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    (1884-1884)
    (1884)
    Founded by Henry Lucas
    Teams were the Altoona (Kansas City) Unions, Baltimore Monumentals, Boston Unions, Chicago Browns (Pittsburgh Stogies), Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, Keystones of Philadelphia, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Maroons, Wilmington Quicksteps, Milwaukee Grays and St. Paul Whitecaps
    Lone champion was the St. Louis Maroons
    Henry Lucas owned both the league and the St. Louis Maroons. Can you say conflict of interest?
    As a result, the Maroons dominated while the other teams failed to keep up.
    The lack of balance was the main reason for the league only lasting one season.
    The Maroons eventually joined the National League. Since they actually had to play real teams, they folded after two years.
    Most of its teams were so desperate to fill out their rosters that they picked random people off the street.
    Only five teams made it through the entire season.
    Two different teams changed locations twice during the course of the season.
    Despite its chaos, it is officially recognized as a major league.
    It challenged the then-standard reserve clause, a rule that kept players from switching teams.
    The Keystones' Jack Clements was the first catcher to use a chest protector in the major leagues.
    They had the major leagues' original Washington Nationals.
    It makes the XFL functional in comparison.

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