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1915 Federal League

 The drama for the 1915 Federal League season had actually started on November 1, 1915. Connie Mack and the Athletics released Eddie Plank and Chief Bender. Both players signed contracts in the Federal League -- Plank going to St. Louis and Bender to Baltimore.

   The league then started its challenge against the American and National Leagues. On January 5, 1915, the Federal League filed a lawsuit challenging organized baseball as an illegal trust that should be dissolved. Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, future baseball commissioner, ruled over the dispute.

   Frank Allen of Pittsburgh threw a 2-0 no-hitter against St. Louis on April 24. On May 15, Chicago's Claude Hendrix pitched his own no-hitter, a 10-0 victory over Pittsburgh. The no-hitters continued on August 16 with Kansas City's Miles Main's 5-0 win over Buffalo and on September 7 with St. Louis' Dave Davenport's 3-0 victory over Chicago.

   Chicago's victory over Pittsburgh on the last day of the season, October 3, sealed the second Federal League pennant by a mere .001 over St. Louis and a half game over Pittsburgh.

   On December 22, the Federal League officially came to an end when a peace treaty was reached. The AL and NL took in some of the Federal League teams and many players started to enter Organized Baseball.


Team W-L GB
Chicago 86-66 --
St. Louis 87-67 --
Pittsburgh 86-67 0.5
Kansas City 81-72 5.5
Newark 80-72 6
Buffalo 74-78 12
Brooklyn 70-82 16
Baltimore 47-107 40

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