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The first fully professional baseball team was established in Cincinnati in 1869. Team backer Aaron Champion spent $9,300 on payroll for ten players ($800–$1,400 each)—a payroll that in today’s prices would come to 22 National Pastime approximately $160,000. 38 The Red Stockings’ average salary of $930 was topped the next year when the Chicago White Stockings were formed as a professional team and paid the players an average salary of $1,200. To lure the top players from the East, the White Stockings had to offer each player a $500 advance on their salaries.
He also refused to pay his team’s expenses for an eastern road trip. In June, when Keck declared that he was disbanding his team, Hulbert opportunistically pounced on the chance to sign two of Cincinnati’s stars. A few weeks later, a group of Cincinnatians bought the team and sought the return of their stars from Chicago. Hulbert at first refused, but after considerable public uproar, compromised and returned one of the two players. Some objected to a different compromise—that Hulbert continued both to be president of the White Stockings and president of the National League.
Some objected to a different compromise—that Hulbert continued both to be president of the White Stockings and president of the National League. ”63 Not surprisingly, those NAPBBP teams that believed players should be involved in management formed their own new league in 1877, the International Association of Professional Baseball Players. The International League (IL) had no restrictions on city size or on the number of teams that could enter the league. The only requirement was that each team pay the league entry fee of $10 and dues.