|CEO||William Abbott Witmann|
|No. of teams||8|
|Pittsburgh Filipinos (1912) but only partial season|
The United States Baseball League was a short-lived hopeful third major-league that was established in New York City in 1912 and lasted only one partial season.
In March 1912, organizers of the proposed league – described by members of the sports establishment as an "outlaw league" – met in New York's Hotel Imperial. The U.S. Baseball League subsequently organized teams in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Reading, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, D.C. The league president was William Witmann.
Sports historian Rudolf K. Haerle observed that the U.S. Baseball League "stressed the inherent 'good' of baseball for all individuals and communities, and indicated that it wished to conduct its business in the accepted capitalist style–free competition in the marketplace". Despite these lofty ambitions, the league quickly incurred the scorn and hostility of the baseball establishment. Additionally burdened with weak leadership, limited financing, poor attendance, and a lack of skillful players, the U.S. Baseball League "folded after about one month of action".
Many sports historians view the U.S. Baseball League as "a major precursor to the Federal League of 1914–1915". The Federal League, which was the last independent major league, was financed by magnates including oil "baron" Harry F. Sinclair.
The league's regular season began May 1, 1912 and ended June 5. The Richmond Times Dispatch released the intended 126-game USL schedule, to have run from April 8 through September 22.
|Reading (no name)||12||9||.571|
|Chicago Green Sox||10||12||.455|
|Cleveland Forest City||8||13||.381|
|New York Knickerbockers||2||15||.118|