Westown in Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Birthplace of the American League
Erected 2000 by Society for American Baseball Research, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Milwaukee County Historical Society. This marker was dedicated in the centennial year of Major League Baseball’s Junior Circuit.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1858.
Location. 43° 2.512′ N, 87° 54.879′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. It is in Westown. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Marquette's Camp - 1674 (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Site in Journalism (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pere Marquette Historic Site (about 300 feet away); First African-American Church Built in Wisconsin (about 400 feet away); Andy North (about 400 feet away); Connie Carpenter (Phinney) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
Also see . . . The History of the American and National League. 2008 article by Peter Bendix on Beyond the Box Score. “When the NL reduced its teams, a minor league called the Western League saw an opportunity. In 1899, Bancroft Johnson, commissioner of the Western League, renamed his league the American League. In 1901—the year after the NL contracted four teams—the
The National League was furious. They tried to push aside the upstart AL and regain their profitable monopoly. However, it soon became apparent that the AL wasn’t going anywhere, and, in true American fashion, the NL realized that if they couldn’t beat the AL, they should join them. In 1903 the two leagues signed a new version of the National Agreement, under which they agreed that they would each be a major league, and their champions would play each other in the World Series (a fantastic marketing and profit opportunity for the two leagues).” (Submitted on May 6, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,950 times since then and 433 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 28, 2021. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on May 25, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.