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
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