April 2014 Issue

Feature Articles

The Fascinating Beginning of Baseball's National League
After a tumultuous six-year existence of mismanagement, corruption, disorganization, and continued influence of gambling, baseball's first professional league, the National Association folded after the 1875 season. The following year an Illinois businessman, and owner of the Chicago White Stockings, William Hulbert saved the game by creating the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs.
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By Trevor Hayes
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Frederick Benteen: Baseball & Custer's 7th Cavalry
Captain Frederick Benteen, the captain of General George Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment was a lover of baseball. While under Custer's command, Benteen had put together quite a team of talented baseball players. Some had aspirations of playing professionally. However, a little place called Little Big Horn would end that hope for many.
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By Gary Joseph Cieradkowski
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Philadelphia Athletics and New York Mutual Expelled at Season's End
In the five years of the National Association's existence, teams that were financially strapped often skipped out on late season road swings with little or no consequences. As members of the newly formed National League, the Philadelphia A's and New York Mutuals decided to do just that. But, this was not the National Association and the consequences were severe.
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By Brendan Macgranachan
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