Nicholas Young

  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits I: 1850-1874
  • City: Washington, D.C.
  • Team: Nationals
  • League: National Association (NAPBBP)

Nicholas Ephraim Young (1840-1916) shepherded the National League from its inception in 1876 until the strains of dealing with the upstart AL caused his departure in 1902. Young was president from 1885-1902. Led the “Senior Circuit” during tumultuous years of job actions (the Players’ League), merger with the American Association in 1892, and the arrival of the competing American League.

  • A former cricket player & government official, Young played amateur ball in Washington D.C.
  • Organized the meeting that established the first pro league (Nat’l Assoc of Pro BB Players)
  • His struggle to survive as NL leader against Al Spalding’s bid led to a compromise choice: Harry Pulliam

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