 10-20 teams from the time of its formation in 1886, until the merger that formed the UNBA. The UBA did not place restrictions on player movement, set schedules, or name a league champion. Rather the UBA served as an enforcing body for a unified set of rules and regulations, in addition to being a collective for teams to easily find opponents.

 

The St Louis Paddle Steamers (Today the St Louis Steamers) were the best team during the initial year of 1886. This was followed by a great year by the now defunct Park Athletic Club in 1887. The Ohio Taylors (Today the Ohio Royals) were clearly the best team during the years of both 1888 and 1889. The Cleveland Grizzlies joined the league in 1890 and signed the 23 year old talented center fielder Jeff Burrell away from the Boston Artillery (now defunct) along with several other talented east coast players and created a talented team that would dominate the 1890 and 1891 seasons. The Chicago Crusaders would emerge during the 1892 season as the new power within the UBA and go on to continue its winning ways throughout the 1893 and 1894 seasons.

 

The 1895 and 1896 seasons were marked by a large increase in the quality of play as both the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Cleveland Grizzlies would boast talented rosters. The Grizzlies’ Jeff Burrell would play his best ball of his career during these two years dominating the league at his position and at the plate. However the Grizzlies would fall short compared to the Pittsburgh Panthers who completely dominated the game of baseball during the same two years. The Panthers traveled the country and throughout the course of those two seasons they won over 80% of their games against all comers. Gary Aiken, the Panther’s ace pitcher struck out batters with his effective fastball and wicked curveball. Pittsburgh employed some of the first baseball strategies such as shifts and encouraged a high rate of attempted steals during a ball game. In 1897 the dominate Pittsburgh Panthers were outshone by the rising force of the Detroit Titans who with a younger roster were able to win more games during the course of the season. In 1898 the Cleveland Grizzlies would once again rise to the top with the help of a slight renaissance from the now 31 year old Jeff Burrell. The Illinois Packers would control the 1899 season winning more games than the talented St. Louis Steamers. In 1900 the Packers would fade and allow the St. Louis Steamers to step into the spotlight one last time before the UBA would merge with the NOBL.

 

The National Organized Baseball League formed in 1893 with six teams, four of which joined the UNBA in 1901. Those four teams are the Boston Brotherhood, Baltimore Runners, Manhattan Thunder, and Washington D.C. Executives. The NOBL was an organized league with league appointed champions and rules restricting player movement in addition to a set of rules and regulations regarding the game.

 

During its first season the Boston Brotherhood won the inaugural 1893 league championship. The Manhattan Thunder won the league championship during the 1894 and 1895 seasons. The Boston Brotherhood then claimed the 1896 championship with a large lead over the other teams in the league. During these early years the league championship was solely contested between Boston and Manhattan. The 1897 and 1898 seasons were dominated by the Adrian McCarthy led Pennsylvania Scarlets who cruised to back to back championships. The 1899 championship was won by the Brooklyn Beermen in a 5 game championship series (one of the first Championship series), 3-1 against the Boston Beetles. In 1900 the Manhattan Thunder defeated the Boston Brotherhood 3-2 for the league championship.

 

During these early years there was a high turnover of players due to low paychecks and as a result it was rare for a player to stay on one team for a career. Many players bounced from team to team collecting paychecks for individual weekends or even games. This led to many changes in the talent levels on particular ballclubs. Teams rarely ended the season with the same players they employed at the beginning of the season. The Pittsburgh Panthers of the 1895 and 1896 seasons were a marked difference, the most complete team of the early years was able to maintain most of their key players for their two year run before they eventually succumbed to their own players moving on to more lucrative paychecks.


 

 

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1890’s all Decade Team

As chosen by owner votes(16) in 1901

Fielders

RF Dave Rehm Ohio Votes: 94%

CF Jeff Burrell Cleveland Votes: 100%

LF Geoffrey Kirkwood Ohio Votes: 88%

SS Luke Rigney Brooklyn Votes: 56%

3B Aaron Barksdale Boston Bro Votes: 88%

2B Brian Root Cleveland Votes: 63%

1B Jim Baldwin Boston Bro Votes: 75%

C  Pete Koger Ohio Votes: 56%

Pitchers

P Gary Aiken Pittsburgh Votes: 100%

P Vern Whiteside Boston Bro Votes: 75%

P Dan Rinfret Chicago Votes: 56%

 

Jerseys for 1901 Season

 

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1901 United National Baseball Association

 

An even spread of talent would define the opening season of the UNBA. With the consolidation of each league to eight teams the league's opening season would be marked by a close races in both conferences. A three way race for the United League title was not decided until the final two games of the season and even needed an additional play-in game to decide who would represent the United League in the first World Championship Series. Brooklyn had the most potent offense in the National League and battled with Philadelphia and their strong defensive unit until the final week of the season. The National League had 5 of their 8 teams still in contention with 2 weeks remaining in their season. In the end Brooklyn would prevail and meet St Louis in the first World Championship Series. The Brooklyn Beermen were slightly favored heading into the series, however St. Louis won the first 2 games at home, and after dropping game three at Brooklyn, the Steamers wrapped up the series 4-1. Steve Dyment (3B) won the Championship Series MVP posting a .450 AVG, belting 3HRs, and driving in 10 RBIs during the series.

1901

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Postseason

Underline: Home Games

Play In game                          World Championship Series

Cleveland-2                                  St. Louis-9   7   5   8   7              World Champions:

      @                                                                                             St. Louis Steamers

St. Louis-8                                    Brooklyn-6   5   9   0   4        

 

National League Pitcher of the Year: Aaron Barbuto 22-9, 3.90 ERA Brooklyn

National League Player of the Year: Croy Busby (RF) 10HRs, 126RBIs, .360AVG 237DPO Brooklyn

United League Most Valuable Pitcher: Tim Merrow 24-10, 3.46 ERA St. Louis

United League Most Valuable Player: Brad Holtston (RF) 24HRs, 127RBIs, .311AVG 327DPO Illinois

 

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This is cool love the attention to detail but wouldn't be better to get early baseball uniform style templates for the uni presentation

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I love the attention to detail in this!

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19 hours ago, THEANGEL&THEGAMBLER said:

This is cool love the attention to detail but wouldn't be better to get early baseball uniform style templates for the uni presentation

What About This:

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Updated All Uniforms for 1901 in Early Post.

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Would love to see a cleaner version  . but its much better than a modern look.

 

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1901-1902 Offseason

Crucial Player Trades

Dec 5th 1901

Cleveland trades Jeff Burrell (CF) and Jason West (P) to Philadelphia for two Players.

Jan 2nd 1902

Illinois trades Brad Holston (RF) and Steve Darden (P) for Jay Westren (P), Luke Inge (P), Tim Webber (2B), and Carl Watson (LF) from Manhattan.

Mar 5th 1902 

Manhattan trades Brad Holston (RF) for eight Milwaukee players. 

Mar 15th 1902

Cleveland trades Gary Aiken (P) for Evan Turner (P) from Philadelphia.

 

Heading into the season Philadelphia boasted the most talented pitching staff according to many experts. After trading for Gary Aiken (P) and Jeff Burrell (CF) in two separate trades the team had two major names on their roster and a talented pitching rotation. Philadelphia were the National League favorites heading into the season. In the United League the St Louis Steamers had another strong roster and boasted young talented pitchers such as Derrick Dotson (P) and Drew Krull (P) to back up their ace Tim Merrow (P).

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Expansion

The Buffalo Tribe a former National Organized Baseball League Member asked to join the newly formed UNBL for the 1902 season. The National League after reviewing the newly built Willcox Ballfield accepted the Buffalo Tribe as the 9th member of the National League for the 1902 Season.

 

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1902 Regular Season

The 1902 regular season would be the final season for Dave Rehm (RF). He would retire midway through the season on June 4th, first in career Extra Base Hits (602), Home Runs (100), Total Bases (3059), Games Played (1694), and second in RBIs (936) & Runs Scored (1398). Dave Rehm left his mark on Baseball.

 

The Philadelphia Boomers would get off to a hot start establishing a 4 game lead during the first month of the season, however the Boston Beetles would play great ball and stayed within a few games of Philadelphia heading into the final month of the season. Boston's Darryl Manna (2B) would post a .356 AVG with 133 RBIs (League Leader) and 12 Homeruns (League Leader), he was the fire in the powerful engine that was Boston's lineup. Both teams would pull away from the rest of the National League and only in the second to last week did the Boston Beetles draw even with the Philadelphia in the standings. The Final week ended with the Philadelphia Boomers losing 9-1 against Manhattan while Boston would defeat the Buffalo Tribe 7-2 to clench their right to represent the National League in the 1902 World Baseball Championship Series. 

 

The focus on the 1901 UNBA Champions, the St Louis Steamers, revealed a team that was mired in mediocrity. Headlining the St Louis news was the rapid decline of 1901 Most Valuable Pitcher Tim Merrow. Tim would post a 6.16 ERA and go 9-21 over the course of the season. Twenty-four year old Derrick Dotson would step up to the Rubber as St Louis' ace, leading the UL in ERA (2.90) and Strikeouts (200), but it would not be enough to win their second United League title as St Louis would finish with mediocre results in almost every category. Headlining the United League's 1902 season were the Ohio Royals. Leading the league in runs scored Ohio had five players boast On Base Averages of over .350. The team got players on base and then drove them in with crisp clean hitting. This was lead by the heart of the team Frank Wahren (1B) who produced a .360 OBA with 7 HRs and 116 RBIs. Ohio did not boast the most talented pitching core or a flashy offense. They limited mistakes and claimed the 1902 United League title.

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1902 World Baseball Championship Series

The 1902 World Baseball Championship Series would be dominated by the offenses. Boston was heavily favored heading into the series, but after two straight losses at home including a 21-10 loss. Ohio was expected to win and likely sweep the series as the next three games would be at home. However Boston would come back with the help of the Series MVP Josh Walker (3B). Walker would post a .375 AVG with 10 RBIs and help lead Boston to three straight road wins to take the series lead 3-2. Their momentum seemed lost in game 6 however as Ohio capitalized on 3 Boston errors to take game six 7-4. In game seven Ross Lanfear (P) would hold Ohio to only 7 hits and 1 run. The Boston Beetles would take the 1902 World Baseball Championship in a thrilling seven game series that made news headlines, helping to bring the UNBA to the nation's attention.

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Glad to see another good history thread. A couple of questions though:

1. Do the Pennsylvania Scarlets play in Philadelphia and the Ohio Royals in Cincinnati?

2. Are you using OOTP to sim, and if so, what version are you using?

Looking forward to the next season. 

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16 minutes ago, ~Bear said:

Glad to see another good history thread. A couple of questions though:

1. Do the Pennsylvania Scarlets play in Philadelphia and the Ohio Royals in Cincinnati?

2. Are you using OOTP to sim, and if so, what version are you using?

Looking forward to the next season. 

1. Yep

2. I use a mix of d20 dice rolls and Baseball Mogul 2014 to generate my seasons.

2 hours ago, Cardinal said:

Bit of a step back for Brooklyn. Next year hopefully.

Brooklyn definitely has fallen behind Philadelphia and the Boston Beetles in terms of immediate talent. Brooklyn currently lacks any polarizing star players that can make those game changing plays. However they have some young bats, specifically Alex Bailey (3B), a very fast talented 26 yr old infielder who led his team in Stolen Bases (38) and On Base Average (.435), who may develop into a true star.

2 hours ago, generalshepherd141 said:

Interesting that Ohio had the worst attendance.

They have the smallest stadium in the UNBA seating only 7,599.

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1902 Awards

United League

United League Most Valuable Pitcher: Nick Bass 26-11, 3.79 ERA Cleveland

United League Most Valuable Player: Frank Wahren (1B) 7HRs, 116RBIs, .343AVG 1399DPO Ohio

National League

National League Pitcher of the Year: Sean Reynolds 26-11, 2.62 ERA Baltimore

National League Player of the Year: Darryl Manna (2B) 12HRs, 133RBIs, .356AVG 292DPO Boston Beetles

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