MLB to Cancel Little League Classic Game Due to Disappointing Beer Sales

Williamsport, PA - According to Sports Media Watch, Sunday’s Cubs-Pirates Little League Classic averaged 1.76 million viewers on ESPN, an 8% increase in viewers over last year’s contest between the Mets and Phillies. Despite the terrific ratings, Major League Baseball has decided to discontinue the Little League Classic after beer sales failed to meet projections.... Continue Reading →

Charlie Bennett Sued by Allegheny Ball-Club After Refusing to Sign Contract for 1883 Season

Allegheny Base-Ball Club v. Bennett, 14 Fed. 257 (W.D. Pa. 1882)   Charlie Bennett was enjoying a productive 1882 season as the primary catcher for the Detroit Wolverines (NL) when the club traveled to play a series in Worchester, Massachusetts in early August.  Before arriving in Worchester, Bennett met secretly with Al Pratt of the Allegheny... Continue Reading →

Over Fifty Years Before Jackie Robinson Broke Major League Baseball’s Color Barrier, an Integrated Minor League Team Battled for the Rights to Future Hall of Fame Black Ballplayer Frank Grant

Harrisburg Base-Ball Club v. Athletic Association, 1890 WL 2997, Pa.Com.Pl. (1890)Who was Frank Grant?The plaintiff in this case, better known as the Cuban Giants, was admitted to Eastern Interstate League as the representative from York, Pennsylvania and played as the Monarchs.  The manager of the defendant Harrisburg Ponies, James Farrington, was none too pleased that... Continue Reading →

Houston Astros Ownership Files Fraud Lawsuit against Drayton McLane over Botched TV Deal

Houston Baseball Partners, LLC v. McLane Champions, et al., No. 201370769, Harris County, TexasThe wrangling over future broadcasts of Houston Astros games has finally come to blows as the Houston Baseball Partners, LLC ownership group, led by Jim Crane, has filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas alleging misrepresentation and fraud.  Specifically, the petition alleges... Continue Reading →

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