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Jeez, the Militia loaded up. I wish the Brotherhood will do some good things soon. 

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Barry Leonard (Indianapolis Stripes Owner) was instrumental in leading the city of Indianapolis to fund the construction of a new public stadium ($194,000). The stadium was to be used by the local university's baseball team in addition to the city's professional team (Indianapolis Stripes). This stadium's main structure was constructed from red brick and fitted with wood benches that were painted green to match team colors. The outfield bleachers were of wooden construction also painted completely green. A bronze plaque to commemorate the Stripes 1910 United League championship was placed into the outer brick facade of the stadium, along with several more empty spots for future championships.

 

The freshly constructed ballpark would become the new home of the Indianapolis Stripes as they would transition from the privately funded Leonard Park (constructed 1905, 9,217; Conv-F, Comf-D, Sight-D), which had just hosted several iconic games in the last UNBA World Championship Series. Indianapolis' new stadium was christened 'The People's Park' on March 20th, 1911, in time for the Stripes first game of the 1911 season.

 

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14 hours ago, D42 said:

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I really like the new park (may be biased). Hopefully it can stay intact for a while.

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I just read the whole thing, it is absolutely amazing, I will be following it from now on, keep up the great job man :D
P.D. Go Brotherhood! (Cause they are from boston and they look like the Red Sox :p)

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Would it be possible for you to make a Boston Brotherhood signature? If not, no worries. Thanks!

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Looking to return to regular posts on this feed by the end of the month. Hopefully the 28th or 29th. Been super busy with work, but my latest project is finally winding down and I'll have some downtime. 

On 4/27/2017 at 0:12 PM, AndesMts27 said:

Would it be possible for you to make a Boston Brotherhood signature? If not, no worries. Thanks!

 Like thisYeah, maybe next week. Fingers crossed.
On 4/17/2017 at 10:09 PM, Paco0454 said:

I just read the whole thing, it is absolutely amazing, I will be following it from now on, keep up the great job man :D
P.D. Go Brotherhood! (Cause they are from boston and they look like the Red Sox :p)

 

Thanks, wish I could be more active with my posts. Followers make it worth posting.

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IT'S BACK! Go Titans by the way...

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Major Baseball Leagues

 

NCBL (North Coast Baseball League) 1879-Present

The NCBL is the oldest baseball league in the world and is considered the second highest level of professional baseball. The NCBL and UNBA are two structed leagues, other pro leagues have less structure and much higher member fluctuation.

 

The NCBL formed with 6 teams that wished to have a more stable schedule, eventually the league began to appoint a yearly champion beginning in 1881.

 

1879:

  • The Albany Club (NY)

  • Central A.C. (New York, NY)\

  • Empire A.C. (New York, NY)

  • Vine Street A.C. (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Ridge A.C. (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Troy (NY)

 

The NCBL ballooned to 16 teams by 1882 which included their new addition of the New York Militia. The NCBL consisted primarily of Athletic Clubs with a few owner managed professional teams sprinkled in the league. By the mid 1880’s it had become apparent that the pro-teams were dominating the athletic club filled league. Prior to the 1885 season the NCBL splintered, with over half of its 22 teams leaving in order to either join the newly formed AACB or continue playing as an independent. The NCBL consisted of 9 teams during  the 1885 season.

 

1885:

  • The Albany Club (NY)

  • Troy ‘Tigers’ (NY)

  • Allegheny City A.C. (PA)

  • Clark A.C. (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • New York ‘Militia’ (NY)

  • Erie Shore A.C. ‘Lakers’ (Cleveland, OH)

  • Buffalo A.C. (NY)

  • Philadelphia ‘Hounds’ (PA)

  • Bridgeport A.C. ‘Fishermen’ (CT)

 

 

The NCBL would continue to slowly lose athletic clubs to the AACB for the next several seasons. However, they would add a few professional clubs to the league. By 1890 the league stabilized at 8 teams; 7 professional clubs and 1 athletic club. During this period of transition the New York Militia began to establish itself as the elite ballclub within the NCBL, winning two championship in 1887 & 1888.

 

1890:

  • Troy Tigers (NY)

  • New York Militia (NY)

  • Erie Shore A.C. ‘Lakers’ (Cleveland, OH)

  • Philadelphia Hounds (PA)

  • Scranton ‘Redcaps’ (PA)

  • Richmond Falcons (VA)

  • Utica Frost (NY)

  • Wheeling Mongoose (WV)

 

The New York Militia would continue their dominance of the NCBL claiming the 1890, 1893, and 1895-1896 championships. The Richmond Falcons moved to Baltimore in 1893, and the NCBL stopped counting out of league games in teams’ records. This led many teams to stop scheduling opponents from outside the NCBL. The Wheeling Mongoose folded after the 1896 season and after the 1897 season Erie Shore A.C. left the NCBL. So the 1898 season would see only 6 teams within the NCBL, however these were 6 financially secure clubs.

 

1898:

  • Troy Tigers (NY)

  • New York Militia (NY)

  • Philadelphia Hounds (PA)

  • Scranton Reds (PA)

  • Baltimore Falcons (MD)

  • Utica Frost (NY)

 

The New York Militia would dominate the smaller NCBL winning four straight championships from 1899-1902. The league would grow in 1900 to 7 teams with the addition of the Syracuse Machiners. However, the NCBL was now playing second string to the UNBL with players jumping to the new league. When the UNBL's National League extended an invitation to the New York Militia on Christmas Day, New York readily accepted and made the announcement on New Year's that they would be joining the National League and the UNBL for the 1903 season.

 

With the loss of the NCBL’s most successful ballclub the league appeared to be at the brink of failure. The 1903 season would be played with the six remaining teams. Prior to the 1904 season the NCBL had a league meeting. In the 1904 meeting they approved the addition of two new ball-clubs (Allentown Flyers (PA), Edison Blues (NJ)), and agreed to stop competing with the UNBA for big name talent and focus on acquiring local talent.

 

1904:

  • Troy Tigers (NY)

  • Philadelphia Hounds (PA)

  • Scranton Reds (PA)

  • Baltimore Falcons (MD)

  • Utica Frost (NY)

  • Syracuse Machiners (NY)

  • Allentown Flyers (PA)

  • Edison Blues (NJ)

 

The Philadelphia Hounds relocated to Reading (PA) in 1907. The NCBL continues by focusing on local talent and local fans.

 

NCBL championship history:

1881- Empire A.C. (57-27) .679

1882- Troy (78-32) .709

1883- Clark A.C. (52-8) .867

1884- New York (76-38) .666

1885- Philadelphia ‘Hounds’ (38-16) .704

1886- Troy ‘Tigers’ (67-26) .720

1887- New York ‘Militia’ (49-31) .613

1888- New York Militia (46-27) .630

1889- Philadelphia Hounds (50-31) .617

1890- New York Militia (50-24) .676

1891- Scranton ‘Redcaps’ (53-25) .679

1892- Troy Tigers (44-27) .620

1893- New York Militia (45-25) .643

1894- Philadelphia Hounds (47-23) .671

1895- New York Militia (46-24) .657

1896- New York Militia (44-26) .629

1897- Philadelphia Hounds (35-25) .583

1898- Philadelphia Hounds (28-22) .560

1899- New York Militia (38-22) .633

1900- New York Militia (44-16) .733

1901- New York Militia (49-11) .816

1902- New York Militia (40-21) .666

1903- Troy Tigers (32-18) .640

1904- Syracuse Machiners (46-24) .657

1905- Syracuse Machiners (40-30) (1-0) .577

1906- Edison Blues (50-34) (1-0) .600

1907- Reading Hounds (47-37) .560

1908- Allentown Flyers (51-33) .607

1909- Baltimore Falcons (60-24) .714

1910- Reading Hounds (49-35) .583

 

 

 

AACB (Association for Athletic Club Baseball) 1885-1890(Professional league) 1891-1917(Club league) 1918-Present (Governing Association)

 

The AACB was formed in 1885 as 10 members of the NCBL decided to leave and form their own baseball association. The AACB posts rules and guidelines, while also supplying umpires for AACB games since the 1889 season. By 1890 the AACB consisted of 18 athletic clubs. In 1891 the AACB passed a rule prohibiting the paying of players (Until that point star players at larger clubs would routinely receive cash bonuses), this rule stated that each athletic club could only waive their membership fees for participating players, and clubs were prohibited from paying players. After 1891 the league's talent level began dropping. The AACB is no longer viewed as a major baseball league, though it remains a governing association and league for club baseball across the United States.

 

UBA (United Baseball Association) 1886-1900

 

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.

 

NOBL (National Organized Baseball League) 1893-1900

 

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 ball clubs. 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.

 

 

UNBA (United National Baseball Association) 1901-Present

 

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.

 

SBA (Southern Baseball Association) 1897-1907

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New York Militia 1882-1895

 

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Highest Current Player Salaries (1911)

1. $36,600 Drew Krull (P) New York Militia

2. $34,100 Phil Scrimshawe (2B) New York Militia

3. $30,900 Derrick Dotson (P) Philadelphia Boomers

4. $24,390 Peter Martin (P) Ohio Royals

5. $18,400 Brian Hockenberry (SS) Boston Brotherhood

6. $16,700 Mike Olney (P) Chicago Crusaders

7. $16,100 Doug Rayfield (CF) New York Militia

8. $14,700 Cory Bramble (LF) St Louis Steamers

9. $14,300 Jim MacColl (P) Indianapolis Stripes

10. $14,040 Chad Blank (P) Washington D.C. Executives

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