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    Posted April 14, 2014 by
    plasorsa
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    Wrigley Field memories

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     plasorsa has been collecting baseball memorabilia since he was 10-years-old. He also gives lectures on baseball for six cruise lines and at the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

    He bought this Federal League pennant at a private sale. The Federal League, he says, was founded in 1913 and folded in 1915. This professional American baseball league challenged the already established American and National leagues, he says.

    The Federal League is why "baseball as we know it exists today," he said. "If you are celebrating Wrigley Field you must talk about the Federal League, as that is the reason it was built."
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    From my personal collection. I pennant sold at the ballpark 100 years ago when the Chicago Whales, also known as the ChiFeds played in the Federal League. As you can see HOFer Joe Tinker, who managed the team is on the pennant. One of the only ones in existence. The federal league lasted from 1913-1915 and as part of its' settlement with organized baseball Charles Weegham, the ChiFeds owner was allowed to buy the Chicago Cubs and he moved his new team the Cubs into Wrigley Field in 1916. Wrigley is the last remaining baseball field from the Federal leagues.
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