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Ban Johnson

Founder of Baseball's American League Ban Johnson

Full Name: Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson
Profession: Founder of Baseball's American League

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Johnson was founder and first president of the American League, which was intended as an alternative to the National League. The National League had become an unwelcome environment for women and children, against which Johnson empowered the umpires in his league to discipline players.

Born: January 6, 1864
Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: March 28, 1931 (aged 67)

Historical Events

  • 1900-03-16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • 1900-10-31 AL President Ban Johnson writes to NL President Nick Young seeking peace
  • 1902-07-08 Baltimore manager John McGraw is accused by AL President Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Orioles & Washington Senators; negotiates his release from the Orioles, having already signed with NY Giants
  • 1912-05-19 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball
  • 1919-12-10 NY, Boston, & Chicago, oppose AL resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties
  • 1920-11-08 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th
  • 1923-10-19 Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing in their parks
  • 1925-12-09 AL extends Ban Johnson's contract to 1935 & raise to $40,000
  • 1927-10-17 Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL President

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