Johnson, Byron

Byron Johnson
Born: January 5, 1864, Norwalk, Ohio
Died: March 28, 1931, St. Louis, Missouri
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1937

The founder of the American League, Ban Johnson was baseball's most influential executive for nearly a quarter of a century. As president of the Western League, he changed its name to the American League in 1900 and claimed major league status the following year. Despite opposition by National League owners, the new league quickly proved its competitiveness on the field and at the gate. Johnson became the most significant member of the National Commission, baseball's ruling body until 1920.

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Did You Know: 
that Ban Johnson was a sportswriter in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a baseball executive?
He was the most brilliant baseball man the game has ever known. He was more responsible for making baseball the national game than anyone in the history of the sport.
Will Harridge