A personality dispute between the sport's main brokers prevented the World Series from being played ninety years ago. The National League and American League were supposed to meet for a series of games that would have been held in Chicago, but before the season started, the two leagues went to court to resolve their differences. The courts ruled in favor of the American League, forcing the National League to cancel the rest of its schedule.
The major leagues had scheduled six games between the two divisions, but since they couldn't come to an agreement on revenue sharing or other issues, they decided not to play them. This is the only year in which this has happened. The National League wanted to move the games to Louisville, Kentucky but the American League refused this proposal.
This dispute caused a lot of tension between the two leagues and may have influenced the decision by the Federal Baseball Commission to ban baseball during World War I. The two leagues finally resolved their differences in 1920 and the World Series has been played every year since then without any problems happening again.
Here are the facts about 1904: The Boston Red Sox were undefeated (20-0) going into the season's final game against the Chicago Cubs.
The World Series was designed to be a showdown between two leagues that had never met each other during the regular season (until the introduction of interleague play in 1997). It was rightly named the World Series since it featured practically all professional baseball players. The first World Series was played in 1903 and has been going strong ever since.
It is so called because it was intended to be a series of games that would determine who was the world champion of baseball. At the time, there were only two major league teams in America: the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. These are the teams that would meet up in the World Series.
The winner of the World Series receives a trophy called the Commissioner's Trophy. It is given out by the president of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) after they conclude their respective seasons. The trophy stays with that team until they win the next World Series championship. If they lose the next year then it goes back to being the property of the previous year's winner.
The SportingNews has a World Series history starting in 1911. On December 1, 2008, the original was archived. The series was canceled in 1904 owing to the refusal of the NL champions to participate, and again in 1994 due to a players' strike. Toledo, oh Toledo! What happened to your franchise? The city's minor league team was relocated after the '94 season and renamed after its new owner.
In 1911, the National League cancelled the season due to fears that its members might join together to form a rival circuit. The Davenports owned the Chicago Cubs at the time and they played only 88 games instead of the required 90. The Cubs finished first in the standings with 83 wins against 13 losses. However, since they had already won the pennant by one game, they did not qualify for the postseason tournament.
In 1912, the league resumed its schedule from then on out-of-season until 1934 when it began holding its seasons from April to October.
In comparison to the contemporary World Series, these series were chaotic, with the terms negotiated beforehand by the owners of the championship teams. The winner of each series received a prize money equal to that given for today's World Series.
These series began in 1877 and ended in 1899. In between time, there was no World Series because of a labor dispute between players and managers. The players wanted $5,000 as their share of league profits while the managers thought it was enough if they just got half of what the players did. So in order to keep them off the field, the owners agreed to give them $10,000 if they could beat the Chicago Cubs in the race for the National League pennant. That year, the Cubs won the last game of the season with a 4-3 decision over Chicago White Stockings but since there was no contract involved, neither team officially won or lost a thing.
So the World Series started again in 1900 and has been played ever since. These were the only years in which it was not held during the regular season as we know it today; instead, it was held at various times throughout the year until 1903 when it was moved to its present schedule.