Western League in 1898*

Introduction

The Western League (WL) was established in 1894 (129 years ago) to initially support and then challenge the National League (NL).

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.

1898 was Season 5 of play for the Western League and took place 125 years ago.


Classification

Elite League


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Season Champion

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Season Standings


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