Birth of baseball’s American League (1900)

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Rival of National League

American Association of Baseball Clubs comes into existence

Philadelphia, Jan 30 – The American Association of Baseball Clubs was organized here today. The Continental Hotel, where the meeting was held, was crowded with baseball men from nearly every section of the country in which the national game is played professionally.

When the meeting was called to order by President Quin there were present: HD Quin, HC Ravener and JD O’Brien, Milwaukee; Thomas B Harlan and GP Hoeck, St Louis; Frank Richter, Philadelphia; Thomas McCarthy and John Drew, Boston; John McGraw, Conway W Sams and Phil Peterson, Baltimore; Adrian C Anson, Chicago; HD Quin (by proxy), Detroit. The New York representative, who came over last night, returned home today for instructions.

President Quin said he regarded the statement that the National League would place another association in the field to antagonize the American Association as a bluff. He intimated that it was to be a fight to a finish, and quoted the case of McGraw as a significant proof. McGraw, he said, was scheduled for sale by Hanlon & Co at $14,000, the player to receive $7,000 of the purchase money. This, with his salary of $5,000, he threw aside to join forces with the new association. Mr Quin asserted that the American Association would have no reserve clubs.

The circuit as made up today includes Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, in the East, and Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and St Louis in the West. Applications from Providence and New York have been received, and one of these cities will surely be selected at the meeting tomorrow.

One of the most important things done today was the adoption of a resolution that each city which is granted a franchise must deposit $5,000 as a guarantee that the club is acting in good faith. Each city is willing to deposit that amount.

Photo: The Boston Americans, who won the first official World Series in 1903

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