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Sun, 1913-11-02

Former St. Louis Browns manager George Stovall is the first Major League player to jump to the Federal League‚ signing to manage Kansas City. With glib salesman Jim Gilmore as its president‚ and backed by several millionaires‚ including oil magnate Harry Sinclair and Brooklyn baker Robert Ward‚ the Federal League two weeks announced they will not honor the reserve clause. It will prove a long‚ costly struggle‚ similar to the AL's beginnings‚ but with more losers than winners.

 

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