Below is an excerpt from an upcoming E-book about the KRAP League. Fans of the book Kansaska have asked for more about the league itself and I’ve done countless hours of research into the history of league where for one season, the baserunners ran in the opposite direction. Of course, you won’t find the history of this league in the Baseball Hall of Fame library. Or any library for that matter. But you can download the ebook for free when it’s finished. If you want to know when it’s available, click here to sign up for my newsletter.
The Original Six
Americans have been playing baseball in some form since 1839. They have been paying money to watch since 1880’s. Since that time, a hierarchy evolved that distinguished the best of the best from the not-so-great. Those good enough to be paid for their talents played in the major leagues, AAA, AA, and all the way down to A. Those that didn’t make the cut could still get paid to play the game. From the late 1800’s through the 1950’s, semi-pro leagues sprung up all across the country. Americans couldn’t get enough baseball and since there were fewer Major League teams and no television to watch them, semi-pro teams gave people their baseball fix.