Eastern League of 1916 through the mid-season of
1932 was an American minor baseball league and the third of
four circuits to use the Eastern League name since the
The successor to an early 20th century edition
of the New England League
, it is
not related to the current Eastern League
, which formed in
from the former New
, or the current International League
, which was known
as the Eastern League from 1892 through 1911.
The Eastern League of 1916-32 was a mid- to higher classification
league, beginning in 1916 as a Class B circuit and upgraded to
Class A in 1919. Its president, Tim
, a former sportswriter, and many of its original member
clubs were inherited from the New England League, which ceased
operation in 1915. While most of its teams were centered in
England and upstate New York, in its
later years the Eastern League admitted teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia.
league consisted of eight teams annually during its existence.
Haven franchise, owned and operated by George Weiss from 1919-29, won four
of its 17 championships — though under multiple nicknames.
would go on to a Baseball Hall of Fame career as a top executive with the New York Yankees.
This edition of the Eastern League collapsed during the nadir of
the Great Depression
on July 17
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of
Minor League Baseball, third edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007.