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The Basketball Association of America Current Year: 1955-56 Furlow Cup Map of Current Teams This league will be taking the place of the NBA in this timeline. It will begin in 1949, a few years after World War II (and when the NBA went under due to financial issues). The BAA was founded by a group of Columbus Businessmen who had been missing the spectacle of pro basketball over the past few years. Here is how the story line goes: - January, 1943: NBA Folds - October, 1948: Roger Dobrinski, Harold Cooper, and Jack Furlow announce they wish to start a new basketball league, the BAA, and are looking for bids from cities and owners. - December, 1948: The 3 announce that they have received close to a dozen bids from cities in primarily the eastern United States. They also announce there will be 8 bids chosen for the inaugural year of the BAA. - July, 1949: Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Richmond, Savannah, Jacksonville, Louisville, and Nashville are announced as the BAA charter markets. - November, 1949: Team identities and uniforms begin to be unveiled by each club... Starting with the Columbus Cardinals on November 2, 1949 The Cardinals are owned by Harold Cooper. Furlow and Dobrinski (the other two founders) are set to serve as Co-Commissioners of the BAA. Cooper is a quiet man who enjoys bird-watching in his free time, often traveling around North America in order to view various rare species of birds. He chose the Cardinal to represent one of his first favorite birds, and his home state of Ohio. The Cardinals will start off playing their games in St. John Arena (shared with Ohio State Basketball). Cooper plans to have a new, larger arena built by 1960. The Logo Columbus' logo is a simple C with a crest of a cardinal topping it off. The Uniforms Both uniforms use a script (Cardinals on the home, Columbus on the away) and a simplistic design with no flashy elements.
I tried this early last year but it never really panned out. I made this this league a couple years back and decided I'd make the logos of the teams present in the league. I use OOTP Baseball for this fictional league because of how well you can design and map out your own league. Without further ado, the Baseball in America Association ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Baseball in America Association began in 1983 when the Frontier League (Renamed the Rocky Mountain League after 1983) merged with the Mississippi River League. Reginald Barron was the creator of the Mississippi River League which played its very first season in 1937 which saw the Brooklyn Mobsters take home the championship over the Midwest Baseball Club (Now the St. Louis Arches). In 1950, the Negro Leagues era came to an end when Boston Black Wonders Second Baseman, Norm Barraclough, was sold the the Boston Wonders to become the first black baseball player in the Mississippi River League. The Negro Leagues were disbanded the following year. 1963 rolled around and Ken Deal, the wealthiest man in Kansas, believed that baseball should have more of an influence out west then to the Mississippi. Ken and other wealthy men across America joined together to form the Frontier League. “Expanding to a new frontier of baseball” was the motto of the league as it entered its first season and is still the motto to this day. In 1967, a new league arrived as an independent league. The Great Lakes Legion had a small U.S. following but a huge Midwest following. In 1974, it was decided that a merger would be done and the Milwaukee Wheaties and the Minneapolis Meat would be absorbed into the Mississippi River League. The MRL was at its lowest point in 1976, when the league and the Players Union couldn’t agree on a deal. The Players went on strike. Some looking for new deals went to Canada, but most went west for the Frontier League. Reginald Barron was on the hot seat. He went looking for ideas. He thought up an All-Star Game between his league, and Deal’s league. Deal said the only way he’d take the deal if the game would be played in a Frontier League ballpark. Barron accepted the deal and the 1977 All-Star Game was played in front of 30,000 at Johnson Field in Memphis, Tennessee. With the hit of the All-Star Game, Barron and Deal decided that the two leagues would merge in time for the 1983 season. The contract stated that the MRL would only take 4 FL teams, the two leagues wouldn’t play each other in regular season games, and that the All-Star Game would remain. The World Series era began as in the first BAA World Series, the Boston Minutemen would knock off the San Francisco Pirates in 7 games. Barron died in 1989. Deal decided that the World Series trophy would be name after Barron, and the name changed from the American Cup to the Barron Bowl. Deal passed away in 1992. Barron’s son, Danny Barron has the President of the BAA since 2001. The Association now has 32 teams that spans from Boston to Vancouver. The latest expansion came in 2016. There are 4 divisions in each league each named North, South, East, and West. Both RML and MRL have the DH rule. 158 games are played a year. Huge thanks to @JMurr for redoing the logos Hope you all enjoy the BAA
Hello everyone, this is my first topic, so might as well make it my baseball league I made a year or 2 ago.I'm going to start in 2015, showcase the divisions and the team's history, then go back to the start of the league/leagues in 1937 and work my way up to 2015 again. There are 3 main leagues in my baseball universe.The Rocky Mountain League (Est.1963) the Mississippi League (Est.1937), which comprise the 2 leagues of a total of 32 teams, and the Baseball in Canada Association (Est.1939) which has in total 12 teams.In 1983,the Mississippi League and the Rocky Mountain League (Frontier League at the time) combined with each other making the Baseball in America Association or the BAA. As for the Baseball in Canada Association,not a whole lot of history is there.The BCA was bought by the BAA in the 1990's but have yet to make a merger between the 2. At the end of each season,the best teams from the RML and the ML take each other on in a 7 game series for the prized Barron Bowl,Named after the first commissioner Reginald (Ray) Barron.After his death in 1994,his son was elected new commissioner of the league.The latest expansion happened this year.The logo of the league is in the link.http://coopdawg415.deviantart.com/art/Untitled-581795232?ga_submit_new=10%253A1451699934 There are pry more leagues the world, like Japan,Italy,Etc., I've just focused on the North American part of my baseball world.Also the MLB and its minor leagues have never existed in this world.So, I am happy to start this league up and share it with all of y'all.