The Continental League

Almost a baseball league

New baseball league proposed

William Shea proposed the Continental League in November of 1958, and it was formally announced on July 27, 1959.
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A Letter From Continental League President Branch Rickey To American League President Joseph Cronin

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Effect on MLB

Although there was never a game played in the Continental League, the MLB felt pressured by it and it ultimately resulted in the MLB expansion.

Failure of the continental league

Before ever playing a game, the Continental League failed. The opposition from Major League Baseball team owners resulted in the failure. The MLB would continue to have a monopoly on professional baseball, but did add four teams in response to the threat of a rival league.


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