Ban Johnson Essentials Positions: Bats: Throws: Weight: Born: Year: 1865 in Norwalk, OH USA Died: 3 28 1931 in St. Louis, MO USA Debut: Last Game: Hall of Fame: Inducted as a Pioneer/Executive in 1937 by Centennial Full Name:...Read More
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On March 28, 1931, Hall of Fame executive Ban Johnson dies at the age of 67. Johnson served as the first president of the American League, guiding the “junior circuit” until 1927. Johnson will win election to the Hall of Fame in...Read More
At a meeting to depose Ban Johnson as the American League president, a new 12-team National League is proposed
1920 – At a meeting to depose Ban Johnson as the American League president, a new 12-team National League, made up of the dissenting 11 teams plus one of the five teams loyal to Johnson, is agreed to. John Heydler will be its president and federal judge Kenesaw Landis the proposed chairman of the new commission. This revolutionary plan for a new senior circuit will be discarded a few days later, after four of the five American League clubs still backing Johnson agree to a joint meeting on November 12th in Chicago, IL.Read More
Submarine P Carl Mays quits the mound after two innings at Chicago, blaming his teammates for lack of support afield. American League president Ban Johnson suspends Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch. In defiance of Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Mays is returned to good standing, Boston owner Harry Frazee will trade Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw and Allen Russell and $40,000. The Yankees then get a court order restraining Johnson from interfering, further eroding Johnson’s authority and standing, and the American League directors reinstate Mays. In retaliation, on October 29th the National Commission will refuse to recognize the Yankees’ third-place finish and will withhold the players’ share of the World Series pool. New York’s owners will pay out of their own pockets, and Johnson will never recover his authority.Read More
1913 – In a story in the New York Times, Detroit Tigers President Frank Navin blames the length of the games on the coaches’ boxes. Navin, reacting to American League President Ban Johnson’s complaint that too many games the previous season had taken two hours to play, says the boxes should be moved back so that the catcher can give the pitcher his signals more quickly. From where they are now, he said, the coaching players can detect the catcher’s signals unless he takes a lot of time to hide them. Navin said this slow signalling is the reason for the longer games.Read More
National Commission adopts a rule that bars World Series winners from playing post-season exhibition games.
1911 – At Laughery club house, near Rising Sun, IN, the National Commission adopts a rule that bars World Series winners from playing post-season exhibition games. This obscure rule will lead to a direct confrontation between Babe Ruth and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1921.Read More
American League president Ban Johnson declares Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb the league’s batting champ after questioning Nap Lajoie’s suspicious multi-hit performance in a season-ending doubleheader against the Browns. With the Georgia Peach sitting out the last two games of the season, hoping to hold onto his thin lead, the Cleveland second baseman, with the St. Louis shortstop playing deeper than usual, collected eight hits, six of which were bunts.
American League president Ban Johnson declares Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb the league’s batting champ after questioning Nap Lajoie’s suspicious multi-hit performance in a season-ending doubleheader against the Browns. With the Georgia Peach sitting out the last two games of the season, hoping to hold onto his thin lead, the Cleveland second baseman, with the St. Louis shortstop playing deeper than usual, collected eight hits, six of which were bunts.Read More
The American League gives Ban Johnson a raise to $15,000 for the remaining four years of his contract.
1906 – The American League gives Ban Johnson a raise to $15,000 for the remaining four years of his contract.Read More
Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey lease Sportsman’s Park for five years for an American League team. Two weeks later, they announced the Brewers, one of the league’s eight charter franchises, will be leaving Milwaukee to play in St. Louis as the Browns next season.Read More
1900 – The National League considers going back to 12 teams to counter American League moves into some cities. Club owners invite Ban Johnson to come to the NL meeting, but change their mind about compromise and leave the AL head outside the meeting room. The NL awards the AL’s Minnesota and Kansas City territories to the new Western League, even before the AL officially abandons them. The NL agrees to hear the players in a public meeting, but rejects all their demands.
1900 – The National League considers going back to 12 teams to counter American League moves into some cities. Club owners invite Ban Johnson to come to the NL meeting, but change their mind about compromise and leave the AL head outside the meeting room. The NL awards the AL’s Minnesota and Kansas City territories to the new Western League, even before the AL officially abandons them. The NL agrees to hear the players in a public meeting, but rejects all their demands.Read More
1900 – At the National League meetings at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, rumors fly. Ban Johnson says the American League has signed a lease on a park in Detroit. The Players Protective Association says its members will not sign with the NL.
1900 – At the National League meetings at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, rumors fly. Ban Johnson says the American League has signed a lease on a park in Detroit. The Players Protective Association says its members will not sign with the NL.Read More
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