Western League (1885–1899)

professional baseball leagues in the central U.S. from 1885, including 1894–1900 minor predecessor of the American League

The Western League of Professional Baseball Clubs, also called the Western League, was a minor league baseball league. It created on February 11, 1885. It focused on the Midwestern United States.

Western League of Professional Baseball Clubs
Most recent season or competition:
FoundedFebruary 11, 1885
Inaugural season1885
CEOBan Johnson (1894–1900)
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
White Stockings
Most titlesIndianapolis (4)



Before its most famous version in November 1893, the Western League existed in various forms. The League was created as a minor league on February 11, 1885.[1][2][3] The original clubs were in IndianapolisKansas CityClevelandMilwaukeeToledo and Omaha/Keokuk, Iowa.[4]


  1. "Western League versus Western Association" (PDF), SABR Minor League Newsletter, June 2002, archived from the original (PDF) on August 5, 2010, retrieved October 12, 2009
  2. Madden, W.C.; Stewart, Patrick (2002). The Western League: A Baseball History, 1885 through 1999. ISBN 0-7864-1003-5.
  3. "Baseball Chronology – 1885". TheBasebeballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  4. "1885 Western League | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.