Clipping:A proposal for sectional leagues

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Date Wednesday, June 15, 1887
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[from Chadwick's column] What I want to see first is a consolidation of the clubs of the East and West in their respective sections; that is, an Eastern League for the leading clubs from Boston to Washington, and a Western League for the prominent clubs from St. Louis to Chicago, eight or ten for each section. The National Agreement answers all the purposes a single grand league could serve in promoting the interests of the game; while, on the other hand, having the clubs of the East and West under one league would be no improvement over the existing arrangement. The Interstate Railroad law has helped the movement for the organization of an Eastern and Western League considerably by increasing the outlay for the traveling now done between the two sections. Look how these trips West and East each season eat into the profits of the clubs. With two leagues, one East and one West, we should have far greater rivalry for championship honors than we now have, and, of course, more excitement and a larger patronage. Then, too, there would be a treble contest each season; first, for the championship of each section, and then for the championship of the United States.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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