The WL implemented several innovations and reforms when it re-introduced Sunday games, a playoff system, and strict rules regarding player contracts which helped attract talented players and fans alike. The WL solidified its status as a formidable rival to the NL by expanding to underserved Midwest cities. In 1900, the WL underwent a significant transformation and rebranded itself as the American League, which eventually achieved major league status and became one of the two pillars of Major League Baseball.
1897 was Season 4 of play for the Western League and took place 126 years ago.
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