The Federal League opened its history on April 13, 1914 at Terrapin Park
when Baltimore pitcher Jack Quinn earned a 4-2 victory over Buffalo.
More than 28,000 were in attendance.
The league had been able to lure players away
from the National and American Leagues. George Stovall of the St. Louis
Browns was the first player to switch allegiances. Joe Tinker would join
Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson signed a contract with the
Federal League, but later changed his mind. Washington Senators owner Clark
Griffith gave him a large raise and a bonus. The
money came from other American League owners who were afraid that Johnson
would become a Federal League member.
Weeghman Park opened on April 23, 1914. This
park would later become known as Wrigley Field. The Chicago Whales christened
the park with a 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Packers.
The league's first no hitter came on September
19 when Ed Lafitte of Brooklyn defeated Kansas City, 6-2.
Indianapolis clinched the Federal League title
when the team beat St. Louis on October 6 and Chicago lost to Kansas City.