1896 Baseball Season →
The 1895 Southern Union Baseball season was the first season of professional baseball within the Southern Union. The inaugural Super Ligan season was the only officially recognized professional league to be contested during the year.
The 1895 Super Ligan season was the first season of professional baseball within the Koana Islands. It began on 5th of April 1895 and concluded on the 4th August the same year. Each of the 10 member clubs played the other 6 times over two, three-game series, once at home and twice away, for a total of 54 games. Each series took place over 18 consecutive Friday-to-Sundays.
The competition was won by Vizhune IS who finished 7 games clear of Körsbärstad IF having taken top spot from AIF Thomassmåstad on the 19th of May and never relinquished it.
At the bottom of the Standings, rivals Ny Aucklanda IF and Omfattandestad BoIS spent much of the season languishing below .500 with the latter of the two struggling on defense. Uckford Ducks struggled for much of the season and finished last with just 19 wins on the year, including a dreadful 2-10 record in April.
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The re-election system is a process by which the worst-placed clubs in the competition had to reapply for their place, while clubs not participating could apply for a place. The bottom three teams (Ny Aucklanda IF, Omfattandestad BoIS and Uckford Gemeskap) all had had to face their Super Ligan peers at the Annual General Meeting of the League. At the AGM the league members had the choice to either vote to retain the current league members, or allow entry to the League for non-League clubs which had applied.
- Omfattandestad BoIS – 12 (re-elected)
- Ny Aucklanda IF – 9 (re-elected)
- Uckford Gemenskap – 6 (re-elected)
- BK Randia – 2
- Sandford Stad BF – 1
- Embleton Artillery Social Baseboll Klub – 0
All current members of the Super Ligan were re-elected for the 1896 season, although Embleton Artillery Social Baseboll Klub owner Niclas Nordin was believed to be incensed at the result which he claimed didn’t properly factor in the ability of the players:
“How a competition can remain fair and balanced when the member clubs can vote on their peers is nothing short of disgusting.
“[Embleton] have amongst the best ball players in the nation, and yet we failed to get a single vote at the [Super Ligan AGM]. I believe the Super Ligan teams to be protecting their interests as they don’t want to be humiliated on the field by a vastly superior group of baseballers”.
With the success of the Super Ligan garnering big space in newspapers up and down the country, rumblings began to circulate of a rival competition.