1885，例如，John Montgomery Ward创造了棒球球员的兄弟。工会成立的原因是由于球员合同中保留条款的低工资。然而，这些早期的工会没有抵抗业主和游戏。自从棒球的就职典礼以来，球员们被冗长的合同捆绑在一起，他们的比赛。由于棒球很快成为一个有利可图的业务，而不是一个休闲时间活动，业主打了，并确保他们收到了很大比例的利润。因此，他们塑造了“保留条款”，他们的优势，每一个棒球球员有义务或“保留”的球队，除非球队不希望他了。球员们没有说在他们打过的地方，除非他们是自由球员。即使在那时，他们的服务的需求可能是低的，因为他们只能成为自由球员时，他们的团队发布了他们。最有可能的是，由于受伤或因为他们的年龄，球员不能做任何有关他们收到的钱的数额。那么，为什么基地球球员的兄弟会失败，谁负责拆除他们到地上？这些人想让棒球的生意更有利可图。他们想降低球员的工资，并建立一个垄断的游戏。
The social and political climate of the nineteenth century allowed the formation of American Baseball. The transformation of the United States from a rural to an urban-industrial society helped create the popularization of professional sports. Economically speaking, the eight-hour workday increased standards of living and created increased leisure time for the average American. In addition, the rising economic times allowed the formation of an America “aristocracy” that produced sufficient capital to fund sports. Further, sports journalism became popular because of communication capabilities available by the new technologies that could transfer up-to-date information. In addition, the railroad made possible the grouping of distant communities that allowed teams from different regions to create friendly turf competitions. In America’s 19th century, the new economic and social laws tightened by technology permitted widespread interest in sports.
Salaries have always been key issues in baseball, just recently in the game’s history players have enjoyed a strong bargaining position. Early players usually never made it big, actually, usually the opposite was what they lived and there were several attempts at unionization. They wanted to overcome the control owners had over the purse strings. In fact, players who went on to become members of the Baseball Hall of Fame set some of the early unions up.
In 1885, for example, John Montgomery Ward created the Brotherhood of Baseball Players. The reason for this union’s establishment was the low salaries kept in place by the reserve clause in player contracts. However, these early unions failed in resisting against the owners and the game. Since baseball’s inauguration, players were tied by lengthy contracts to the team for which they play. As baseball quickly became a profitable business rather than a leisure time activity, owners fought and made sure they received a great percentage of the profits. Therefore, they shaped the “reserve clause,” to their advantage and every baseball player was obligated or “reserved” to his team unless the team did not want him anymore. Players had no say in where they played unless they were free agents. Even then, the demand for their services was likely to be low since they could only become free agents when their team released them. Most likely, due to injuries or because of their age, the players could not do anything about the amount of money that they received. So why did the Brotherhood of Base Ball Players fail, and who was in charge of dismantling them to the ground? The owners, these people wanted to make the business of baseball more profitable. They wanted to lower player wages and to establish a monopoly of the game.