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Birth of the National Professional Baseball League


As baseball clubs became skilled at the game, attendance grew. Organizers began staging games at enclosed ballfields and began collecting admissions. As the game gained interest, it began a slow move toward professionalism. The best players began to be lured to teams with promises of pay. While this was a violation of the baseball fraternity's adherence to amateurism, little was done to stem the tide. In 1868, the Star club of Metropolis became the first openly professional team in baseball. By 1870, in addition to Metropolis, such prominent eastern clubs as the Knights of New York, the Eagles of Gotham City, the Athletics of Philadelphia, the National club of Washington DC and the Red Stockings of Boston were all professional. In the west, the White Stockings of Chicago and the Diamond club of Central City also paid their players. These clubs were clearly the class of the baseball world, and matches between their squads of star players became hot tickets for the baseball viewing public.

During the winter months of 1871, a group of entrepreneurs who saw potential riches in baseball swept onto the scene with heavy capital investments and organized the first professional sports league in history.



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A fun little project that began in OOTP 16. Set in the DC-Universe using real players with a sprinkling of fictional players and characters.
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Metropolis Stars


Owner: Wallace Luthor

Millionaire steel industrialist Wallace Luthor invested $20,000 in the Stars. He also built Metropolis Grounds, a new ballpark for the team, that will open just prior to the start of the 1871 season. Luthor brought in Joe Siegel as general manager for the team. Siegel replaces Jerry Shuster, who had been the team's business manager since its founding in the early 1860s. Luthor says Shuster will remain with the club in an advisory capacity. Luthor also installed his son Lionel as Siegel's assistant. It is believed the elder Luthor wants his son to eventually assume control of the team's front office after he gains some experience.


Manager: Hugo Danner
Siegel's first move was to hire Hugo Danner as the team's manager. As a former star player for the Gladiator club of Metropolis, Danner was as straight-laced as they come and made headlines only for his on-the-field exploits.

Luthor has spared no expense to keep the Stars' best players and bring in some big name talent to bolster the roster.


Asa Brainard -- An ace pitcher who began his career in 1860 playing for the mighty Excelsiors of Brooklyn. He was a member of the Metropolis Stars during the team's first fully professional season in 1868. He's not the best pitcher in the new professional league, but he is solid and will be a mainstay for Stars.


Fergy Malone -- A long-time first baseman for the Athletics of Philadelphia, Luthor was able to lure Malone to the Stars with a lucrative pay day. Malone knows the game and brings a veteran's sensibility to Metropolis. He should be a leader in the clubhouse.


Dick Higham -- A versatile catcher who can also play at second base and the outfield. Originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, England, Highham's family moved to the US and settled in Hoboken, NJ when he was two. Spent time with the Mutuals of New York where he batted .350.


Levi Meyerle -- One of the true rising stars in the game who is equally at home at third base or in the outfield. Beginning his career in 1870, Meyerle averaged .498 at the plate for the amateur White Stockings of Philadelphia. He is expected to be a fixture at third for Metropolis in the foreseeable future.
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New York Knights


Owner: Charles Foster Kane

Upon hearing rumors of a new professional baseball league forming, New York Inquirer owner Charles Foster Kane was quoted as saying, "it might be fun to run a baseball team." He brings a substantial influx of cash to a New York Knights club that has been financially strapped since going professional. Kane's first act as owner was to hire long-time friend Jedediah Leland as the team's general manager. Leland, in turn, hired Tom Dugan as the team's manager. The team will play home games at the Polo Yards in Upper Manhattan.


Manager: Tom Dugan
Since neither Kane nor Leland have a background in baseball, they will rely heavily on Dugan to run the operation. Dugan was a legendary amateur player in Chicago before a knee injury ended his career. Despite his reputation for combativeness and past problems with drinking, Dugan should bring a no-nonsense approach to the New York club house.


Trainer: Danny Knox
Dugan has never been one to back down from controversy, and he stirred up quite a bit with the hiring of Negro Daniel Knox as the team's equipment manager and trainer. Dugan defended his decision by saying, "Knox was one of the best ballplayers I've ever seen, white, black, green or otherwise. He's probably forgot more about baseball than most folks will ever know."


Harry Wright -- With Kane's hearty backing, Dugan was able to lure SS Harry Wright to the Knights. Regarded by many as the best player in the game today, Wright should be a bonafide star in the new league. He brings great fielding skills and batting ability to the Knights.


Steve Bellán -- The Cuban born Bellán is a versatile player who can play at third, shortstop, and centerfield. While an average batter, Bellán is a terror on the base paths and is expected to rank near the top in the NBL in stolen bases.


Cherokee Fisher -- A journeyman pitcher that has been with the West Philadelphias, the Cincinnati Buckeyes, the Troy Haymakers and the Chicago Dreadnaughts. While solid, many look at Fisher as a player that has never lived up to his full potential. Many blame this on his fondness for drink. Still, he has a no-nonsense approach to the game that Dugan seems to like in ball players.

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Chicago White Stockings


Owner: William Hulbert

Hulbert was a grocer by trade, and married the daughter of his employer, eventually taking over the company and expanding into the coal trade. He also held a prestigious and influential position on the Chicago Board of Trade. The 200-pound Hulbert was loud and authoritarian and usually got his own way. He sees fielding a top-notch professional baseball club as both a profitable enterprise as well as a way to unite the city and build civic pride.

Hulbert appointed Tom Foley, a local billiards hall owner and a long-time baseball and sporting enthusiast, as General Manager of the club. Foley had been instrumental in helping Hulbert secure investors for the club and the pair succeeded in bringing roughly $15,000 into the team's coffers from local businessmen.


Manager: J.W. Stearns
To run things on the field, J.W. Stearns was hired. Stearns was an offensive-minded player for the famed amateur Chicago Excelsiors. He often led the club in home runs. He is a big believer in offense and scoring runs.

Hulbert and Foley targeted several big-name players from the East and succeeded in bringing them to Chicago-town.


Ross Barnes -- Barnes is Hulbert's best catch from the East. Barnes has starred at second base and shortshop for clubs in the Boston area. His offensive production should fits nicely with what manager Stearns envisions for his White Stockings.


Al Spalding -- Illinois born Spalding is celebrating a return to his home state after spending several successful seasons playing for clubs in the East. He brings with him a reputation as one of the best pitchers in baseball.


Harry Flashman -- Originally from England, Flashman was a first-rate cricket player in his youth. He has made a very successful transiton to baseball, and excels in all phases of the game. Still, signing him is something of a risk. Despite his skill as a player, Flashman's character has been questioned by some. He has been seen on ocassion associating with known gamblers and he has something of a reputation as a womanizer.

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Central City Diamonds


Owner: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson believed the fast growing western hub deserved a first-class professional baseball organization. His amateur club, the Diamonds, had won the Central City baseball crown every year since 1867. In 1870, he merged his club with the other prominent club in the region, the All-American club, owned by Jack Leibowitz. In exchange for securing majority ownership of the professional Diamonds, Wheeler-Nicholson appointed Leibowitz as the club's general manager and together the two baseball moguls raised $10,000 from local investors to pursue professional players.


Manager: Gardner Fox
Fox is all about speed. He likes speedy players in the outfield making plays and speedy infielders robbing hits from opponents. He likes speed on the basepaths and is always encouraging his players to steal bases or convert single base hits into extra bases. Other than that, he is a conventional manager. This is his first managing job, so he is raw and isn't highly thought of as a manager on the national stage. Still, he's a strait-shooter, treats his players fairly, and isn't likely to make headlines for a tirade on the field.

Like Chicago, Central City was able to secure the services of several players from the east.


Gat Stires -- A talented right fielder from Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He spent the past two seasons playing for the Forest Citys of Rockford.


Ezra Sutton -- A solid, if unspectacular, first baseman who spent the 1870 season with the Alert club of Rochester, New York.


Rynie Wolters -- A pitcher with a lot of potential. Originally from Nieuweschans, Netherlands, Wolters split the past five seasons between the Irvingtons of Irvington New Jersey and the Mutuals of New York,


George Zettlein -- One of the best pitchers in the East who played for the champion Eckfords and Atlantics of Brooklyn.


Ned Cuthbert -- Born in Philadelphia, the solid batsman and outfielder starred for Keystone Club of Philadelphia and the West Philadelphia club.

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Washington Nationals


Owner: Nick Young

Nick Young operated the Washington Nationals as an amateur club from their founding in 1863 until 1869. When he decided to take the team pro, in 1870, he neither had nor attracted a huge influx of cash. So unlike some richer clubs, baseball in DC continues to operate on a budget. This isn't to say the Nationals aren't competitive. While never a champion during their amateur years, the Nationals were always a competitor. As he has in the past, Young will also act as the team's general manager. He did decide to step back from serving as the National's field manager, hiring Arthur Gorman to manage the club during the upcoming season.


Manager: Arthur Gorman
A popular player in the nation's capitol during the 1850s and 1860s who is said to be eyeing a possible future in politics. Gorman brings a lot of baseball smarts to the bench.

Despite not being awash in cash, the Nationals have managed to sign some prominent names as well as some young rising stars.


Dave Eggler -- A talented center fielder from Brooklyn. Eggler is very consistent with the bat and shows excellent range in the outfield. He also has good speed on the basepaths and is always a threat to steal a base.


Bobby Mathews -- A 19-year old newcomer who looks to be first-rate pitcher. Gorman says Mathews has mastered the new breaking or curve pitch.


Dan Casey -- A muscular giant of a youth from Troy, New York. At 19, he towers over most of his teammates, standing tall at 6'2" and weighing an even 200 lbs. At the plate, he swings a mammoth bat that some claim weighs-in at 58 ounces. All have marveled at the distance of his Herculean shots, leading some of his fellow Nationals to admiringly refer to him as "Mighty Casey."


Denny Mack -- A solid first baseman who brings a consistent bat to the lineup. Mack was once accused of game-fixing, but was later acquitted of any wrong-doing.

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The Boston Red Stockings were founded by Ivers Whitney Adams as a charter member of the new professional baseball league. Adams becomes the first president of the Boston Base Ball Association, the legal corporation that will operate the baseball club. The club will be Boston's first professional baseball team. Adams raised $15,000 from investors and received a commitment from Aloysius McGillicuddy, a former star player with the Goliath club of Gotham City, to manage the new Boston club.

Adams is a native of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, and currently serves as the president of the American Net and Twine Company in Boston, the largest manufacturer of its kind in the world. It was Adams' interest in outdoor athletic sports, particularly baseball, which led him to consider the possibility of establishing such a team for Boston.


Manager: Al McGillicuddy

McGillicuddy was a star of the old Goliath ball club in Gotham City. He brings with him years of baseball experience and knowledge. How well he makes the transition from player to a leader of men is unknown. McGillicuddy was always a well-liked personality in Gotham City, but some wonder if he is too easy going to drive his players hard when they will need to be.

Although the Red Stockings didn't sign a lot of high profile professional players, they do have some good ones.


Frank Fleet -- will handle the bulk of the pitching chores for the Red Stockings. He is a solid pitcher who also does well swinging a bat.


John Radcliff -- will make his professional debut with the club. He swings a decent bat, runs the base paths well, and is proficient at stealing bases. His speed always makes him a danger to stretch a single into extra bases.


Fred Treacey -- An excellent outfielder who should also help generate many runs with his bat. During his stint as an amateur, he played for the New York Mutuals and Philadelphia Centennials.

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Philadelphia Athletics


Owner: Seth Lord

Lord comes from a prominent Philadelphia family and has decided to jump head-first into the whole "baseball craze." Although he has no formal baseball experience (he has said that cricket was always his ball and bat game of choice and that he has never even played baseball), he does bring a healthy influx of cash to the Athletics as they make the transition to professionalism. His first act was to hire long-time friend "King" Westley as the Athletic's field manager.


Manager: James "King" Westley
Known more for his exploits as a socialite and play-boy, Westley does supply Lord with some baseball know-how since he spent a few years playing organized baseball as an amateur. Whether or not Westley's fiery personality will bring the Athletics success on the diamond remains to be seen.

Despite the inexperience of the front office, owner Lord, general manager Kerns and manager Westley were able to secure the services of several high-profile professional players.


George Hall -- Hall will make his professional debut with the Athletics and is expected to man one of the outfield positions. He is a skilled batter and fielder. He is definitely a player in the new league to watch.


John Hatfield -- He is a batting star and versatile fielder who started his baseball career for the Mutual Base Ball Club of New York, both before and after spending the 1868 season as left fielder for the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Left field is his primary position. He is also famous for his "world record" long-distance throw. During an 1868 exhibition at Cincinnati's Union Grounds he threw the baseball 132 yards.


Andy Leonard -- A solid talent who can play the infield and outfield equally well. Originally born in County Cavan, Ireland, Leonard got his start in the game in New York, and later spent some time with the Cincinnati Buckeyes.


Cal McVey -- is one of the league's top catchers. He is powerfully built, with broad shoulders and barrel chest...handsome though shy, and is a favorite of the ladies. He is very conscientious and a hard worker...a good fielder, but his strength is with the ash in his hands...he has a great arm for a catcher.


George Bechtel -- A local player who has blossomed into a star. He can pitch and play in the outfield. He is a solid, if unspectacular, batsman and shows great instincts on the basepaths.
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Gotham City Eagles



Owner: Theodore Cobblepot

The Cobblepots are one of Gotham City’s most prestigious and wealthy families. When one considers Theodore Cobblepot’s inclination for all things sporting, it should come as no surprise that he spearheaded the effort to bring professional baseball to the city. It should also come as no surprise that his influence with city officials made it possible for him to secure prime real estate along the Gotham River for pennies-on-the-dollar where he is building a state-of-the-art baseball stadium with grandstands that will seat up to 20,000.

Theodore hired older brother Nathan to run the team’s business affairs. Known in Gotham social circles as ‘The Colonel,’ Nathan Cobblepot achieved fame for his bravery during the Civil War leading Union forces in the Battle of Gotham Heights.


Manager: Billy Kane
Kane was a scrappy player known for his keen baseball knowledge. While he has never coaches or managed before, his baseball ‘smarts’ on the field were widely praised. He was a strong leader during his playing days and should do well in that role for the Eagles.

The Eagles will rely on the following players to achieve success in the NBL.


Cap Anson -- Anson should start at either first or third base for the Eagles. While he is young and raw, the 6-foot, 227-pound strapping right-hander has shown flashes of brilliance in both the field and as a hitter.


Tom Brown -- Called "School Days" by his teammates for his youthful appearance, Brown was born in the Vale of White Horse in England, Brown was a top-notch bowler in cricket and footballer at Rugby school. After moving to the U.S, he quickly discovered baseball and has exceled at the game. Many favorably compare Brown’s skills as a pitcher to the late, great Jim Creighton of the Excelsiors.


Harry Schafer -- is a durable player and one of the better fielders in baseball. While he likely won’t be found among the elite hitters of the new league, he is still a solid player with the ash in his hands. It is said that he has never missed a scheduled game.


Dickey Pearce -- began playing for the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1856 and has become one of the the best shortstops in the game today. He bats with great judgment and safety.


Jimmy Wood -- Wood began playing with the Eckfords of Brooklyn in 1860. He is a superior batsman.

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A full slate of games as the National Professional Baseball League's begins its 1871 preseason exhibitions.


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The Practice games are done. Fans are eagerly anticipating Opening Day of the NPBL's inaugural 1871 season

Final Preseason Standings

Code:
               W L  Pct
Metropolis     5 1 .833
Central City   4 2 .667
Philadelphia   4 2 .667
New York       3 3 .500
Washington     3 3 .500	
Boston         2 4 .333
Gotham City    2 4 .333
Chicago        1 5 .167
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The NPBL's inaugural season gets under way today. In the only scheduled game, the Philadelphia Athletics score three in the bottom of the 9th inning to edge the visiting Boston Red Stockings 14-13.

Trailing 10-7, Boston scored five in the top of the eighth inning to take a 12-10 lead. Poor fielding by the Athletics was the primary culprit, as Philadelphia committed four errors during the Boston rally.

The A's added a run to their tally in the bottom of the eighth and Boston returned the favor with a run of their own in the top of the ninth. The score stood 13-11 in favor of Boston as Philadelphia came up to bat for the final time. John Hatfield led off and reached first-base when Boston right fielder Clipper Flynn dropped an easy fly ball. Cal McVey then singled, sending Hatfield to second. George Hall reached first on a costly throwing error that scored Hatfield and sent McVey to third-base. Everett Mills then hit a walk-off triple that scored both McVey and Hall and sealed the victory for the Athletics.


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A fun little project that began in OOTP 16. Set in the DC-Universe using real players with a sprinkling of fictional players and characters.
It looks pretty good so far; looking forward to it. Just wondered did you also edit the DC cities into the cities file, or are you just editing those that are needed to reflect them?
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It looks pretty good so far; looking forward to it. Just wondered did you also edit the DC cities into the cities file, or are you just editing those that are needed to reflect them?
Second option...though if I did it again, I'd probably go the other way.
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Standings as of May 1st, 1871



New York opened the season with a 10-9 victory over Boston and a 14-10 victory over Gotham City. Jim Foran and Charlie Gould have led the way offensively for the Knights. While not overpowering, pitcher Cherokee Fisher has been steady as New York finishes out April's schedule undefeated.

Philadelphia opened the season snatching a pair from the Boston Red Stockings 14-13 and 12-6. John Hatfield, Cal McVey and Bob Ferguson have all had hot starts for the Athletics.

Central City opened the season with a 22-8 pasting of Metropolis. In that game Pony Sager went 4-for-5 with a double, 4 runs and 2 runs batted-in and pitcher George Zettlein picked up his first victory. Metropolis returned the favor in their next meeting, winning 8-3. The Diamonds then traveled to Chicago and defeated the White Stockings 7-4. In that game, Rynie Wolters made his first start as pitcher and picked up his first win, helping his cause by driving in two runs while batting.

Washington Nationals opened strong, going on the road and shellacking Chicago 16-4 and 16-6 in their first two games. Lip Pike and Charlie Smith led the team on offense and 19 year-old Bobby Mathews looked dominate in the pitcher's box. In their next game, Metropolis brought the Nationals back to earth with a 20-5 victory at Metropolis Grounds.

Metropolis stumbled in their opener against Central City, 22-8, but bounced back to beat Central City 8-3 and Washington 20-5 in their next two. Levi Meyerle, Fergy Malone and Davy Force have started the season strong and pitcher Asa Brainard has reeled off two straight victories after a shaky opener against Central City.

Gotham City split their first two, losing 14-10 to New York and then edging Boston 10-9. Cap Anson has starred at the plate for the Eagles, batting .417 in their first two contests.

Boston has gone winless in April. However, they've been in every contest so far. They dropped their first two in Philadelphia 14-13 and 12-6 and then lost by one in New York (10-9) and in their home opener against Gotham City (11-10). Mike McGeary, John Radcliff and Frank Barrows have led the Red Stockings on offense. Pitcher Dick McBride has been the recipient of plenty of hard-luck so far, starting out the season 0-4.

Chicago might have cause to worry. They've started out 0-3 and have been outscored in their first three games 39-14. They were embarrassed at home by Washington 16-4 and 16-6, then dropped another home game to Central City 7-4. No Chicago batter is averaging above .300 and while Al Spalding is recognized as one of the premier pitchers in the league, he has started the season with a big goose-egg in the win column.

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Standings as of June 1st, 1871



As we move into summer, Metropolis and Washington have emerged as the early leaders. Metropolis has been paced by the strong pitching of Asa Brainard (10-5, 3.89) and opportunistic hitting by the trio of Levi Meyerle (.408), Davy Force (.353), and Al Reach (.333). Washington is paced by young hurler Bobby Mathews (8-5, 3.63) and power hitting by Lip Pike (.333, 1 HR) and Dan "Mighty" Casey (.258, 1 HR).

The majority of the league's other teams are treading water around the .500 mark, with only Central City and Chicago finding wins hard to come by. Philadelphia has the league's most explosive offense and boasts three batters posting averages over .400 -- Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson (.441), Bill Lennon (.407) and Cal McVey (.406). Gotham City's Tom "School Days" Brown (7-5) has the league's lowest ERA (2.74) but stretches of poor fielding and hitting by the Eagles have relegated the club to mediocrity (7-7) in the early going.

The New York club roared out of the gate red-hot, reeling off four straight victories. Owner Charles Kane covered the baseball exploits of his Knights on the front page of the Inquisitor newspaper. However, as the weather has warmed, the Knights have cooled, and as summer begins they find themselves in the second division. Likewise, Kane has now found other items to occupy the front page of the Inquisitor.

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Standings as of July 1st


Metropolis maintains its lead in the standings. Asa Brainard (20-10, 3.89 ERA) continues to pitch well. However, there are rumors of bad blood between Brainard and Wallace Luthor after Brainard went to the Metropolis owner about a raise in pay due to his performance thus far. It is said the Metropolis owner's rejection of the proposal was both loud and profane. John Bass (.349), Levi Meyerle (.347), Al Reach (.325), and Dick Higham (.329) lead the Stars at the plate.

Central City caught fire and went 10-3 in June and moved from next-to-last to second-place in the standings behind Metropolis. Bill Craver (.317) and Gat Stires (.311) lead a scrappy offense while George Zettlein (11-8, 3.09) and Rynie Wolters share pitching duties.

Washington has cooled some, playing just under .500 ball during June and dropping to third behind Metropolis and Central City. "Mighty" Casey (.295, 5HR), Bob Addy (.320) and Lip Pike (.309, 1HR) continue to power the Nationals' offense.

Gotham City and Philadelphia hover around the .500 mark, while Boston, Chicago and New York are struggling. At the end of April, New York stood atop the standings. Now, they are dead last. Pitcher Cherokee Fisher (10-17, 2.37) has been up-and-down for the Knights while Jim Foran (.350) has been the only consistent hitter for the team. There are rumors that owner Charles Kane is already considering replacing manager Tom Dugan.

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Things have tightened up quite a bit during the dog days of summer. The salary feud between Metropolis pitcher Asa Brainard and owner Wallace Luthor continued to simmer. Then Brainard injured his ankle running bases in a 12-3 loss to New York on July 8. The Stars won their next two with Al Pratt pitching in Brainard's place, but since then have gone 2-7 to finish out July, including an embarrassing 45-13 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics, who now trail Metropolis by a scant 1/2 game. Stars' Manager Hugo Danner has been tight-lipped about when Brainard (22-10, 3.70) might return to the lineup. It is said that Luthor has complained to confidants that he believes Brainard to be 'dogging it' to force the owner to concede to the pitcher's salary demands.

The race for the pennant is now so close that only 3-1/2 games separate league leading Metropolis from sixth place Boston. The Red Stockings had spent the early part of the season languishing in the league's cellar. However, pitcher Dick McBride (19-17, 4.15) found his groove and has gone 8-3 for Boston during July putting the team into the thick of the pennant hunt.

Only Chicago and New York appear to be floundering as both teams reside in the league's cellar. Chicago's only bright spot has been Ross Barnes who is batting .341 to lead the league. Washington's Dan 'The Mighty' Casey continues to awe crowds at games with his powerful "Sky-Rocket" balls and he leads the league in home runs with 10.

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