History of the NL 1876-1900 - classic-sports-journal.com

History of the NL 1876-1900

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The newly formed NL was strong enough to defeat competition from 3 other leagues, but was also guilty of codifying two ills: creation of the reserve clause which bound a player to 1 team, and barred blacks from play. Ill-tempered players, riotous fans, and corrupt owners made the AL an attractive option in 1901.