Year-by-year: Open Baseball League results

Year-by-year: Open Baseball League results

10/4/2022 PAGE UPDATE: 1921-1930 “REPLAYS” NOW COMPLETE, POSTED; PLUS… PREVIEW OF OBL LEAGUE STRUCTURE GOING FORWARD (ERA #3 OF 5, 1931+)

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8/9-10/2022 PAGE UPDATE: 1911-1920 “REPLAYS” NOW COMPLETE, POSTED

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5/20/2022: PAGE UPDATE: 1871-1910 “REPLAYS” NOW COMPLETE

SEE OPEN BASEBALL LEAGUE (OBL) RESULTS FOR THE WHOLE 19TH CENTURY (1871-1900) — AND NOW — THE FIRST TWO DECADES OF THE 20TH BELOW

3/25/2022: WITH A “VINTAGE” O.B.L. LOGO IN PLACE, THIS IS THE ACTION-PAGE TO WATCH GOING FORWARD

This is the RetroPlay.net baseball project-related page that will see the most change in the coming months. While you’re (hopefully) roaming around RetroPlay Park, I’ll be pitting my birthplace-based teams against each other in order to determine Open Baseball League (OBL) seasonal champions for each year from 1871 through 2020. Once the roster-yielding templates are in place — as I’ve already discovered in trial runs — the process won’t take all that long. As the results are produced, you should be able to find periodic reports right here on this page. It’s my belief that once you see some patterns emerge — how localized teammates can come together to form teams that turn into franchise dynasties, for example — it’ll become more interesting and intriguing. If bookmarks are still a thing, I suggest you use one here.

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As we (that is, I ) “replay” on paper every “Major-League Baseball” season from 1871 through 2020, the team standings and rosters of the champions will be posted on this page. Now, just to be clear, this whole run-through has been done previously — twice — using different formats, which a microscopic few of you may even somehow recall. Those two previous iterations/forerunners were the “True Test League(TTL) and the “Expanded Regional League(ERL).

The TTL was a strict, state-borders affair, in which only a very small handful of American states could field enough native sons in a given year to even put on the field and cover the positions or fill out a roster (think New York and Pennsylvania in the earliest years, and California from about 1930 onward, and Ohio, Texas, Florida, and Illinois at various times; not many others). So that was little more than a crude experiment that fell way short on player participation and was not very intellectually satisfying; strike one.

The ERL pulled together states that couldn’t stand alone (almost all of ’em!) together into regional teams, but those teams only included players who had at least one season of 1.0 (or better) WAR, or in the case of Negro-Leaguers, who played shorter schedules, a season of 0.5 WAR or more. So here we can see that Black Baseball was on the RetroPlay radar quite some time ago, and that the ERL was an improvement as far as wider player participation goes (no American state was outside of a region’s scope), but still, it proved to be strike two because it became apparent that even the neutral/negative WAR players were needed to field full teams; hey, that’s just real life (I learned, or was reminded).

Once I’d wasted enough time on the learning curve/experimental phase, it became evident what should be done if this thing was going to be done right: every MLB/NLB player who met the minimum requirements for plate appearances/innings pitched — regardless of where in the world they were born — should be given a place to play, a regional team he could potentially join. In the earliest project years, the thinking was that we shouldn’t “saddle” a team with someone who made — numerically speaking — a relatively “negative” contribution, on the whole (which sets aside actual positive game-day contributions in certain cases that are lost in the statistical sea). That was wrongheaded, of course, as I’ve already indicated (that’s life, that’s how things work in reality). So the Open Baseball League saves me, I think, from taking strike three on this decades-long “vision.” I’m satisfied that this is as far as I can take this birthplace-based project, and that the final course of action is the best way to go.

I hope you will enjoy seeing the replay/season-simulation results as they’re posted here in this Retro-Fantasy league escape-scape. It’s not real history, but it can still stir the imagination and make real life — today — a bit more fun.

[Final note for today: as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, and if time permits, I’d really like to run the gamut — 1871 through 2020 — via simulated-season software. This is the remaining “pipe-dream”]

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“REPLAY”/SEASON-SIMULATION RESULTS (W.A.R.-BASED, BIRTHPLACE-DETERMINED TEAMS)

1921 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. M.R.R. REGENTS                        95 – 35  .731 Faber 11.1, Bancroft 7.4, Bullet Joe Bush 5.7
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                  86 – 44  .662 Heilmann 6.8, Pete Alexander, Ken Williams 5.5
  3. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)               84 – 46  .646 Hornsby 10.8, Rogan 8.5, Speaker 6.6
  4. SOUTHEAST (debut)                   74 – 56  .569 Cobb 6.8, Ben Taylor 6.7, Redding 4.9
  5. OHIO TITANS                              74 – 56  .569 Shocker 8.5, Sad Sam Jones 7.2, Sisler 5.8
  6. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN         73 – 57  .562 Carl Mays 7.4, C. Blackwell 6.8, J. Jeffries 5.7
  7. MIDWEST MAJORS                     72 – 58  .554 B. Grimes 8.0, Charleston 6.4, Sam Rice 4.4
  8. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS             61 – 69  .469 Frisch 6.9, Mogridge 6.3, W. Hoyt 5.5
  9. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS         56 – 74  .431 S. Coveleski 6.5, Bassler 3.1, Bill Francis 3.0
  10. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS            56 – 74  .431 Ruth 12.6, Rommel 5.2, Rixey 4.5
  11. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS        54 – 76  .415 Leblanc 7.0, Torriente 6.2, Luque 5.1
  12. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                    49 – 81  .377 Oeschger 4.6, Shanks 4.0, Sheely 2.6
  13. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS           46 – 84  .354 Joe Sewell 4.9, Glazner 4.6, Roy Roberts 4.4
  14. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS          30 – 100 .231 L. Gardner 4.5, Maranville 4.2, Lefty Tyler 0.9

1922 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)            105 – 25  .808 Hornsby 10.0, Rogan 9.1, Speaker 6.9
  2. M.R.R. REGENTS                          96 – 34  .738 Faber 9.5, Bancroft 6.1, Vangilder 5.7
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                   93 – 37  .715 K. Williams 7.9, Pillette 5.5, WJ, Heilmann 5.4
  4. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                   71 – 59  .546  O’Farrell 5.9, Pipp 4.5, Pfeffer, McManus 4.4
  5. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN         71 – 59  .546 Wilbur Cooper 7.5, Morrison 5.9, Veach 5.0
  6. OHIO TITANS                              71 – 59  .546  Sisler 8.7, Shocker 7.4, Uhle 5.7
  7. SOUTHEAST                                69 – 61  .531  Cobb 6.7, Dobie Moore 5.4, Redding 4.9
  8. MIDWEST MAJORS                     65 – 65  .500  Charleston 6.8, Carey 5.2, Babe Adams 4.6
  9. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS             64 – 66  .492  Jack Quinn 4.6, Frisch 4.5, Schang 4.2
  10. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS         61 – 69  .469  Shawkey 6.9, S. Coveleski 5.8, Daubert 4.1
  11. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS            58 – 72  .446  Rommel 7.1, Ruth 6.4, Rixey, Blue 3.7
  12. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS          42 – 88  .323  Padron 4.0, Doc Sykes 3.6, Joe Sewell 2.8
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS       22 – 108 .169  Luque 3.1, Fabre and Dreke 2.2
  14. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS          22 – 108 .169  Whitey Witt 2.8, Rosy Ryan 2.6, McNamara 1.7

1923 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)              87 – 43  .669  Speaker 9.1, Rogan 8.6, Hornsby 6.8
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                   86 – 44  .662  Heilmann 9.3, K. Williams 7.7, Thurston 5.9
  3. MIDWEST MAJORS                     85 – 45  .654  Fournier 5.7, Dauss, Charleston 5.3
  4. M.R.R. REGENTS                          81 – 49  .623  Vangilder 5.8, Bullet Joe Bush 5.6, Ruel 4.7
  5. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS              78 – 52  .600  Frisch 7.1, Ring 6.8, Eddie Collins 6.4
  6. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS            73 – 57  .562  Ruth 14.2, Rommel 5.6, Rixey 5.4
  7. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                    69 – 61  .531  Riggins 5.0, O’Farrell 4.7, Dicta Johnson 3.7
  8. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS           66 – 64  .508  J. Sewell 7.5, Padron 4.6, Malarcher 3.2
  9. OHIO TITANS                               65 – 65  .500  Uhle 7.9, Shocker 6.5, George Burns 4.2
  10. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS        55 – 75  .423  Luque 10.9, Torriente 5.4, Mendez 3.0
  11. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS          51 – 79  .392  Pennock 6.2, Bassler 4.9, Joe Harris 4.7
  12. SOUTHEAST                                 46 – 84  .354  Dobie Moore 6.7, Cobb 5.6, Meadows 3.0
  13. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN          41 – 89  .315  Johnston 4.3, W. Cooper 4.2, Morrison 4.0
  14. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS          27 – 103 .169  Traynor 4.6, Friberg 3.9, Johnny Cooney 3.0

1924 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)              103 – 27  .792  Hornsby 12.3, Dave Brown 6.7, Youngs 5.9
  2. M.R.R. REGENTS                            89 – 41  .685  Vance 10.3, Zack Wheat 6.8, B.J. Bush 5.7
  3. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS              86 – 44  .662  Ruth 11.8, Winters 8.0, Goslin 6.5
  4. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS            82 – 48  .631  Wingard 5.2, Newt Joseph 5.1, Streeter 4.7
  5. WESTERN PIONEERS                     78 – 52  .600  W. Johnson 7.5, Heilmann 6.5, G. Kelly 4.9
  6. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                72 – 58  .554  Ehmke 8.2, Frisch 7.5, E. Collins 5.2
  7. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS            70 – 60  .538  Pennock 7.8, Shaute 6.8, Bassler 4.3
  8. MIDWEST MAJORS                        66 – 64  .508  Fournier 6.4, Cuyler 4.7, Grimes 3.0
  9. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                       58 – 72  .446  High 4.9, Jacobson 4.5, Yde 3.3
  10. SOUTHEAST                                   56 – 74  .431  D. Moore 6.3, Sherry Smith 5.7, Cobb 5.5
  11. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN            49 – 81  .377  C. Mays 4.0, W. Cooper 3.7, Warfield 2.6
  12. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS           42 – 88  .323  Torriente 5.1, Levis 3.1, Dihigo 2.8
  13. OHIO TITANS                                  31 – 99  .238  Shocker 4.9, Peckinpaugh 4.3, S.S. Jones 2.9
  14. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS             28 – 102 .215  Johnny Cooney 3.9, Hartnett, Maranville 3.6

1925 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)              107 – 23  .823  Hornsby 10.3, Rogan 9.9, Pete Donohue 6.9
  2. MIDWEST MAJORS                       79 – 51  .608  Cuyler 6.8, Al Simmons 6.6, Dauss 4.2
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                     74 – 56  .569  Heilmann 7.0, W. Johnson 6.7, Alexander 4.7
  4. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS              73 – 57  .562  Winters 6.6, Goslin 6.5, Rixey 6.3, Rommel 5.4
  5. M.R.R. REGENTS                            73 – 57  .562  Vance 5.9, Bancroft 5.2, Z. Wheat 5.1
  6. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                     72 – 58  .554  Bottomley 5.6, Hal Carlson 4.6, Ray Blades 4.5
  7. SOUTHEAST                                  69 – 61  .531  Jack Scott 5.9, Cobb 5.8, Al Wingo 5.4
  8. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS           65 – 65  .500  Pennock 6.4, Sherdel 5.6, Joe Harris 3.7
  9. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS            65 – 65  .500  J. Sewell 5.3, Ted Lyons 4.9, Padron 4.5
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN           61 – 69  .469  Stearnes 5.4, Combs 4.0, George Britt 3.2
  11. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                57 – 73  .438  E. Collins 5.2, W. Hoyt 5.1, Ehmke 4.9
  12. OHIO TITANS                                 50 – 80  .385  Shocker 6.3, Jake Miller 4.3, Sisler 2.8
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS          35 – 95  .269  Luque 6.8, Dihigo 3.3, Montalvo 2.8
  14. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS            30 – 100 .231  Traynor 3.6, Hartnett 3.5, J. Cooney 3.4

1926 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)               106 – 24  .815  Willie Foster 8.5, William Bell 5.9, Falk 5.7
  2. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS              84 – 46  .646  Ruth 11.6, Goslin 6.9, Grove 6.6
  3. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                     83 – 47  .638  H. Carlson 8.7, Mostil 6.4, O’Farrell 3.9
  4. M.R.R. REGENTS                            82 – 48  .631  Hensley 5.6, Travis Jackson 4.4, Bancroft 4.2
  5. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS            76 – 54  .585  J. Sewell 6.0, Lyons 5.8, Manush 5.3
  6. WESTERN PIONEERS                     75 – 55  .577  Ray Kremer 6.6, Heilmann 5.3, Kamm 5.2
  7. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS            72 – 58  .554  Hack Wilson 5.4, S. Adams, L. Bell 4.6, Shaute 3.9
  8. MIDWEST MAJORS                        61 – 69  .469  A. Simmons 5.2, Cuyler 4.4, Grimes 3.0
  9. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                60 – 70  .462  Gehrig 6.9, Frisch 4.6, Ehmke 3.1
  10. OHIO TITANS                                 51 – 79  .392  Uhle 9.3, G. Burns 5.1, Shocker 5.0
  11. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN            47 – 83  .362  Stearnes 6.0, C. Mays 4.4, Bob Smith 3.6
  12. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS           46 – 84  .354  Dihigo 5.5, Torriente 3.7, Rosell 2.6
  13. SOUTHEAST                                    42 – 88  .323  Zachary 4.5, Sam Gibson 3.6, Otto Briggs 1.8
  14. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS             25 – 105 .192  Jack Quinn 3.2, Traynor 3.1, Hartnett 2.6

1927 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)               116 – 14  .892  Hornsby 10.2, W. Foster 7.4, Wells, P. Waner 7.0
  2. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS               85 – 45  .654  Ruth 12.6, Tommy Thomas 7.9, Grove, Goslin 5.3
  3. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS             84 – 46  .646  Lyons 8.0, Lundy 5.5, L. Farrell, Parnell 5.3
  4. WESTERN PIONEERS                      82 – 48  .631  Heilmann 7.1, Kremer 6.7, Lazzeri 6.4
  5. M.R.R. REGENTS                             72 – 58  .554  Vance 7.5, T. Jackson 5.3, Whitehill 5.0
  6. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                 70 – 60  .538  Gehrig 11.9, Frisch 9.4, W. Hoyt 6.1
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN             67 – 63  .515  Combs 7.1, Red Lucas 5.8, George Harper 5.4
  8. OHIO TITANS                                  58 – 72  .446  Ed Rile 6.9, Jesse Haines 5.2, Fothergill 4.5
  9. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS             53 – 77  .408  H. Wilson 6.3, Pennock 3.2, Max Bishop 2.9
  10. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS              49 – 81  .377  Hadley 5.2, Quinn 4.2, Traynor 4.1
  11. MIDWEST MAJORS                         49 – 81  .377  A. Simmons 5.9, Charleston 4.7, Grimes 2.8
  12. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                       48 – 82  .369  Bottomley, Dressen 4.4, Ossie Bluege 3.5
  13. SOUTHEAST                                    44 – 86  .338  Bill Terry 5.3, Meadows 4.8, Cobb 4.5
  14. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS            33 – 97  .254  Rosell 3.8, Dihigo 3.4, Luque 3.3, Levis 3.2

1928 – Parameters:   14 teams; 130 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS            106 – 24  .815  Manush 7.3, Trent 6.9, J. Sewell 5.4, Paige 5.1
  2. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS               103 – 27  .792  Ruth 10.2, Goslin 7.5, Grove 7.2
  3. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)                     91 – 39  .700  Hornsby 8.9, P. Waner 6.8, Willie Wells 6.2
  4. M.R.R. REGENTS                               80 – 50  .615   Vance 10.3, Benton 6.5, T. Jackson 5.3
  5. WESTERN PIONEERS                        68 – 62  .523   Hafey 5.2, Lazzeri 4.6, Alexander 4.1
  6. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS               65 – 65  .500   Sherdel 6.1, Pennock 5.9, H. Wilson 5.5
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN               63 – 67  .485  Sheriff Blake 5.4, Combs, Carl Glass 4.7
  8. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                         61 – 69  .469   Lindstrom 6.0, Bottomley 5.6, Ruffing 4.8
  9. MIDWEST MAJORS                           60 – 70  .462   Grimes 7.2, Simmons 4.6, Gehringer 4.5
  10. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                   57 – 73  .438   Gehrig 9.5, W. Hoyt 5.2, Frisch 4.4
  11. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                53 – 77  .408   Hartnett 5.0, Bissonette 4.4, Hadley 4.2
  12. OHIO TITANS                                    48 – 82  .369   S.S. Jones 6.2, J. Haines 4.4, English 2.7
  13. SOUTHEAST                                      42 – 88  .323   Braxton 5.6, Crowder 4.7, B. Terry 4.2
  14. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS            13 – 117 .100   Rosell 3.6, Heliodoro Diaz 2.8, Oms 1.7

1929 – Parameters:   13 teams; Latin-America franchise discontinued, but players released to Southeast; 132 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)                 108 – 24  .818  Hornsby 10.5, Hudlin 7.3, Marberry 7.1
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                      100 – 32  .758  Lazzeri 7.8, O’Doul 7.4, Chet Brewer 6.2
  3. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS               86 – 46  .652  Mel Ott 7.2, Watty Clark 5.6, Stephenson 4.8
  4. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS                 75 – 57  .568  Ruth 8.1, Foxx 7.9, M. Gaston, T. Thomas 4.8
  5. MIDWEST MAJORS                          74 – 58  .561 Simmons 7.9, John Williams 6.2, Gehringer 5.9
  6. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN              69 – 63  .523  Lucas 6.1, Dale Alexander 5.2, Combs 5.0
  7. M.R.R. REGENTS                               64 – 68  .485  Walberg 6.4, T. Jackson 5.8, Rector 5.0
  8. SOUTHEAST                                     62 – 70  .470  Wes Ferrell 6.5, Ch. Smith 4.8, Terry, Dixon 4.6
  9. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS              54 – 78  .409   H. Wilson 6.1, Pat Malone 4.8, Dykes 4.1
  10. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                  49 – 83  .371   Gehrig 7.5, Earnshaw 5.4, Babe Herman 4.6
  11. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                        42 – 90  .318   Bill Walker 4.0, Bottomley, McManus 3.3
  12. OHIO TITANS                                   41 – 91  .311   Uhle, Root 4.6, Wade Johnston 2.4
  13. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS               34 – 98  .258   Cochrane 3.9, Macfayden 3.4, Traynor 3.2

1930 – Parameters:   13 teams; Latin-America franchise discontinued, but players released to Southeast; 132 league games each; 18-man rosters

  1. TEXAS (+) (w. OK, NM)                   89 – 43  .674  W. Wells 6.8, C. Reynolds 6.3, Joe Williams 4.6
  2. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS                 83 – 49  .629  Ruth 10.5, Grove 10.4, Foxx 6.9
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                        82 – 50  .621  Cronin 8.5, O’Doul 4.7, Larry French 3.4
  4. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS               80 – 52  .606  Ott 6.5, Lyons 6.3, Streeter, Radcliffe 4.4
  5. SOUTHEAST                                     69 – 63  .523  W. Ferrell 9.4, B. Terry 7.9, Vic Sorrell 5.7
  6. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN              68 – 64  .515  Lefty Stewart 7.8, Combs 5.3, Bob Smith 4.7
  7. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                        67 – 65  .508  Lindstrom 6.6, Ed Morgan 5.7, Phil Collins 5.6
  8. M.R.R. REGENTS                               61 – 71  .462  Vance 6.7, Glenn Wright 5.1, T. Jackson 4.8
  9. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS              61 – 71  .462   H. Wilson 7.4, P. Malone 4.7, M. Bishop 4.6
  10. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                  54 – 78  .409   Gehrig 9.6, Babe Herman 6.9, Earnshaw 4.5
  11. MIDWEST MAJORS                          51 – 81  .386   Simmons 7.8, Gehringer 6.6, Grimes 3.4
  12. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS               48 – 84  .364   Cochrane 5.2, Hartnett 5.1, Hadley 4.9
  13. OHIO TITANS                                    45 – 87  .341   Uhle 7.3, English 5.7, Hodapp 4.8

WRAP-UP, 1921-1930: In the first decade of the 20th Century, the Pennsylvania Premiers won 9 out of 10 titles, and fellow original-franchisee New York squeaked out a tiebreaker-determined title in 1910, so it was all about the East Coast, geographically-speaking. Between 1911 and 1920, titles were spread out among Pennsylvania (3 more, to make 15 total, in 1911, 1912, 1915); the Western Pioneers (back-to-back in ’13 and ’14); the Deep South Monarchs (’16 and ’20); and Ohio (1918) and MIdwest (1919). So all but 3 titles were won by teams west (inland) from the Atlantic seaboard. The trend away from the Eastern-based teams was solidly established in the third-decade seasons from 1921 through 1930, when every single championship squad was Western/centrally-based. The Regents of the Mississippi River Region took the honors in ’21, then it was six in a row for Texas(+) (’22 through ’27), a third title for Deep South in ’28, and another pair of titles for the decade-dominating Texas (+) squad. Clearly, the older, mostly East-Coast teams dropped from the top of the heap, and this is probably what one might expect, as the American population moved steadily inward and westward. I’ve always been attracted to this sprawling project by more than an attachment across time to the players of the various historical eras; the geographical element — and what’s more fundamentally geographical than birthplaces? — is what I’ve been most curious about all along. Comparing players between eras is only of secondary interest to me, and that’s something that the WAR formulas can help with, certainly. For me, it’s more intriguing to see how local concentrations of players would’ve fared (on paper, and only hypothetically, of course) against each other within a particular era, and during a particular year in MLB history.

With 40% of our targeted 150 seasons already “in the books,” I’m looking forward to the seasons from 1931 through 1960 (Era III); 1961 through 1990 (Era IV); and, finally (?), 1991 through 2020 (Era V, and project’s end). I’m finding that re-combinations of players have sometimes become necessary as player-populations rose and fell in various regions, but great “pains” have been taken to stay true to the most natural geographical groupings while giving all players world-wide a team for which they can play (if they’re good enough).

Moving forward, here is how the Open Baseball League will be structured until further notice: the league will consist of 16 teams, which represents a one-to-one correspondence with the historical number of Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises from 1901 through 1960 (1914 and ’15 excepted). Seasons will be 150 games in length (compared with 154 historically), and no post-season provisions have been made or planned (as yet). Rosters will be more flexible (expanded size as needed, inclusion of more minor leaguers and “anonymous locals” in position “emergencies,” where the worse alternative would be to cancel/forfeit league games). The WAR values for these non-MLB, non-NLB players — which I’ve had to use only sparingly thus far —  by position, are as follows (reflecting the classic defensive spectrum): 1B = -0.1; LF = -0.2; RF = -0.3; 3B = -0.4; CF = -0.5; 2B = -0.6; SS = -0.7; C = -0.8; P = -0.9. As I’ve hinted, these “phantom” players are used only as last resorts, especially when a reasonable shift of a real player from one position to another makes more sense for the team in question (can’t play two All-Star-quality shortstops at short, so can one play 2B? any experience in the OF?, etc.); objective fairness to all teams is the goal, but I imagine that I’m acting in the best interests of each team before moving to the next.

“BONUS” SNEAK PREVIEW: The results of the 1931 season are complete: Mid-Atlantic Seacaps take first title (Ruth 10.5, Grove 10.0, Goslin 5.7, Lu Blue 5.2, Foxx 4.6 (3B); congrats to Babe & company!)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ End of 10/4/22 update ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“REPLAY”/SEASON-SIMULATION RESULTS (W.A.R.-BASED, BIRTHPLACE-DETERMINED TEAMS)

1911 – Parameters:   132 league games each; 16-man rosters

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS     112 – 20  .848  Walsh 9.1, Mathewson 7.8, Wagner 6.6
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                106 – 26  .803  W. Johnson 8.8, Gregg 8.5, Crawford 5.7
  3. OHIO TITANS                             94 – 38  .712  Mullin 6.4, Marquard 6.1, J. Bates 4.2
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            78 – 54  .591  Russ Ford 7.2, E. Collins 6.6, Schulte 5.2
  5. MIDWEST LAKERS                      64 – 68  .485  Babe Adams 6.7, Konetchy 5.2, M. Brown 4.1
  6. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS         61 – 71  .462  Cobb 10.7, Joe Jackson 9.2, Rucker 8.7
  7. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS         58 – 74  .439  L. Gardner 4.2, McIntyre 4.1, Ray Collins 4.0
  8. TEXAS-LATIN AMERICA              47 – 85  .356  Speaker 6.2, Mendez 4.2, O. Wilson 3.0
  9. M.R.R. REGENTS                         45 – 87  .341  Joe Wood 6.3, Bender 5.5, Fred Clarke 3.8
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN        43 – 89  .326  Milan 4.9, L. Tannehill 3.2, H. Camnitz 2.6
  11. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS           42 – 90  .318  Baker 6.4, Suggs 4.5, Buck Herzog 3.7
  12. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                  42 – 90  .318  Leifield 6.4, L. Doyle 5.2, Fletcher 3.4

1912 – Parameters:  132 league games each; 16-man rosters

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS      98 – 34  .742  Walsh 12.1, Mathewson 8.2, Wagner 8.0
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                 87 – 45  .659  W. Johnson 14.2, V. Gregg 7.2, Crawford 4.7
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            79 – 53  .598  E. Collins 8.8, Zimmerman 7.1, R. Ford 5.7
  4. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        71 – 61  .538  R. Collins 5.8, Gardner 5.8, McInnis 5.7
  5. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       70 – 62  .530  Warhop 7.2, Milan 5.4, B. Sweeney 5.3
  6. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS        69 – 63  .523  J. Jackson 9.5, Cobb 9.2, Rucker 8.3
  7. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                  63 – 69  .477  E. Foster 5.4, L. Doyle 5.0, Fromme 4.4
  8. OHIO TITANS                             58 – 74  .439  Marquard 6.0, Sallee 5.5, Shotton 3.9
  9. M.R.R. REGENTS                         56 – 76  .424  Joe Wood 11.4, Tesreau 4.8, Moeller 3.3
  10. MIDWEST LAKERS                      51 – 81  .386  Donie Bush 5.0, Konetchy 3.8, Benz 2.5
  11. TEXAS-LATIN AMERICA              49 – 83  .371  Speaker 10.1, Wilson, Rath 4.0, Mendez 2.5
  12. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS           41 – 91  .311  Baker 9.3, Suggs 5.1, Benton 3.0

1913 – Parameters:  132 league games each; 16-man rosters

  1. WESTERN PIONEERS                99 – 33  .750  Johnson 16.5, J. Scott 6.7, Cravath 5.7
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            87 – 45  .659  Collins 9.0, Rudolph 4.8, Zimmerman 4.6
  3. OHIO TITANS                             77 – 55  .583  Sallee 6.2, Marquard 5.6, Shotton 4.9
  4. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS         76 – 56  .576  Reb Russell 9.2, Joe Jackson 7.6, Cobb 7.4
  5. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS        74 – 58  .561  Mathewson 7.1, R. Caldwell 4.6, Daubert 4.0
  6. MIDWEST LAKERS                      73 – 59  .553  Adams 9.3, Cicotte 7.2, Dauss 3.8, Saier 3.7
  7. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS         70 – 62  .530  R. Collins 5.6, McInnis 5.4, Lajoie 5.3
  8. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                  56 – 76  .424  Falkenberg 6.8, Fletcher 4.6, Demaree 3.7
  9. M.R.R. REGENTS                         54 – 78  .409  Tesreau 5.7, Chick Gandil 3.9, Bender 3.5
  10. TEXAS-LATIN AMERICA             50 – 82  .379  Speaker 8.4, Joe Williams 3.4, Torriente 2.9
  11. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN        40 – 92  .303  Milan 4.3, Boehling 3.9, Ray Chapman 2.7
  12. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS           36 – 96  .273  Baker 7.9, Lobert 3.9, Boardwalk Brown 0.9

1914 – Parameters: 132 league games each; 16-man rosters

  1. WESTERN PIONEERS                97 – 35  .735  Johnson 12.7, Alexander 9.1, Crawford 6.2
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            89 – 43  .674  E. Collins 9.1, Jack Quinn 6.8, G. Burns 6.5
  3. OHIO TITANS                             86 – 46  .652  Dutch Leonard 9.3, Kauff 7.8, Weilman 6.9
  4. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                  80 – 52  .606  Falkenberg 8.0, Pfeffer 7.5, Art Wilson 6.4
  5. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS        68 – 64  .515  Caldwell 6.6, H. Coveleski 5.9, S. Magee 4.8
  6. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS        65 – 67  .492  Erskine Mayer 6.0, Cobb 5.6, Ben Taylor 5.2
  7. MIDWEST LAKERS                     54 – 78  .409  D. Bush 5.6, Saier 4.2, Babe Adams 4.0
  8. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        54 – 78  .409  Maranville 5.0, J. Barry 4.3, R. Collins 4.0
  9. TEXAS-LATIN AMERICA             52 – 80  .394  Speaker 9.9, Pareda 6.7, Rube Foster 3.8
  10. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS          52 – 80  .394  Baker 7.4, Suggs 6.5, Buck Herzog 5.3
  11. M.R.R. REGENTS                        49 – 83  .371  Tesreau 5.7, Zwilling 5.1, Zack Wheat 4.9
  12. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       46 – 86  .348  Tillie Walker 5.8, Warhop 3.3, Griner 3.0

1915 – Parameters: 132 league games each, 16-man rosters; debut year of Latin America franchise (13th team)

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS      92 – 40  .697  Plank 7.0, R. Caldwell 5.8, Wagner 5.6
  2. MIDWEST LAKERS                     86 – 46  .652  Fournier 5.9, Luderus 5.7, Dauss 5.7
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                 84 – 48  .636  Johnson 12.5, Alexander 10.9, Cravath 7.0
  4. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS        83 – 49  .629  Cobb 9.5, Davenport 7.3, Guy Morton 6.8
  5. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                 70 – 62  .530  Pfeffer 6.5, L. Doyle 4.5, Schalk 4.2
  6. OHIO TITANS                            70 – 62  .530  Kauff 6.8, Weilman 5.8, Shotton 4.6
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       69 – 63  .523  Toney 7.3, B. Veach 4.9, Doc Ayers 4.9
  8. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            68 – 64  .515  E. Collins 9.4, Groh 5.6, Rudolph 3.9
  9. M.R.R. REGENTS                        59 – 73  .447  Tesreau 6.0, Joe Wood 5.7, Bancroft 4.2
  10. TEXAS PLUS (TX-OK-NM)          55 – 77  .417  Speaker 7.1, Rube Foster 5.6, F. Snyder 5.3
  11. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS          54 – 78  .409  Herzog 5.2, Shore 4.9, Babe Ruth 4.1
  12. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        41 – 91  .311  Ray Fisher 4.3, Maranville 3.7, Gardner 2.3
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS     27 – 105 .205  Junco 3.9, Pedroso 3.8, Torriente 2.9

1916 – Parameters: 132 league games each, rosters sized as needed to cover schedule (16 full-time slots)

  1. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS      94 – 38  .712  Juan Padron 9.6, Cobb 8.0, Joe Jackson 7.1
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                93 – 39  .705  Alexander 12.0, Johnson 11.0, Hal Chase 4.2
  3. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS       85 – 47  .644  H. Coveleski 7.0, Shawkey 6.6, Strunk 5.6
  4. OHIO TITANS                            81 – 51  .614  D. Leonard 5.3, G. Sisler 5.1, Shotton 4.8
  5. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                 77 – 55  .583  Pfeffer 7.3, Fletcher 6.3, Pipp 4.2
  6. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN      72 – 60  .545  Wilbur Cooper 6.0, C. Mays 5.6, B. Veach 5.0
  7. MIDWEST LAKERS                    70 – 62  .530  Max Carey 5.2, Felsch 4.2, Cicotte 3.6
  8. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           65 – 67  .492  E. Collins 7.0, Groh 5.3, Zimmerman 3.8
  9. TEXAS PLUS (TX-OK-NM)         55 – 77  .417  Speaker 8.7, H. Vaughn 5.9, Hornsby 4.9
  10. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS         50 – 82  .379  Ruth 10.4, Harry Harper 5.1, Baker 3.6
  11. M.R.R. REGENTS                       47 – 85  .356  Wheat 6.0, Bullet Joe Bush 5.0, Bancroft 3.2
  12. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS       37 – 95  .280  Maranville 5.3, Gardner 4.7, Lefty Tyler 3.2
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS    32 – 100 .242  Junco 5.6, Torriente 2.6, Pedroso 2.5

1917 – Parameters: 132 league games each, rosters sized as needed to cover schedule (16 full-time slots)

  1. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS     108 – 24  .818  Cobb 11.3, Jim Bagby (Sr.) 8.8, Padron 8.8
  2. MIDWEST LAKERS                     88 – 44  .667  Cicotte 11.9, Max Carey 5.2, Roush 4.9
  3. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       86 – 46  .652  Ray Chapman 7.8, W. Cooper 7.5, Veach 6.6
  4. WESTERN PIONEERS                 80 – 52  .606  Alexander 9.7, Johnson 8.2, Cravath 4.4
  5. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                 79 – 53  .598  Fletcher 7.4, Cadore 5.4, Pfeffer 4.6
  6. TEXAS PLUS (TX-OK-NM)          68 -64   .515  Hornsby 9.9, Speaker 7.7, H. Vaughn 6.6
  7. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS        65 – 67  .492  S. Coveleski 7.7, Shawkey 4.1, Strunk 3.6
  8. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            64 – 68  .485  Groh 7.0, George Burns (OF) 6.1, Ehmke 2.1
  9. M.R.R. REGENTS                        58 – 74  .439  Bender 3.8, Baird 3.6, Elmer Jacobs 3.5
  10. OHIO TITANS                            51 – 81  .386  Sisler 5.8, Kauff 4.7, D. Leonard 4.4
  11. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        46 – 86  .348  Maranville 4.5, Gardner 4.1, Tyler 3.6
  12. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS          36 – 96  .273  Ruth 8.6, Baker 4.5, Fred Anderson 2.7
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS     29 – 103 .220  Junco 4.3, B. Jimenez 3.5, Guerra 2.5

1918 – Parameters:  120 league games, rosters sized as needed to cover schedule (16 full-time slots)

  1. OHIO TITANS                           74 – 46  .617  Sisler 6.6, G. Burns (1B) 5.9, Sothoron 3.9
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                73 – 47  .608  Johnson 11.7, Harry Hooper 4.9, Southworth 3.6
  3. TEXAS PLUS (TX-OK-NM)         70 – 50  .583  Vaughn 8.2, Scott Perry 7.4, Speaker 5.5
  4. MIDWEST LAKERS                    69 – 51  .575  Grimes 4.4, Carey 4.3, Roush 4.1, Cicoote 3.8
  5. M.R.R. REGENTS                       69 – 51  .575  Hollocher 5.0, Donaldson 4.5, B. Joe Bush 4.2
  6. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS       68 – 52  .567  Cobb 6.5, Brad Hogg 4.8, Bagby (Sr.) 4.3
  7. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS       66 – 54  .550  S. Coveleski 9.5, Daubert 3.1, Caldwell 2.9
  8. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           66 – 54  .550  Groh 4.7, G. Burns (OF) 4.3, Boland 4.2
  9. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN      64 – 56  .533  W. Cooper 4.7, C. Mays 4.7, T. Walker 3.5
  10. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                 61 – 59  .508  Fletcher 4.6, Cutshaw 3.3, E. Hamilton 2.8
  11. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS          41 – 79  .342  Ruth 7.0, Baker 4.9, Harry Harper 3.8
  12. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        33 – 87  .275  Tyler 7.1, Gardner 4.1, Dave Shean 2.5
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS      26 – 94  .217  Torriente 5.2, Calderin 2.8, Mike Gonzalez 2.4

1919 – Parameters: 120 league games, rosters sized as needed to cover schedule (16 full-time slots)

  1. MIDWEST MAJORS                  83 -37  .692  Cicotte 9.7, Babe Adams 7.5, Roush 5.1
  2. OHIO TITANS                            75 – 45  .625  Peckinpaugh 6.3, Sisler 6.1, Sothoron 5.8
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                73 – 47  .608  Johnson 10.8, Alexander 7.5, Heilmann 3.8
  4. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                 70 – 50  .583  Cadore 5.5, Fletcher 5.3, Milt Stock 4.8
  5. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           69 – 51  .575  Groh 5.4, E. Collins 5.1, Boland 4.5
  6. TEXAS PLUS (TX-OK-NM)          67 – 53  .558  Vaughn 7.3, Hornsby 6.7, Speaker 5.2
  7. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS        64 – 56  .533  S. Coveleski 7.1, Jim Shaw 6.2, S. O’Neill 4.0
  8. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS        62 – 58  .517  Joe Jackson 5.8, Cobb 5.5, Bagby (Sr.) 4.7
  9. M.R.R. REGENTS                        58 – 62  .483  Lefty Williams 5.4, Hollocher 4.3, D. Kerr 4.1
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       57 – 63  .475  Veach 6.7, W. Cooper 5.1, C. Mays 4.5
  11. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS          47 – 73  .392  Ruth 9.9, Baker 4.0, Lee Meadows 3.2
  12. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        32 – 88  .267  Maranville 4.2, Gardner 3.2, Kopf 2.8
  13. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS      23 – 97  .192  Torriente 3.9, Leblanc 3.4, Mendez, Chacon 1.5

1920 – Parameters:  132 league games each, rosters sized as needed to cover schedule (16 full-time slots)

  1. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS       88 – 44  .667  Bagby 9.5, Joe Jackson 7.5, Del Pratt 4.7
  2. TEXAS PLUS (TX-OK-NM)          85 – 47  .644  Hornsby 9.6, Speaker 8.6, Vaughn 5.8
  3. MIDWEST MAJORS                   84 – 48  .636  Grimes 8.5, Charleston 6.6, Roush 5.9
  4. WESTERN PIONEERS                 75 – 57  .568  Alexander 12.6, H. Hooper 5.2, Ruether 4.5
  5. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS        73 – 59  .553  S. Coveleski 8.9, Shawkey 8.0, S. O’Neill 4.4
  6. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                  69 – 63  .523  Jacobson 6.0, Cadore 4.7, Fletcher 4.5
  7. M.R.R. REGENTS                         69 – 63  .523  Bancroft 7.0, Faber 5.1, Wheat 4.7
  8. OHIO TITANS                             65 – 67  .492  Sisler 9.9, Shocker 6.7, Hi Myers, E Smith 4.1
  9. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            59 – 73  .447  E. Collins 7.9, G. Burns (OF) 4.6, Ehmke 4.3
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       57 – 75  .432  C. Mays 6.3, W. Cooper 6.2, B. Veach 4.3
  11. LATIN AMERICA ESTRELLAS      55 – 77  .417  Torriente 6.1, Leblanc 5.8, Cheo Hernandez 5.0
  12. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS          42 – 90  .318  Ruth 11.8, Dixie Davis 5.9, Rommel 5.5
  13. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        37 – 95  .280  Gardner 4.0, Cy Perkins 3.0, Tyler, D. Keefe 2.9

WRAP-UP, 1911-1920: If the Pennsylvania Premiers had not lost out on the 1910 tiebreaker-decided title, they’d have been OBL champions for 12 straight seasons, as they continued to come out on top in 1911 and 1912; their utter dominance continued. With another championship in 1915, the Pennmen made it 15 titles through 1920 (the last season “replayed” in the OBL system so far). However, this decade — from 1911 through 1920 — also produced two first-time champions: After the Walter Johnson-led Western Pioneers won back-to-back titles in 1913 and 1914 (and PA took title #15 in ’15), the Deep South Monarchs won a pair of titles in 1916 and 1917 and the Midwest Majors (nee Lakers) emerged atop all others in 1919. So between the Monarchs representing the Southern region of the U.S. for the first time as champs, and the Majors representing the central North/midwestern U.S. in the same manner, the geographical distribution of the superior teams was increasingly diversified in this 10-year span. Before this decade, only once did a team west of the Mississippi River prevail (Western Pioneers, 1897), but when the dust cleared at the end of the 1920 season, three titles had been taken home to western regions, and more notably, 7 out of 10 titleists were not East-coast teams. The shift was on, with dominance waning in the East and growing in the southern and more-central regions of America. Although in 1915, the Latin-American players (born outside of the U.S., mostly in Cuba) finally fielded their own franchise, those early squads were not competitive. [Technical/process note: Because all but a few of those players played in the Negro Leagues, and not in the then-established (U.S.) Major Leagues, they generally lacked games-played numbers that would support a full season’s schedule, so the following concession was made: multiple players could be rolled into one position on the roster (out of 16, usually); their WAR numbers were added together to “create” a composite player, in other words (this seemed to be the approach that would be the most judicious, regarding NLB players in general). This explains the notations above: “rosters sized as needed to cover schedule (16 full-time slots)” ].

With this, our 8/9-10 update session comes to a close. Next up: 1921-1930 “replays.” This next batch shouldn’t take as long to process, since much of my time lately was spent on “cementing” into place all of my NLB-OBL connections and finalizing all related data. The whole idea was to make sure that — in the event of Seamheads.com discontinuing posting their NLB Database pages (no rumors to that effect, but it would cause mourning and gnashing of teeth here, I can tell you, if that ever took place) — I’d still have access to the data that I need to complete my historical replay project(s). Anyway, that was a necessary detour, IMO, but the road is again clear to make steadier progress. See you ASAP; check back when you think of it.

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1901 – Parameters: 126 league games each, 16-man rosters; debut year of Appalachia franchise

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS      88 – 38  .698  Mathewson 8.8, Bobby Wallace 7.8, Wagner 7.2
  2. OHIO TITANS                            74 – 52  .587  Cy Young 12.5, Flick 6.7, Ed Delahanty 6.6
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                 69 – 57  .548  Orth 7.3, Griffith 7.2, Fred Clarke 5.0
  4. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS        66 – 60  .524  Lajoie 8.3, Bill Donovan 6.1, Chesbro 6.0
  5. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            64 – 62  .508  Jimmy Collins 6.7, Dinneen 5.3, G. Davis 4.9
  6. MIDWEST LAKERS                     60 – 66  .476  McGinnity 7.6, Nichols 6.8, Chick Stahl 4.2
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN       48 – 78  .381  Hahn 7.7, Burkett 7.2, Phillippe 5.9
  8. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH             35 – 91  .278   Vic Willis 8.7, H. Howell 4.1, Danny Green 3.9

1902 – Parameters: 126 league games each scheduled, but MAS completed only 56; same roster size

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS       84 – 42  .667  Waddell 9.7, Wagner 7.4, Pittinger 6.3
  2. OHIO TITANS                              72 – 54  .571  Cy Young 10.2, Jack Taylor 10.0, Delahanty 6.8
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS             65 – 61  .516  Tommy Leach 5.9, Dinneen/Bernhard/GDavis 5.8
  4. WESTERN PIONEERS                   64 – 62  .508  Ed Siever 5.4, Fred Clarke 5.0, Sam Crawford 4.8
  5. MIDWEST LAKERS                       60 – 66  .476  McGinnity 8.8, Jack Powell 6.2, Beaumont 5.1
  6. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS          58 – 68  .460  Lajoie and Fred Tenney 5.1, Red Donahue 4.5
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN         56 – 70  .444  Hahn 8.5, Win Mercer 5.5, Strang 4.1
  8. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH              10 – 46  .179  Willis 3.4 and Doc White 3.4, Danny Green 1.4

1903 – Parameters: 126 league games each; still 16-man rosters

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS        96 – 30  .762  Mathewson 10.8, Wagner 7.6, Waddell 7.5
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                   79 – 47  .627  Willie Sudhoff 6.5, Chance 5.8, Crawford 5.7
  3. OHIO TITANS                               73 – 53  .579  Cy Young 8.1, Bill Bradley 7.1, Mullin 6.0
  4. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS           69 – 57  .548  Donovan 8.0, Lajoie 7.9, Freddy Parent 6.4
  5. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS               62 – 64  .492  Dinneen 6.5, J. Collins 5.3, Dahlen 5.0
  6. MIDWEST LAKERS                        59 – 67  .468  McGinnity 11.9, Donlin 4.4, Tom Hughes 4.3
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN          34 – 92  .270  Hahn 7.5, Phillippe 5.1, Strang 3.1
  8. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                32 – 94  .254  Willis 5.6, Doc White 5.4, D. Green 4.3

1904 – Parameters: 140 league games each; 16-man rosters continued

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS         104 – 36  .743  Waddell 10.5, Plank 9.3, Wagner 8.2
  2. OHIO TITANS                                 87 – 53  .621  Cy Young 9.6, Jack Taylor 6.8, Bradley 6.4
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                81 – 59  .579  G. Davis 7.2, Dahlen 5.5, Bill Bernhard 5.3
  4. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS             75 – 65  .536  Chesbro 11.4, Lajoie 8.5, Parent 6.3
  5. MIDWEST LAKERS                          68 – 72  .486  McGinnity 9.3, Nichols 8.5, C. Stahl 4.5
  6. WESTERN PIONEERS                      68 – 72  .486  Chance 5.9, Weimer 5.8, Fred Glade 4.6
  7. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN             44 – 96  .314  Hahn 6.6, J. Tannehill 5.8, McGann 4.3
  8. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                  33 – 107 .236  H. Howell 6.7, Art Devlin 4.7, Green 4.2

1905 – Parameters: 140 league games each; 16-man rosters; Illinois split from MW (new franchise)

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS           132 – 8  .943  Mathewson 10.5, Wagner 10.1, Waddell 9.4
  2. OHIO TITANS                                   97 – 43 .693  Cy Young and Bob Ewing 7.1, Flick 5.2
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                       80 – 60  .571  Orth 5.8, Chance 5.6, Crawford 5.4
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                  74 – 66  .529  Cy Seymour 8.0, G. Davis 7.2, Dahlen 5.4
  5. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS              66 – 74  .471  Irv Young 8.7, Chesbro 5.3, Tenney 3.8
  6. MIDWEST LAKERS                           63 – 77  .450  Reulbach 8.2, Killian 8.0, Criger 2.9
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                   44 – 96  .314  Howell 6.4, Doc White 5.1, A. Devlin 4.0
  8. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                        38 -102  .271 Donlin 6.4, T. Hughes 3.9, Harry Bay 3.7
  9. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN             36 -104  .257  J. Tannehill 6.0, McGann 4.9, Phillippe 4.5

1906 – Parameters: 126 league games each; Mississippi River Region (MRR) added as 10th franchise

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS           112 – 14  .889  Wagner and Terry Turner 9.3, Waddell 5.5
  2. OHIO TITANS                                    86 – 40  .683  Flick 6.5, Jack Taylor 6.0, Bresnahan 5.5
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                   83 – 43  .659  G. Davis 6.4, Duggleby 5.1, Otto Hess 4.7
  4. M.R.R. REGENTS                                82 – 44  .651  Orth 9.1, George Stone 8.7, Steinfeldt 7.0
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                    62 – 64  .492  Willis 8.2, A. Devlin 7.9, Sparks 7.3
  6. MIDWEST LAKERS                             56 – 70  .444  Mordecai Brown 7.4, Joss 5.0, Hemphill 4.5
  7. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                53 – 73  .421  Lajoie 10.0, Chesbro and Red Donahue 3.9
  8. WESTERN PIONEERS                         45 – 81  .357  Chance 7.3, Tinker 4.1, Ed Siever 2.4
  9. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN               27 – 99  .214   Strang 4.3, Phillippe 3.8, H. Buckner 3.1
  10. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                          24 -102  .190  Jack Powell 4.6, Fraser 3.0, Altizer 1.7

1907 – Parameters: 126 league games each; still using 16-man rosters

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS            117 – 9   .929  Wagner 9.0, Mathewson 8.8, Ed Walsh 7.6
  2. OHIO TITANS                                     88 – 38  .698  Cy Young 7.8, Bob Ewing 6.0, Flick 5.6
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                    77 – 49  .611  T. Leach 5.4, Evers 5.3, Hooks Wiltse 3.4
  4. MRR REGENTS                                   67 – 59  .532  C. Bender 5.5, G. Stone 5.4, F. Clarke 5.1
  5. MIDWEST LAKERS                              64 – 62  .508  Killian 7.9, Joss 6.2, Beaumont 4.5
  6. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                 59 – 67  .468  Lajoie 7.6, Donovan 5.9, Chesbro 5.0
  7. WESTERN PIONEERS                          55 – 71  .437  Ed Karger 6.6, Crawford 5.9, Overall 5.8
  8. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                      53 – 73  .421  Ty Cobb 6.8, Howell and Doc White 4.9
  9. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                           28 – 98  .222  Lundgren 5.1, Leifield 2.5, Altizer 2.0
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN                 22 -104 .175  Strang 2.6, McGann 2.5, Phillippe 1.6

1908 – Parameters:  126 league games each; still using 16-man rosters

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS              111 – 15  .881  Mathewson 11.9, Wagner 11.5, Walsh 10.7
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                      80 – 46  .635  G. McQuillan 8.9, H. Wiltse 7.7, Evers 5.6
  3. OHIO TITANS                                       74 – 52  .587  Cy Young 9.7, Bresnahan 5.9, Wilhelm 5.3
  4. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                       67 – 59  .532  Cobb 6.2, Nap Rucker 5.6, Lobert 5.1
  5. MIDWEST LAKERS                                64 – 62  .508  M. Brown 9.1, Joss 8.8, George McBride 4.4
  6. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                   61 – 65  .484  Lajoie 7.9, McIntyre 6.0, Donovan 4.5
  7. MRR REGENTS                                     52 – 74  .413  Kling 4.9, F. Clarke 4.8, Bender 3.4
  8. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                            47 – 79  .373  Donlin 6.0, J. Powell 5.1, T. Hughes 4.5
  9. WESTERN PIONEERS                            44 – 82  .349  Tinker 7.9, Walter Johnson 5.3, Crawford 5.1
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN                  30 – 96  .238  Ed Willett and Clyde Milan 3.1

1909 – Parameters:  132 league games each; debuts of Texas-Latin America (TXL) and Deep South (DS); 18-man rosters; Mid-Atlantic-and-South (MAS) becomes Mid-Atlantic (MAT)

  1. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS                105 – 27  .795  Mathewson 10.6, Wagner 9.2, F. Smith 7.8
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                        97 – 35  .735  Eddie Collins 9.7, H. Wiltse 4.8, G. Gibson 4.7
  3. OHIO TITANS                                         96 – 36  .727  Cy Morgan 5.9, Bridwell and M. Mitchell 5.5
  4. WESTERN PIONEERS                              83 – 49  .629  Overall 8.3, Crawford 5.6, Harry Krause 5.5
  5. MIDWEST LAKERS                                  77 – 55  .583  M. Brown 9.6, Donie Bush 6.5, Reulbach 5.4
  6. MRR REGENTS                                        61 – 71  .462  F. Clarke 5.3, Bender 5.1, Steinfeldt 3.9
  7. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                               60 – 72  .455  Fromme 5.9, J. Powell and Larry Doyle 3.8
  8. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                      57 – 75  .432  Lajoie 6.5, Parent 5.3, Corridon 2.3
  9. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS                        50 – 82  .379  Home Run Baker 5.7, Vic Willis 4.2
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN                     45 – 87  .341  Howie Camnitz 5.5, Hoblitzell 4.1
  11. TEXAS-LATIN AMERICA                           31 – 101 .235  Speaker 6.3, Jose Mendez 3.6, Munoz 3.0
  12. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS                      30 – 102 .227  Cobb 9.9, Rucker 7.1, John Henry Lloyd 2.0

1910 – Parameters:   132 league games each; 18-man rosters continued; NOTE: NY won tiebreaker for title

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                      108 – 24  .818  Russ Ford 11.9, E. Collins 10.5, Scanlan 5.0
  2. PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERS                    108 – 24  .818  Walsh 11.6, Mathewson 8.9, Magee 6.7
  3. OHIO TITANS                                           84 – 48  .636  Earl Moore 5.9, Paskert 4.4, J. Bates 4.0
  4. MRR REGENTS                                         82 – 50  .621  Jack Coombs 9.9, Bender 6.1, Hofman 5.3
  5. WESTERN PIONEERS                                82 – 50  .621  W. Johnson 10.6, Snodgrass 4.5
  6. MIDWEST LAKERS                                    65 – 67  .492  D. Bush 5.6, Konetchy 5.0, M. Brown 4.6
  7. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                       57 – 75  .432  Lajoie 9.8, Ray Collins 6.0, Jack Barry 4.5
  8. TEXAS-LATIN AMERICA                            50 – 82  .379  Speaker 7.7, H. Vaughn 5.0, Drucke 4.7
  9. ILLINOIS WARRIORS                                 47 – 85  .356  Jake Stahl 3.8, Doyle 3.6, Leifield 3.3
  10. APPALACHIA WOODSMEN                       38 – 94  .288  Cy Barger 4.6, C. Milan 4.5, Willett 3.0
  11. DEEP SOUTH MONARCHS                        36 – 96  .273  Cobb 10.5, Rucker 6.7, W. Mitchell 1.8
  12. MID-ATLANTIC SEACAPS                          35 – 97  .265  HR Baker 5.2, George Suggs 4.8

WRAP-UP, 1901-1910:  The only thing standing in the way of Pennsylvania “running the table” for these 10 straight seasons was exactly one game; though PA and NY both ended up with 108 season wins and a phenomenal .818 W/L percentage, New York won the tiebreaker (head-to-head series) to claim the 1910 title. When the dust of the first 40 OBL seasons had cleared, however, the Premiers (they’d changed their nickname from Founders beginning in the 1901 season) stood alone at the top of the heap with 12 titles. The Excelsiors of New York had won 10; Ohio, 9 and New England, 7 (the Western Pioneers [1897] and the long-defunct American Independents [1874] took one title each). Only in 1897 did a team based west of the Mississippi River come out on top (39 of 40 champions were eastern-U.S.-based, with 29 titles going to teams based on the East/Atlantic coast; we’ll see this change, I’m sure, in subsequent decades).

5/20/22 Session sign-off: Missing team nicknames will be (retro-actively) assigned after further “research,” although folks familiar with the actual history of top-level baseball recognize that in the earliest decades, not every squad had agreed-upon nicknames; they were ever-shifting and often whimsical, if they existed at all. Usually, the “Philadelphias” would play against the “Bostons,” and so forth; this mostly-geographical naming convention endured even into the 20th Century. My own preference is to not name teams of men after birds and other animals, but to go for a little more dignity. On the other hand, whatever dignity might be conferred on an aggregation of perennial losers — as things turn out — would quickly go down in a hail of well-aimed, well-deserved mockery; easy targets for the name-callers, certainly. Quick example: knowing human nature as many of us do, what would stop critics — or fans — of a sub-standard Pennsylvania team (before 1901) from dubbing them the Flounder-ers, or simply, the Flounders (big fishes)? And can you imagine that every single 19th-Century critic/wag would pass up the opportunity to tag the New England Alliance — in a period of extended absence of winning base ball — as the New England Dalliance? [They were more civil in print in those days, folks, but I’m guessing these tame slurs would’ve still stung their targets — then — with the intended impact].

In any case, we’re caught up with the results from the first 40 of 150 seasons (batting .267 at this point). The next data dump will probably be a few weeks down the road, as mucho yard-work is still to be done before outside temps head north of 75 (and I head indoors to most-welcome AC, the Lord and the “grid” willing). Feel free to do some laps at both of my sites: retroplay.net and baseball150.com in the meantime.

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1871 – Parameters: 24 league games each, 12-man rosters

  1. NEW YORK (EXCELSIORS     19–5  .760  Key players: Zettlein (4.5), Ross Barnes (2.1)
  2. PENNSYLVANIA (FOUNDERS) 11-13  .458  Dick McBride (3.4), Pratt (1.9), Meyerle (1.7)
  3. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS    9–15  .375  Al Spalding (3.5), Cal McVey (1.7)
  4. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE      9–15  .375  Rynie Wolters (4.4), George Hall (1.1)

1872 – Parameters: 40 league games each, 14-man rosters

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS         25-15  .625  Zettlein (6.1), Barnes (4.3), G. Wright (3.0)
  2. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS    24-16  .600  Spalding (12.5), Mathews (5.4), J. Hatfield (2.5)
  3. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS    18-22  .450  McBride (4.7),  Cherokee Fisher (2.2)
  4. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE      13-27  .325  Candy Cummings (8.0), George Hall (1.5)

1873 – Parameters: 48 league games each, 14-man rosters

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS         38-10  .792  Zettlein (7.8), Barnes (4.9), G. Wright (3.3)
  2. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS    29-19  .604  Mathews (9.6), Spalding (9.2), Anson (2.0)
  3. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS    15-33  .313  McBride (6.3), Meyerle (1.7), Fulmer (1.3)
  4. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE      14-34  .292  Cummings (7.9), Jim O’Rourke (1.8)

1874 – Parameters: 56 league games each, 14-man rosters

  1. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS   40-16  .714  Mathews (13.7), Spalding (10.7), McVey (3.0)
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           31-25  .554  Zettlein (3.1), G. Wright (2.8), Pearce (2.5)
  3. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS     22-34  .393  McBride (6.3), Fisher (4.2), Meyerle (2.2)
  4. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE       19-37  .339  Cummings (6.3), Jim O’Rourke (2.3)

1875 – Parameters: 60 league games each, 14-man rosters

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS          34-26  .567  Zettlein (7.6), Barnes (5.2), Deacon White (4.4)
  2. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS     31-29  .517  Spalding (14.2), Mathews (7.5), McVey (4.5)
  3. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE       28-32  .467  Cummings (11.7), Tommy Bond (11.5)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS     27-33  .450  McBride (9.7), Fisher (7.9), George Bradley (3.6)

Composite Standings, first 5 years: NY 147-81 (.645); AI 133-95 (.583); PA 93-135 (.408); NEA 83-145 (.364)

1876 – Parameters: 60 league games each scheduled, but NY had to cut season short at 30 games (ran out of pitchers)

  1. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS     39-21  .650  Jim Devlin (18.3), Bradley (9.2), Battin (3.5)
  2. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS      30-30  .500  Spalding (10.2), Anson (3.7), McVey (3.5)
  3. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE        25-35  .417  Bond (10.4), Cummings (3.5), O’Rourke, Hall (2.5)
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            11-19  .367  Barnes (2.8), D. White (1.8), G. Wright (1.6)

1877 – Parameters: 48 league games each, still 14-man rosters

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           29-19  .604  D. White (3.4), Start (2.6), T. Larkin (2.3)
  2. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE        28-20  .583  Bond (11.4), Tricky Nichols (3.1), O’Rourke (2.6)
  3. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS      23-25  .479  Devlin (13.5), Bradley (2.8), Orator Shafer (1.8)
  4. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS      16-32  .333  Charley Jones (2.3), Anson (2.2), Gerhardt (2.1)

1878 – Parameters: 56 league games each scheduled, but Independents only made it through 20 games (same problem as New York, 1876)

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           31-25  .554  T. Larkin (5.6), Ferguson (3.1), White, Start (2.4)
  2. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS      30-26  .536  Sam Weaver (10.2), John Ward (4.7), Shafer (3.5)
  3. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE        27-29  .482  Bond (13.4), Jim McCormick (2.1), Higham (2.0)
  4. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS        6-14  .300  Hines (2.8), C. Jones (2.8), Gerhardt (2.5)

1879 – Parameters: 72 league games each, still 14-man rosters

  1.  NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE      44-28  .611  Bond (14.3), McCormick (9.8), John O’Rourke (3.5)
  2.  NEW YORK EXCELSIORS           40-32  .556   T. Larkin (4.9), Harry McCormick (4.6), Wright (4.3)
  3.  AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS     34-38  .472   Galvin (9.0), C. Jones (4.5), Hines (4.4)
  4.  PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS     26-46  .361   Ward (9.2), Williamson (4.2), Flint (3.2)

1880 – Parameters: 72 league games each, still 14-man rosters

  1.  NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE      42-30  .583   J. McCormick (10.8), Gore (4.6), Tim Keefe (4.6)
  2.  AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS      37-35  .514   Lee Richmond (7.3), Anson (5.1), Hines (4.2)
  3.  PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS      34-38  .472   Ward (7.7), Bradley (4.6), Fred Dunlap (3.8)
  4.  NEW YORK EXCELSIORS            31-41  .431   Larry Corcoran (7.0), M. Welch (6.5), J. Clapp (3.6)

Composite Standings, first 10 years: (Titles: NY 6, NEA 2, Independents, Founders 1 each)

1. NY 289-217 (.571); 2. AI 256-244 (.512); 3. NEA 249-287 (.465); 4. PA 245-291 (.457)

1881 – Parameters: 72 league games each, still 14-man rosters; NY won tiebreaker with AI for title

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS             39-33  .542  Jim Whitney (8.7), Welch (5.6), King Kelly (2.8)
  2. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS        39-33  .542  Galvin (7.5), Anson (5.9), Lee Richmond (4.4)
  3. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE          35-37  .486  George Derby (7.5), J. McCormick (7.0), Gore (2.5)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS        31-41  .431  Charlie Bennett (4.3), Dunlap (3.9), Williamson (3.3)

1882 – Parameters: 75 league games each, first time with 15-man rosters

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS             42-33  .560  Will White (11.4), Weidman (9.8), Brouthers (5.9)
  2. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS        38-37  .507  Glasscock (4.9), Browning (4.5), Anson (4.4)
  3. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE          37-38  .493  J. McCormick (10.9), Mullane (6.2), Connor (4.5)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS        33-42  .440  Weaver (6.6), Bennett (4.2), Williamson (4.0)

1883 – Parameters: 96 league games each, 16-man rosters, 3 starting pitchers counted (first time); debut of a 5th franchise, Mid-Atlantic-and-South (MAS)

  1. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE          65-31  .677  Keefe (20.2), McCormick (8.3), Mullane (6.4)
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS               63-33  .656  Radbourn (14.4), Whitney (13.5), W. White (9.2)
  3. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS         50-46  .521  Galvin (9.8), McGinnis (5.8), Buck Ewing (4.8)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS         41-55  .427  Bennett (4.9), Ward (4.6), Dunlap (4.5), Stovey (3.7)
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                21-75  .219  Jack Farrell (5.3), Mathews (4.6), H. Richardson (4.1)

1884 – Parameters: 112 league games each, 16-man rosters, 3 counting pitchers, 4 new teams

  1. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS        75-37  .670  Guy Hecker (17.8), Dunlap (7.8), B. Sweeney (7.3)
  2. NEW ENGLAND (PILGRIMS)           73-39  .652  Buffinton (16.3), Keefe (8.3), Jim O’Rourke (4.9)
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                65-47  .580  Radbourn (19.5), Whitney (8.4), Ezra Sutton (6.2)
  4. NEW YORK CITY (5 BOROUGHS)   54-58  .482  M. Welch (12.3), Ed Morris (8.5), Dave Orr (5.8)
  5. CANADA-EUROPE ALLIANCE        49-63  .438   J. McCormick (14.8), Mullane (13.3), Pop Smith (4.1)
  6. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                 48-64  .429   Billy Taylor (11.5), Paul Hines (4.7), C. Jones (4.3)
  7. WESTERN (PIONEERS)                    44-68  .393  Galvin (18.5), C. Sweeney (11.2), Anson (4.9)
  8. MIDWEST INDEPENDENTS             40-72  .357  Fred Pfeffer (5.5), Buck Ewing (5.0), J. Reilly (4.7)

1885 – Parameters: 110 games each scheduled, but MI only played 54; 3 pitchers counted, 16-man rosters; down to only 6 teams (NYC was one-off in ’84, and CEU dropped out, forming once more in 1890)

  1. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS             79-31  .718  J. Clarkson (12.8), Roger Connor (8.2), Keefe (6.7)
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                  77-33  .700  E. Morris (12.7), M. Welch (10.6), Brouthers (5.2)
  3. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS            65-45  .591  Hecker (8.2), Hardie Henderson (7.8), Bennett (4.5)
  4. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                   42-68  .382  Caruthers (10.0), Ferguson (8.2), C. Jones (4.0)
  5. MIDWEST INDEPENDENTS              23-31  .426  Browning (2.6), Glasscock (2.5), Pechiney (1.7)
  6. WESTERN PIONEERS                        16-94  .145  Anson (3.9), Fogarty (2.3), John Kirby (1.0)

1886 – Parameters: 120 league games each, 3 pitchers fully-counted, 16-man rosters, 2 new teams formed from now-defunct Midwest Independents

  1. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                 95-25  .792  Lady Baldwin (10.5), Morris (10.4), Brouthers (8.2)
  2. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS               76-44  .633  Keefe (9.5), Connor (7.1), J. Clarkson (6.8)
  3. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS             72-48  .600  Kilroy (6.2), Hecker (6.0), Henry Larkin (4.4)
  4. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                    61-59  .508  Ferguson (11.7), Caruthers (11.5), Foutz (11.0)
  5. MIDWEST (debut year)                     49-71  .408  Toad Ramsey (12.5), Sam Thompson (4.1)
  6. OHIO VALLEY (debut year)               45-75  .375  Glasscock (7.0), Cushman (3.9), Curt Welch (3.4)
  7. WESTERN PIONEERS                        22-98  .183  Anson (7.0), Galvin (5.1), Fred Carroll (4.0)

1887 – Parameters: 120 league games each, 3 pitchers fully-counted, 16-man rosters, Western was no-go, so 3 of its players loaned to Midwest (Pud Galvin, Silver King, and Billy Gleason; all Missouri-born)

  1. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS            76-44  .633  Kilroy (12.1), Elmer Smith (10.8), J. Ward (6.6)
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                    75-45  .625  Dan Casey (9.3), Whitney (8.3), Brouthers (5.3)
  3. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                64-56  .533   J. Clarkson (15.0), Keefe (7.5), Connor (6.2)
  4. OHIO VALLEY                                     54-66  .450  Seward (6.4), Browning (6.0), Glasscock (5.4)
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                     47-73  .392  Caruthers (10.7), Ferguson (10.0), B. Nash (3.9)
  6. MIDWEST                                           44-76  .367  Ramsey (7.8), Thompson (5.3), Comiskey (2.7)

1888 – Parameters: 120 league games each, 3 pitchers fully-counted, 16-man rosters; Western re-grouped and fielded an improved team that completed the full slate of league games; New England won tiebreaker with Ohio Valley for title

  1. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                74-46  .617  Buffinton (12.0), Keefe (9.1), Connor (7.6)
  2. OHIO VALLEY                                      74-46  .617  Seward (9.9), John Reilly (5.3), Buck Ewing (4.4)
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                      69-51  .575  M. Welch (7.8), Brouthers (6.6), Ed Morris (5.0)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                62-58  .517  Pete Conway (6.9), Stovey (5.4), E. Smith (5.0)
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                       51-69  .425  Ben Sanders (8.5), Caruthers (6.6), Nash (5.3)
  6. WESTERN PIONEERS                            50-70  .417  Silver King (16.0), Anson (6.9), Galvin (5.7)
  7. MIDWEST                                             40-80  .333  Gus Krock (6.2), Nat Hudson (4.9), Pinkney (3.6)

1889 – Parameters: 132 league games each, 3 pitchers fully-counted, 16-man rosters

  1. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                  93-39  .705  J. Clarkson (16.2), Buffinton (11.1), Tucker (6.0)
  2. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                 74-58  .561  Kilroy (8.7), Henry Boyle (6.3), Stovey (5.4)
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                       72-60  .545  Chamberlain (9.2), Brouthers (6.2), Welch (6.2)
  4. WESTERN PIONEERS                             68-64  .515  Duryea (9.1), S. King (8.6), Anson (6.4)
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                        67-65  .508  Caruthers (8.4), B. Sanders (7.5), Tiernan (5.2)
  6. OHIO VALLEY                                        58-74  .439  Glasscock (6.6), D. Lyons (5.4), G. Weyhing (3.0)
  7. MIDWEST                                             30-102 .227  Wilmot (4.0), Darby O’Brien (3.6), Staley (2.8)

1890 – Parameters: 126 league games each; 3 SPs; 16-man rosters; Canada-Europe (CEU) made second and last appearance (these players otherwise assigned to New England Alliance (1871-1883) or New York Extended (1885-1889 and 1891-1900 in the 19th Century)

  1. OHIO VALLEY  (now, the TITANS)          84-42  .667  S. Stratton (10.8), Glasscock (7.1), H. Collins (5.6)
  2. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                     71-55  .563  J. Clarkson (8.8), Hutchison (8.3), Connor (6.0)
  3. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                          71-55  .563  Kid Gleason (12.0), McMahon (10.6), Childs (6.4)
  4. MIDWEST                                                68-58  .540  Kid Nichols (13.0), Rusie (8.2), Pinkney (5.5)
  5. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                   68-58  .540  Rhines (10.5), Stivetts (7.6), McTamany (3.9)
  6. WESTERN PIONEERS                               59-67  .468   S. King (12.4), Anson (5.4), Werden (5.2)
  7. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                         53-73  .421   Radbourn (7.8), McPhee (5.1), M. Welch (4.8)
  8. CANADA-EUROPE ALLIANCE                  30-96  .238   Getzien (5.4), Mullane (5.2), J. Knowles (4.2)

Composite Standings, first 20 years: (Titles: NY 9, NEA/NEL 6, Founders 3, American Independents, Ohio Valley Titans 1 each)

1. NY 939-650 (.591); 2. NEA/NEL 916-703 (.566); 3. PA 842-777 (.520); 4. OHV 315-303 (.510); 5. MAS 408-528 (.436); 6. MW 231-387 .374; 7. WST 259-461 (.360). “Extinct” franchises: 1. American Independents 383-360 (.515), 13 seasons; 2. New York City 54-58 (.482), 1884 only; 3. Midwest Independents 63-103 (.380), 1884-1885 only; 4. Canada-Europe Alliance (CEU) 79-159 (.332), ’84, ’90 only

1891 – Parameters: 126 league games each, 3 fully-counted pitchers, 16-man rosters; back down to 7 teams

  1. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                      90-36  .714  J. Clarkson (9.9), Hutchison (9.5), Connor (5.7)
  2. MIDWEST                                                  63-63  .500  Nichols (9.2), Rusie (8.7), Herman Long (4.7)
  3. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                62-64  .492  G. Weyhing (7.8), Cy Young (6.1), Lyons (4.5)
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                            62-64  .492  Brouthers (5.7), McPhee (4.5), Mullane (4.1)
  5. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                      58-68  .460  Stivetts (9.1), Stovey (4.5), Milligan (3.8)
  6. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                             57-69  .452  McMahon (9.4), Kid Gleason (6.9)
  7. WESTERN PIONEERS                                  49-77  .389  Knell (6.1), Beckley (4.1), Crooks (4.1)

1892 – Parameters: 144 league games each, 3 fully-counted pitchers, 16-man rosters

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                90-54  .625  Cy Young (13.0), Weyhing (7.4), Ewing (4.5)
  2. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                       82-62  .569  Stivetts (7.1), Oyster Burns and Virtue (4.7)
  3. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                          78-66  .542  Hutchison (9.1), Connor (6.3), Dwyer (5.8)
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                              77-67  .535  Brouthers (8.8), Dahlen (6.1), Mullane (6.0)
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                               63-81  .438  Childs (7.1), Kid Gleason (6.3), Hamilton (6.1)
  6. MIDWEST                                                     60-84  .417  Kid Nichols (8.8), Rusie (7.2), Thompson (4.7)
  7. WESTERN PIONEERS                                    54-90  .375   Holliday (4.7), S. King (3.3), Anson (3.2)

1893 – Parameters: 126 league games each, 3 fully-counted pitchers, 16-man rosters

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                 87-39  .690   Young (10.6), Delahanty (6.9), Kennedy (6.0)
  2. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                        65-61  .516   Killen (8.5), E. Smith (5.3), Stivetts (4.6)
  3. MIDWEST                                                     62-64  .492   Nichols (11.7), Rusie (11.2), Thompson (4.2)
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                              59-67  .468   Geo. Davis (5.7), Mullane (4.7), McGraw (4.3)
  5. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                               58-68  .460   McMahon (6.1), McGill (5.6), Hamilton (5.0)
  6. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                           55-71  .437   Connor (4.4), Dwyer (4.2), Hutchison (3.6)
  7. WESTERN PIONEERS                                    55-71  .437  Breitenstein (11.0), Beckley (4.6), Van Haltren (3.3)

1894 – Parameters: 126 league games each, 3 fully-counted pitchers, 16-man rosters

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                  78-48  .619  Young (8.5), Hemming (6.5), Delahanty (6.0)
  2. MIDWEST                                                      69-57  .548  Rusie (13.7), Meekin (11.1), Thompson (5.3)
  3. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                            63-63  .500  Duffy (6.8), Joe Kelley (6.5), Dwyer (4.6)
  4. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                62-64  .492  G. Davis (5.4), McGraw (4.9), Carsey (2.4)
  5. WESTERN PIONEERS                                     59-67  .468  Breitenstein (9.1), Griffith (5.9), Joyce (4.0)
  6. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                          56-70  .444  Stivetts (5.8), Jennings (4.8), E. Smith (4.1)
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                 54-72  .429  Hamilton (8.2), “Brewery” Jack Taylor (6.3)

1895 – Parameters: 132 league games each, 4 fully-counted pitchers okay, 17-man rosters

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                   87-45  .659  Young (11.6), Delahanty (6.9), Stenzel (5.3)
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                                      81-51  .614  Griffith (9.3), Hoffer (7.9), Bill Lange (5.4)
  3. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                             64-68  .485  Kelley (5.9), Dwyer (4.8), A. Terry (4.6)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                          62-70  .470  Jennings (7.5), Maul (4.9), Cartwright (4.3)
  5. MIDWEST                                                       58-74  .439  Hawley (11.0), Nichols (9.5), S. Thompson (6.0)
  6. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                 57-75  .432  Mike Griffin (5.6), Keeler (5.3), Dad Clarke (4.9)
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                  53-79  .402  Hamilton (6.1), J. Taylor (5.3), Foreman (4.6)

1896 – Parameters: 126 league games each, 3 fully-counted pitchers, back to 16-man rosters

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                    85-41  .675  Young (10.5), Delahanty (7.3), Ehret (5.8)
  2. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                           77-49  .611  Killen (8.4), Jennings (8.3), E. Smith (5.7)
  3. WESTERN PIONEERS                                      69-57  .548  Hoffer (8.3), Griffith (6.4), Joyce (6.2)
  4. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                             54-72  .429  Dwyer (7.6), Kelley (7.0), Connor (2.8)
  5. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                 54-72  .429  Dahlen (7.1), Keeler (5.3), G. Davis (4.6)
  6. MIDWEST                                                        53-73  .421  Cuppy (10.4), Hawley (8.3), H. Long (4.0)
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                  49-77  .389  Childs (6.2), Hamilton (5.8), Z. Wilson (3.5)

1897 – Parameters: 126 league games each, 3 fully-counted pitchers, 16-man rosters

  1. WESTERN PIONEERS                                      72-54  .571  Breitenstein (8.0), Fred Clarke (6.6)
  2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                  70-56  .556  Keeler (7.1), G. Davis (6.9), J. Collins (5.3)
  3. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                      67-59  .532  Young (6.7), Delahanty (5.7), Mercer (5.1)
  4. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                               63-63  .500  Lajoie (5.2), Dwyer (5.1), Kelley (5.1)
  5. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                            62-64  .492  Jennings (7.3), Rhines (4.2), Wallace (4.2)
  6. MIDWEST                                                         61-65  .484  Nichols (11.1), Rusie (8.3), Reitz (3.4)
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                   46-80  .365  Hamilton (4.9), J. Taylor (4.0), Childs (3.7)

1898 – Parameters: 138 league games each, 4 fully-counted pitchers, 17-man rosters

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                     91-47  .659  Tannehill (7.4), Young (7.3), Delahanty (6.2)
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                                        77-61  .558  Griffith (10.5), Gene Demontreville (5.0)
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                  75-63  .543  McGraw (7.1), J. Collins (6.9), T. Lewis (6.9)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                            73-65  .529  Maul (7.7), Jennings (7.5), Wallace (4.7)
  5. MIDWEST                                                         66-72  .478  Nichols (11.1), Hawley (5.4), L. Cross (4.5)
  6. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                               56-82  .406  Jimmy Ryan (4.3), Dwyer (4.0), Kelley (3.8)
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                    45-93  .326  McJames (7.5), Bert Cunningham (7.2)

1899 – Parameters: 138 league games each, 4/17 (same as 1898)

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                     98-40  .710  Young (8.3), Tannehill (8.1), Delahanty (8.0)
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                                        75-63  .543  Jay Hughes (7.9), Jimmy Williams (6.9)
  3. MIDWEST                                                         71-67  .514  McGinnity (8.4), Kitson (8.1), C. Stahl (5.5)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                            70-68  .507  Honus Wagner (5.8), Jack Dunn (3.9)
  5. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                  68-70  .493  McGraw (8.0), Seymour (5.3), Davis (4.9)
  6. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                               51-87  .370  Tenney (5.3), Kelley (4.5), Callahan (4.1)
  7. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                    50-88  .362  Vic Willis (10.1), Hahn (7.8), Keister (3.7)

1900 – Parameters: Schedule reduced to 120 league games, 16-man rosters (pitchers counted as needed to cover starts)

  1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                                     103-17  .858  Young (7.3), Flick (5.9), Burkett (5.3)
  2. WESTERN PIONEERS                                          68-52  .567  Griffith (5.0), Beckley (4.3), Orth (4.2)
  3. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                                    61-59  .508  Dinneen (6.9), McGraw (5.3), Davis (4.1)
  4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                              60-60  .500  Wagner (6.4), Waddell (3.5), Thomas (3.1)
  5. MIDWEST                                                           58-62  .483  McGinnity (5.1), Nichols (4.6), Long (2.4)
  6. MID-ATLANTIC-SOUTH                                     38-82  .317  Hahn (6.2), Phillippe (4.8), Hamilton (4.2)
  7. NEW ENGLAND PILGRIMS                                 32-88  .267  Lajoie (4.2), Kelley (3.5), R. Donahue (2.1)

COMPOSITE RESULTS FOR THE 19TH CENTURY (1871 through 1900)

    1. OHIO VALLEY TITANS                               1163 – 757    .606  9 Titles in 15 seasons
    2. NEW YORK EXCELSIORS                            1584 – 1307   .548  9 Titles in 30 seasons
    3. NEW ENGLAND ALLIANCE/PILGRIMS       1522 – 1399   .521  7 Titles in 30 seasons
    4. PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDERS                      1507 – 1414   .516  3 Titles in 30 seasons
    5. WESTERN PIONEERS                                    918 – 1104   .454  1 Title in 15 seasons
    6. MIDWEST                                                     852 – 1068   .444  0 Titles in 15 seasons
    7. MID-ATLANTIC (and) SOUTH                       921 – 1317   .412  0 Titles in 18 seasons

Among franchises no longer in operation:

  1. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS (1871-1883)              383 – 360     .515  1 Title in 13 seasons
  2. NEW YORK CITY (5 Boroughs)                                  54 – 58      .482   in 1884 only
  3. MIDWEST INDEPENDENTS (1884-1885)                   63 – 103    .380   1885-1886 only
  4. CANADA-EUROPE ALLIANCE (CEU)                          79 – 159    .332   1884 and 1890 only

Okay, we’re all caught up with OBL history as “replayed” through the first 30 years. The “staff” will continue to work through the years 1901-1930, and that will bring to a close the 19th-Century era and the first 30-year era of the 20th Century. After this 4/24/22 update, there will probably be a fairly good chunk of “down” time (NON-posting period) for this page and the site in general (a yard to be weeded, garden to plant, and other activities that will have to take priority). Some re-formatting of this page will probably be in order, but that will do it for now; just wanted to get those results up ASAP.  RetroPlay/Baseball 150.com guy out…